Highlights of the Accademia





This museum is much smaller than the Uffizi. It has a collection of Renaissance paintings, but mainly it is a treasure trove of masterpiece sculptures, such as:



David, carved from a single block of marble when Michelangelo was only 26 years old


    

The Slaves, by Michelangelo for the tomb of Julius II: they are fascinating because they have not yet "freed" themselves from the marble in which the artist "found" them




The Palestrina Pietà, by Michelangelo



San Matteo, by Michelangelo




Cassone Adimari, an ornate 15th-century Tuscan wedding chest


Almost no traveler to Florence wants to miss seeing David, so lines here are usually even longer than those in front of the Uffizi. In busier months the doors are simply closed when the crowds are too large. Click here for advance reservations.