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.