The Accademia is a mecca for art lovers because it is home to Michelangelo's David. Because of that, almost any month of the year, you may stand in line outside for up two to four hours before even being admitted to the gallery. Bad weather or severe heat could discourage even the most determined traveler. Advance reservations are an absolute must to avoid this waste of your precious holiday time.
Tuesday - Sunday, 8:15am-6:50pm
Mondays, December 25, January 1 and May 1
If you are planning to visit the Uffizi Galleries also, they are about 20 minutes' walk from the Accademia. If you are visiting on your own without a guide, we recommend you visit the museums on two different days to avoid "museum overload"! Also if you are arriving in Florence the same day as your visit please account for the fact that your plane/train/bus may be late.
Because the museum is so vast and rich, we recommend you consider a private guided tour. This is a wonderful way to maximize the time you spend in these sometimes overwhelming artistic treasure troves. Our guides are affable Florentines who speak excellent English, French, German or Spanish and specialize in bringing the works of art to life for young and old alike.
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