ACADEMY GALLERY AND HIGHLIGHT OF FLORENCE
Michelangelo’s “David”, “Ponte Vecchio Bridge” and the highlight of – Florence
Walking Tour of Florence and Academy Gallery, let yourself be surrounded by the wonders of Italian Renaissance in the Historic Centre of Florence and give a closer look to the great sculpture “David” by the famous artist Michelangelo inside “the Academy of Fine Arts” and to all the treasures that “the Academy of Fine Arts” hides.
Our expert local guide will lead you during the first step of The Walking Tour of Florence and Academy Gallery through the historic centre alleys to the discovery of the iconic monuments of Florence which are also symbols of one of the most fascinating eras of Italian history. ....
Our Walking Tour and Academy Gallery will reach “Piazza della Repubblica”, considered the very centre of the city since Roman era and mainly known today for being a theatre for street artists and for the colorful carousel. Afterwards, our guide will lead you to visit the “Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore” – better known as the “Duomo” -, the “Baptistery of St John” and “Giotto’s Bell Tower”. The Walking Tour and Academy Gallery will also reach “Ponte Vecchio Bridge” and the “Piazza della Signoria” through the “Uffizi courtyard”, “Palazzo Vecchio” where you will be able to see the beautiful statues of the “Loggia dei Lanzi”.
After this immersive walk through the history of Florence home of “Dante Alighieri” and the city that gave hospitality to great minds such as “Leonardo Da Vinci” and “Michelangelo” among others, the Walking Tour and Academy Gallery will lead to the second most important and visited museum of Florence. Located near the University of Florence and easily reachable from the Historic Centre, the “Academy Gallery” is smaller and more specialized than the “Uffizi” but exhibits the most of Michelangelo’s sculptures and of course the “David”. The statue that we can found today in the “Piazza della Signoria” is actually a copy of the real one that was moved to the “Academy Gallery” due to the precarious conditions of preservation. The “Academy of Arts and Design of Florence” was instituted by “Cosimo de’ Medici” in 1563 but the “Academy Gallery” was founded only in the 1784, when the “Great Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo” reorganized it in the “Modern Academy of Fine Arts”. The “Academy Gallery” welcomes you in the “Hall of the Colossus” and guides you through many works of arts and among them you will be able to admire the famous “Madonna of the Sea” by “Sandro Botticelli”, mainly known for being the father of “Birth of Venus” which is displayed in the “Uffizi Gallery”. A section of of the “Gallery” is called “Hall of the Prisoners” and it is dedicated to Michelangelo’s unfinished statues called the “Slaves”.
If you are a music enthusiast, you will be excited to know that “The Academy Gallery” also hosts a “Music Instrument Museum” that collects the “Grand Ducal Collection” of 50 instruments and the original handmade “Antonio Stradivari” violin.
Book now your Walking Tour and Academy Gallery and discover the most iconic corners of Florence and dive into the sea of art and culture from the fascinating Italian Renaissance.