Academy of Florence
The Gallery owes its popularity to the presence of several sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prisoners, the St. Matthew and especially the famous David, brought here in 1873, which was built for the spectacular gallery.
In the adjacent rooms, derived from two ancient monasteries, were collected from the nineteenth century, important works of art from the Academy of Design, the Academy of Fine Arts and from suppressed convents.
They are mostly religious paintings made by great masters operating in Florence and around the second half of the thirteenth century to the late sixteenth century. In particular, the collection of tables with gold background is unique. In the first floor rooms you can admire a magnificent collection of late Gothicpolyptychs, in all parts still intact.
Deign of note, the plaster casts of two sculptors of the nineteenth century: Lorenzo Bartolini and Luigi Pampaloni, and the collection of Russian Icons.
Recently the Gallery has been enriched with the Department of Musical Instruments, which includes ancient, important instruments of the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini, from the Medici and Lorraine collections. The tour proceeds to the Cathedral with the famous bell tower of the cathedral made of white, pink and green marbles, designed by Giotto, with bas-reliefs by Pisano and della Robbia. The Baptistery was originally a pagan temple with gilded bronze doors of which the Gates of Paradise are part of. Reaching the Ponte Vecchio, entirely occupied by shops of gold and jewelry we continue to discover the history of the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of political power, and Piazza Signoria, the center of social life, built on top of the ruins of houses of thirteenth century and its magnificent loggia.
The tour includes:
- private English speaker local guide
- Tickets with Skip the line option to Galleria dell’Accademia
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