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Introduction to Florence Tour: Accademia Gallery, Michelangelo's David and Skip-the-Line Tickets

Experience the city's stunning art galleries and iconic landmarks with a local expert
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Tour Details
3.5 hours
Product Type
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Michelangelo's David
  • Florence Duomo
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Accademia Gallery
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Tour Description
Enjoy an introductory half-day tour of Florence's must-see sites, intertwined with remarkable historical narratives and unexpected learnings of the Italian Renaissance – provided by context clues that have survived through the ages. Your introduction to the city begins with Piazza della Repubblica, which has a long history as Florence's commercial center during the Roman era.

You will then stroll through the center of the city to the Piazza della Signoria, which was the political epicenter of Renaissance Florence. Next, be prepared to be impressed as you marvel at the most important landmark in Florence Brunelleschi's masterpiece, the iconic Duomo. You will circle the impressive exterior and discuss the importance of this fourth largest cathedral in the world, and learn about the nearby Baptistery and its role in Florentine art and civic history.

You will make your way to the Accademia Gallery and view its famous masterpiece, Michelangelo’s statue of David. You’ll learn about the life of Michelangelo in Florence and how his techniques forever changed the way that artists and sculptors approached their craft. Your guide will discuss Michelangelo’s early years and career under the patronage of the powerful Medici family, and admire David, the artist's masterpiece and consummate symbol of the Florentine Renaissance.
  • You crave an elevated experience with a guide who has advanced academic knowledge
  • You like to connect with fellow art enthusiasts and share your passion
  • You want to discover the stories and insights behind famous paintings and sculptures
  • Accademia Gallery – museum that houses Michelangelo's iconic statue of David as well as other works of Renaissance art.
  • Michelangelo's Statue of David – masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture depicting the biblical hero David.
  • Piazza della Repubblica – square in the heart of Florence, surrounded by elegant cafes and historic buildings.
  • Florence Duomo – cathedral considered to be one of the most important landmarks of the Renaissance.
  • Includes skip-the-line access tickets to the Accademia Gallery.
  • Upon receiving your order, our team will secure a guide. Once the venue tickets are released, we will purchase them. Our team will be in touch with alternative options if we cannot secure tickets for the date and time you requested. 
  • Depending on your group size, we may be required by the venue to order headsets in which case you’ll see a “Headset Fee” added to your order. 
  • Check out our upcoming online lectures which transport you to Florence, accompanied by a leading Context Expert. 
Wheelchair accessibility
  • Accademia Gallery is wheelchair accessible, has lifts and is equipped with handicap fitted bathrooms. All tour stops are within 6 minutes walking from each other. 
Service Dogs
  • Service dogs are allowed if you have a medical certificate proving the need. 
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Is the Duomo included on this tour?  
Yes, you will see the Duomo on this tour and discuss its magnificent exterior and significance. It doesn’t however include a visit inside the cathedral. If you wish to visit inside and learn more about the Duomo, book our Florence with Kate, Cultural Historian or Florence Duomo Tour with Private Terrace Access.

Is the Uffizi Gallery included on this tour?  
It’s not. If you’re interested in the Uffizi Gallery, we highly recommend you book our Uffizi Gallery Tour: A Guided Crash Course with Skip-the-Line Tickets.

What is the difference between Introduction to Florence Tour and Florence Night Tour? 
The tours overlap quite a bit! The main difference is that this tour is led during the day and includes the Accademia Gallery, whereas the Florence Night Tour is exclusively outside.

What are skip-the-line tickets?
For this tour, your tickets are pre-purchased which allows you to skip the ticket office line upon arrival at the museum. You may still have to wait in a security line or in a line to have your pre-purchased ticket scanned.   

Why do I need to purchase a ticket to Galleria dell’Accademia for my child?  
Although admission is free for those under 18, you would have to wait in a separate line upon arrival to prove your child’s age. We typically purchase tickets for everyone on the tour, so that we may bypass this line, which can be quite long, and have more time in the museum.
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Susanna was an informative guide who specialized in art history and pointed out interesting aspects of Florence’s architecture, art and public spaces that I wouldn’t have known on my own. She was very knowledgeable about the region, as she is from Tuscany, and she offered to answer any questions or go beyond what the tour entailed. She was also very welcoming and warm. Would recommend her again.
Our tour with Molly was informative, interesting and fun. She is a delight and happy to answer our many questions.
Helen was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would certainly use again.