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The David was carved by Tuscan artist Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564), one of the top artists in history famous not only for his lifelike sculptures, but also for painting (including the Sistine Chapel), architecture (with the St Peter’s Basilica dome) and more.

The David statue was to be part of a series of 12 Old Testament statues that were to be commissioned by the Overseers of Florence’s Cathedral around a century prior.

Donatello made his Joshua statue in 1410. Agostino di Duccio created Hercules in 1463 and commenced carving the David a year on, in marble brought especially to Florence from the famed marble area Carrara. Alas, not long after his work on the statue ceased. Around ten years later, Rossellino took over the completion of the David, but his project was also left by the wayside.

In 1501, when Michelangelo was a mere 26 years old, he was tasked with completing the David. Two years later, his masterpiece was complete.

Weighing 6 tons, the idea of placing Michelangelo’s David on top of Florence’s Cathedral was swiftly abandoned. Instead, it was posted in front of Florence’s Town Hall – Il Palazzo Vecchio – in the Piazza della Signoria.

In 1873, the local government decided that it was not such a bright idea to leave such a treasure to the elements, moving it to a specially-designed room within the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze that had been created less than a century prior. It remains in this stunning space to this day.

In 1910, a replica of Michelangelo’s David was placed in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, in the statue’s original position.

The Original Florence Walk

Art & Galleries - Families & Kids - Cities & History -
€ 29.00

Join the fun – we offer the chance to experience the entertaining walking adventure featured on numerous TV documentaries. Highly recommended by just about every major travel guide, our exploration of the city’s streets is a great way to learn about its fascinating past. 

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Original David and Accademia Museum Tour

Art & Galleries - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours -
€ 36.00

Visit the Accademia and watch art and history be brought to life by our guides. Ours is the only tour that focuses solely on Michelangelo and his statue of David, allowing you to marvel at the masterpiece and discover its story in a small group.
 

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Exclusive Florence in One Glorious Day (or Two!) A Private Tour

Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours - Special Discounted Packages - Cities & History - Architecture & Monuments -
from € 109.00

Experience the beauty and culture of Florence with your own personal guide on these private exclusive tours when you book a place on this discounted bundle that explores the city’s intimate ancient stories. Join our local experts for six hours of the best sites and scenes, including the historical centre and the two world-renowned museums - the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery Museum.

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Original Florence Walk & David Tour

Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Families & Kids - Special Discounted Packages -
from € 55.00

See Florence’s urban history come to life on this exclusive guided visit of the historic centre that also includes a viewing of Michelangelo's original David at the Accademia. Focusing on the historically-rich areas north of the river and to the west of Santa Croce, you’ll be flipping through the proverbial pages of over 2,000 years of tantalizing history.

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Perfect Day Hiking in Tuscany Tour

Active & Outdoors - Wine - Countryside - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours -
€ 95.00

A unique and active way to take in gorgeous vistas, led by an expert guide and including a traditional Tuscan lunch, and olive oil and wine tasting.
 
 

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The Original Florence Walk - A Private Tour

Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours - Cities & History - Architecture & Monuments -
from € 20.00

Step back in time through more than 2,000 years of tantalising and tumultuous history to find out how this glorious city became one of the most important art centres of all time. See fabulous masterpieces and hear about the astounding events that happened here which shocked the Florentines...

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Uffizi Gallery & Bargello Sculpture Museum

Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Eco-Friendly Tours - Cities & History - Architecture & Monuments -
from € 59.00

Enjoy the best of The Renaissance period’s masterpieces with a 2 hour guided exploration of the Uffizi Gallery, followed by a 1-hour visit to one the greatest Florentine treasures - the Bargello.

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Exclusive Highlights of Florence Private Tour

Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Eco-Friendly Tours - Special Discounted Packages - Cities & History - Architecture & Monuments -
from € 80.00

Enjoy an in-depth exploration of the city with your own personal guide. See the David by Michelangelo, explore the famous Uffizi Gallery, and enjoy a brief introduction to the historic center.

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The Genius of Michelangelo Tour

Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Families & Kids -
from € 84.00

With your own personal guide, follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo. Dive into the life and death of this sometimes difficult and troubled character whose monumental influence is still felt today.

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Michelangelo’s Medici Tour

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from € 74.00

Let our expert guides offer you a unique perspective on the world’s greatest artist. We unravel the complex web woven between Michelangelo and his powerful yet demanding patrons, the Medici family. 

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My Exclusive Florence for Kids-A Private Florence Walking Tour

Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours - Special Discounted Packages - Cities & History -
from € 53.00

Let our great guides help your children explore and learn about this magical destination. You and the kids will be taken on adventures designed to engage even the youngest of travellers! We are experts at bringing the past to life with fascinating and fun tales.

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A Perfect Morning in Tuscany

Wine - Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Countryside -
from € 99.00

Experience the simple pleasures that make this area one of Italy’s most famous, and loved regions. The magnificent countryside plays host to a half-day full of hiking, followed by a feast of the freshest local delicacies, accompanied (as always!) by the best regional wines.

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Pre-reserved Accademia Museum Entry - Tickets Only

Museum Tickets & Reservations -
€ 30.00

Housing one of the world's most famous statues - Michelangelo's David - the Accademia museum is a must-see for any visit to Florence.
Whilst you don't want to skip seeing this masterpiece, you may want to skip the longest lines to enter. Book ahead for the fastest entry possible.

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