The Original David Tour - Accademia Museum

Skip-the-line entry to see Michelangelo’s David sculpture with our expert guides

Michelangelo’s David Tour – The stories and sagas

  • Michelangelo’s David may be world famous, but few people know the extraordinary history behind the stunning Renaissance statue.
  • We’ll let you in on all the stories – From the drama of his commission, the neglected piece of marble found and transformed by the sculptor, to its logistically complex placement in Florence.
  • Get up close and notice features you wouldn’t on your own. Our charismatic guides share with you the details and quirks of the creation of one of the most important sculptures of all time!

The Original David Tour – Features and Benefits

  • Enjoy fastest possible access to the Accademia Gallery, skipping the line
  • Be met by our personally trained guides who will lead you through the museum with insight and wit
  • We only do small group tours, so you can ask as many questions as you like and engage with the guide directly

The Original David Tour – What you’ll discover

  • An exclusive introduction to the Galleria dell’Accademia. It houses not only Michelangelo’s most famous work the David, but other collections as well
  • Hear the stories of Michelangelo’s life, a tormented but brilliant poet, artist, and genius, who lived like a pauper but died a multi-millionaire
  • You’ll understand the unique origin of the marble used by Michelangelo, and learn about the circumstances of the David’s unconventional creation
  • Along with seeing the centerpiece of Michelangelo’s works, the David, you’ll be introduced to his other works in the museum
  • These are often known as the ‘non-finito’ works – ‘unfinished’. A series of twisted bodies, deliberately still partly encapsulated in the marble, representing the soul’s eternal struggle to escape the material body. Let us bring these to life for you!

Tour Details

Sites Visited

The Accademia Gallery in Florence and the streets of Florence with Michelangelo’s traces

Highlights of the Original David Tour include:   

  • Enjoy the fastest possible access to the Accademia museum in the company of a great guide
  • See the David by Michelangelo, a must-see masterpiece in Florence considered by many as the greatest piece of art ever made
  • Our David tour will tell you about the amazing creation of Michelangelo’s statue plus an exclusive introduction to other works by Michelangelo
  • Discover the interesting history of the marble, where Michelangelo carved his famous statue and the original place it was supposed to be positioned
  • Hear about Michelangelo – a fascinating and difficult genius, a tormented poet and one of the most talented masters of the Renaissance who died a miserly multi-millionaire
  • Experience an exclusive introduction to his other famous works and much more
  • Accademia ticket price and museum reservation fees included in the price, with no hidden extras

Looking for a Private Tour?

We can arrange The Original David Tour as an exclusive Private tour for you!

Not included:
Gratuities, drinks and snacks

Florence city center

Dress Code:
Comfortable shoes

This tour runs rain or shine

Meeting time and dates:
4:45 pm Tuesday to Saturday throughout March to November (plus 2nd-5th Sundays from 1 April to 31 October).

Meeting Point

Outside Caffè Scudieri
Piazza di San Giovanni, 19/R


You won’t have to wait in line with the rest of the visitors that do not have a reservation, there is a separate entrance for people who have skip-the-line reservation but you still have to go through security check and there might be a line for that.

Yes, you will be accompanied by one of the museum guards through a different entry.

Yes, you can combine this tour with the Original Florence Walk and the Uffizi tour to cover all the highlights of Florence, but we recommend spreading the tours over at least 2 days.

Yes, children of all ages are allowed on the tour.

The shared group tour runs in English only, but we can arrange private tours in other languages.

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12 reviews for The Original David Tour – Accademia Museum

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ann Smith:

    Guide’s knowledge was amazing and she presented the information very logically and in a compelling way. I loved going by the Duomo first to get that perspective and building to David himself. Your tours are fantastic and the audio link really helps the experience – also thank you for restaurant recommendations!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nanaimo B.C:

    Wanting to avoid the huge lines at the Accademia we took Rick Steves advice and booked a walking tour of the museum with ArtViva The tour we took was the Original David Tour, which concentrates on the statue of David within the Accademia. Our guide was excellent and it was obvious to us that she was very passionate about art in general, and Florentine art and Michelangelo’s David in particular. She provided some very unique insights into Michelangelo’s style and the approaches he used to create this breathtaking statue. I highly recommend ArtViva. They provide exceptional service and are professional in every way.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn West:

    We thought the Original David tour was absolutely fantastic – interesting and educational

  4. 5 out of 5

    James and Chelsea Lamb:

    The David tour was wonderful! Great information and also interesting! Look forward to doing more Artviva Walking Tours on our next trip to Italy. Very professional, helpful, and trustworthy in a sea of ‘tour guides’ that fall short.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karin Franchino:

    Irene was an outstanding tour guide, beautiful display of The Original David. Also great display of other unfinished sculptures by Michael Angelo. A must tour for anyone visiting Florence.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Definitely would recommend to friends…:

    Definitely would recommend to friends and family

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy Zimmer:

    Irene is a terrific guide. Her PhD in Art History gave us a very insightful perspective and depth of the famous statue David. Sweet personality too! Loved the tour.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Burston:

    Our guide was very knowledgeable! She explained things about the Statue of David that we would have never known. It was a short tour, but well worth it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Newton:

    Klaus is an excellent tour guide and his knowledge was superb! It was a fantastic experience!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lara Brown:

    We didn’t have to wait at all. After a nice little introduction to the Duomo and surrounding area we went into the Galleria with our humorous and intelligent guide. He pointed out some really fascinating things and answered all our questions. Would really recommend!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barbara K.:

    This tour was excellent because of the very knowledgeable guide Martina. You learn so much of the back story to the art and the artist. Took two Artviva tours in Florence and would definitely use them again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Massey:

    Despite the pouring rain, Brenda, our guide, made this tour very special for my husband and I. Her enthusiasm was contagious and her knowledge seemingly unlimited. Her explanations of the sculpture as we walked around David truly helped us understand why the David is an irreplaceable treasure. Thank you!

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