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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

The Original Florence Walk

Discover how Florence’s 2000 years of tumultuous history changed the world forever.

Art & Galleries - Families & Kids - Cities & History - € 33.00

If you have time for just one tour in Florence, this is it. Experience Florence’s vibrant history while visiting all of the city’s highlights plus must-see monuments and churches, including the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. Featured on TV documentaries and is highly recommended by just about every major travel guide.

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Original David and Accademia Museum Tour

Original David and Accademia Museum Tour

Pre-reserved Accademia entry, Michelangelo’s famous David and our great guides!

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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Perfect Day Hiking in Tuscany Tour

Perfect Day Hiking in Tuscany Tour

Hiking in Tuscany, stunning views, villa visit and traditional lunch.

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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Original Florence Walk - Winter Special

Original Florence Walk - Winter Special

A private wintertime exploration of Florence's ancient center.

Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Fashion & Shopping - Exclusive Experiences - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours - Special Discounted Packages - from € 29.00

Explore the Florentine winter magic with this limited time, privately guided tour.

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Uffizi Gallery & Bargello Sculpture Museum

Uffizi Gallery & Bargello Sculpture Museum

Two of the greatest Renaissance artwork collections in Florence

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 Florence for Kids-A Private Florence Walking T

Exclusive Florence for Kids-A Private Florence Walking T

Fun and interesting tours for all ages-a family friendly Florence 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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Exclusive Florence in One Glorious Day (or Two!) A Private Tour

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

The must-sees of Florence, the best museums plus our great guides.

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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The Original Florence Walk - A Private Tour

The Original Florence Walk - A Private Tour

Your own expert guide will lead you through Florence's ancient center.

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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Exclusive Highlights of Florence Private Tour

Exclusive Highlights of Florence Private Tour

A private tour of Florence's must-sees, the David, the Uffizi, perfect for those short on time.

Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Exclusive Experiences - Museum Tickets & Reservations - Families & Kids - 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 to make the most of your time. See the David by Michelangelo, explore the famous Uffizi Gallery, and enjoy a brief introduction to the historic center all in one tour.

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The Genius of Michelangelo Tour

The Genius of Michelangelo Tour

Discover the struggles, life, and times of this talented and mysterious Renaissance figure.

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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Original Florence Walk & David Tour

Original Florence Walk & David Tour

The highlights of the splendid city center plus the masterpiece, Michelangelo's David!

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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Pre-reserved Accademia Museum Entry - Tickets Only

Pre-reserved Accademia Museum Entry - Tickets Only

Fast-track entry to see Michelangelo's David

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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A Perfect Morning in Tuscany

A Perfect Morning in Tuscany

An unforgettable private half-day in the Tuscan countryside.

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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Michelangelo’s Medici Tour

Michelangelo’s Medici Tour

An exclusive Florentine experience with internationally-acclaimed author and historian, Count Niccolò Capponi.

Art & Galleries - Private & Exclusive Tours - Families & Kids - Eco-Friendly Tours - 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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