Galleria dell’Accademia

Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy

Most people head to this ex-art school to ogle the world’s most famous nude statue. Michelangelo’s David was carved from a single five-meter-high block of milky-white marble in 1504 and originally stood in Piazza della Signoria. Don’t neglect the other artworks in the gallery, however. They include Michelangelo’s four unfinished Slaves, straining to escape their stone prison, and a fabulous collection of early musical instruments. To avoid endless lines, advance booking is advised.

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If you have time to see just one piece of art, make it David. Carved in 1501-4 from a single piece of milky-white Carrara marble, Michelangelo’s magnificent statue, an icon of power and wealth, originally stood in Piazza della Signoria, but it was moved to its present home in the Accademia gallery in 1873. If the statue seems top-heavy, that’s because Michelangelo originally intended him to stand atop a tall column and made his head proportionally larger than the rest of his body.

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