I'll always remember the day I fell for David. It started off with bird poop. Well, a nutella croissant and caffe latte for breakfast, and then bird poop.
We had bought tickets ahead of time to get into the Galleria dell'Accademia (Accademia Gallery) at 9:15AM that day. We figured that we should stop off at a small cafe near the museum for a quick breakfast. After enjoying a nutella croissant and a delicious caffe latte, it was right about time to head towards the museum.
My friend and I waited outside the cafe while waiting for our other friend to pay her bill. It was then that I felt something wet splash onto my hand. I looked down expecting to see water, but instead I found a suspicious white liquid. I looked up and there was a pigeon perched on a window ledge above our heads. Hmm... At that point I hadn't completely clued in. But then I looked at my friend who was wearing a a waterproof jacket, and I saw splashes of white all down her shoulder and back. It was then that I finally realized what had happened. The pigeon had pooped on her with such force that a drop of it had splashed onto me! And she didn't even know that she had been pooped on!
After the excitement of the pigeon poop incident, and cleaning ourselves up, we headed to the Galleria dell'Accademia. By the way, I highly recommend that you buy a ticket ahead of time for this museum so that you can skip the line.
I'm no art connoisseur. I don't really understand art for the most part, but still I bought tickets to the Galleria dell'Accademia mainly to see the sculpture of David. I just knew that he was very famous, but that's all I really knew about him. So I surprised even myself when I fell for David as hard as I did!
Standing 17 ft tall, seeing this marble sculpture in person was awe-inspiring. There were so many details, down to the veins on his hands. And to think that Michelangelo finished this sculpture over a period of 4 years, and all before he turned 30 years old!
Aside from David, the Galleria dell'Accademia is home to a number of other sculptures and art pieces. Some of my favourites aside from David was the original plaster cast of the Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Women (on the left) and Michelangelo's Unfinished Slaves (below).
The Unfinished Slaves (found in the hallway leading up to David) in particular were really fascinating to me since they are unfinished, so it almost seems like they are trying to break out from the marble blocks that they are in. While looking at these sculptures, I was also trying to imagine what the sculptures may have looked like if Michelangelo had completed them.
If you ask me if it's worth going to the Galleria dell'Accademia to see David, I would say yes. But if you are happy with seeing a replica, you can find one at the Piazza della Signoria (also in Florence) for free.
Want to get here?
Hours: Wednesdays-Sundays 8:15AM-6:50PM, Thursdays 8:15AM-10PM
Address: Via Ricasoli 58-60, 50122 Florence
General Admission: 8 Euros (12 Euros if you want to purchase the tickets in advance online)
Estimated time to spend here: ~1 hour
We purchased our tickets from here, their official site.