Getting Galleria dell’Accademia tickets is easier than you can imagine. Continue reading to find the most suitable way based on your budget and travel needs.
Accademia Gallery is a fine art museum and one of the places to visit in Florence, Italy. It’s the second most-visited attraction in the Tuscany capital after the Uffizi Gallery, but it’s also home to the most popular artifact in the city, the iconic marble sculpture of David by Michelangelo.
The Accademia Gallery may be small in size, but there are many other noteworthy works of art to admire within its walls.
The museum itself dates back to the late 1700s! Inside the Accademia Gallery, you’ll find an incredible collection of paintings and an entire section dedicated to beautiful statues. Most of the artwork on display is from the period between the 14th and 17th centuries.
Allessando Allori, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Andrea del Sarto and Sandro Botticelli are just some of the well-known Florentine artists featured. Of course, you’ll find several other sculptures other than the one by Italy’s most famous artists of all time, Michelangelo. A fairly recent addition to the museum is the Museum of Musical Instruments which is an equally fascinating exhibit to check out!
Visiting this museum is easy if you know how to get Galleria dell’Accademia tickets. This is why I put together this post that explains the various ways that you can get Florence David tickets to see this world-class attraction and get in and out quickly so you can enjoy everything else Florence has to offer.
How To Get Galleria Dell’Accademia Tickets
Like any of the museums and attractions in Florence, it’s recommended that you book your Accademia Gallery tickets in advance to avoid long lineups and disappointment at the door.
The Accademia Gallery sees over a million visitors every year so it’s common for tickets to sell out and you’re almost guaranteed to be waiting a long time in line if you do manage to get in!
For these reasons, you should have a ticket in hand already when you arrive at the gallery. If you do arrive with a ticket in hand, you’ll be able to walk to a separate entrance and right into the museum without having to wait in line.
Finally, continue reading to discover how you to get your Galleria dell’Accademia tickets.
Purchase tickets directly from the Official Accademia Gallery website
One of the simplest and quickest ways to Accademia Gallery tickets is to book through the museum’s official website. Booking this way saves time, ensures that you’re dealing with a legit and safe payment method and allows you to secure tickets for the day and time you want as much in advance as you like.
Tickets bought via the official website cost €16 (that’s €12 for the ticket, and €4 for the booking fee) for adults, and €6 (that’s €2 for the ticket, and €4 for the booking fee) for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years of age.
There is no admission charge for disabled persons and a companion, and for visitors who are under 18 years old (you’ll be required to show a valid document); children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult – however, even for free visits there is a €4 booking fee.
Audio guides are available at the bookshop for €6.
Once you get on the website, all you have to do is click on the “buy online” button and you’ll be taken to a list of tickets that are available with the dates and times next to them.
You can also click on the calendar – it’s the section above the list of available tickets, where it says “Galleria dell’Accademia”. If you click on it, the calendar opens up and you can select your preferred date.
When you select the date, it will also say whether the slot is already sold out or not. Simply search for the date you want, choose the time you’d like to visit, enter how many tickets you’d like to buy and click “buy” and that’s all there is to it!
The price listed online already includes the €4 booking fee, which is well worth it to secure a ticket to one of the city’s not-to-be-missed attractions!
Once you buy your ticket, you’ll receive a confirmation email. You will need to show that to pick up your physical ticket at the ticket booths of the museum.
If for some reason you are unable to get a ticket on the official website, rest assured that there are several other methods you can use to get them.
Get your Galleria dell’Accademia tickets from third-party sites
Another way to secure Accademia Gallery tickets is through third-party sites that sell the tickets. Some of the popular sites that sell them include Tiqets, GetYourGuide and Viator.
Prices will vary on these sites because the tickets come with additional perks you won’t get when buying on the official site. Buying from third-party sites allows you an improved level of service compared to the one you’d get while purchasing from the official website.
The tickets are easy to book, you can get assistance if needed, you’ll get confirmation that the transaction went through and you’ll be granted entrance into the museum without the hassle and without having to wait in line.
But on top of that you’ll have a 24/7 customer service to help you and you will be able to cancel / modify your tickets and get a refund up to 24 hours before your visit – which you can’t get if you buy on the official website.
Visit the Accademia Gallery with a guided tour
Another common piece of advice that’s given to people planning to visit the Accademia Gallery is to book a guided tour. It’s not necessary but it’s the best way to get the full experience.
That’s actually how my friend and I did it, and we were happy to have full guidance once we got to the museum, with the guide escorting us to the right entrance so that everything went smoothly, and a nice explanation of the main works of art inside the museum.
Indeed, going through the museum with a guide ensures you don’t miss anything and you get some of the history and background information of the beautiful works of art that are on display.
Companies such as Get Your Guide and Walks of Italy offer a variety of guided tours and most of them allow you to explore the museum on your own after the tour.
While you can get just a tour of the Accademia Gallery, there are a wide variety of tours that also include visits to other nearby attractions. Some even offer the option to explore on your own with a self-guided audio tour.
These are the best guided tours that go to the Accademia Gallery:
VIP David & Duomo Tour: Early Accademia Tour & Skip the Line Dome Climb with Exclusive Terrace Access – this is the tour my friend and I took. It’s sold on Walks of Italy. It’s a great tour to do if you want to also visit the Duomo and get the magnificent views from the Dome.
Florence: Uffizi & Accademia Small Group Walking Tour – the best tour if you want to visit both attractions on the same day.
Florence: Accademia Gallery & David Statue Small-Group Tour – a more budget friendly option, there is one tour per day and it lasts one hour.
Florence: Skip-the-Line Accademia Guided Tour – an excellent option; there are three daily tours, each lasting roughly one hour.
Gain access to Accademia Gallery with the Firenzecard
Another option to get access to the Accademia Gallery is the Firenzecard. This is a great option for visitors who plan to visit many of the city’s attractions because you get a great deal on the overall price. Many of Florence’s top attractions are listed on this card and the more of these places you visit, the more money you’ll save!
The Firenzecard costs €85 and is the main museum pass in the city listing dozens of museums and galleries. After you purchase the card, the 72-hour time limit to visit as many museums as possible starts after your first admission to any museum on the list.
This means you can purchase the ticket well in advance through the online website without the worry of it expiring before you arrive in the city. Entry includes all exhibits and the ability to skip the lineups and there are no hidden fees.
The Firenzecard can also be purchased at various ticket desks around the city upon your arrival. If you buy it online, you have the option to either get the card’s app on your phone and enter the voucher code to obtain a digital card or you can print the voucher you received in the confirmation email and get your physical card upon arrival.
The main issue with this card is that you’ll have to book each attraction separately. If you’ll be using a lot of public transportation, you can opt for the Firenzecard+ which offers discounts on buses and trains around the city.
You can get your Firenzecard here.
A great alternative is the Firenze Pass that is sold on Tiqets. It’s slightly more expensive but what I like about it is that it allows you to book the time slots for your visit before your actual purchase, so you don’t have to jump through a million sites to book your visits.
Furthermore, as this pretty much is a combination of tickets to the individual attractions, there is no actual 72-hours time limit to visit them all.
For a Florence Pass that has no time limit here.
Get a combined ticket to visit Galleria dell’Accademia and another attraction
If you don’t want to get the Firenzecard, but know for a fact you will want to visit other museums other than the Accademia Gallery when in Florence, you also have the option of getting Galleria dell’Accademia tickets combined with tickets to another attraction.
This is actually an excellent way of saving a bit, as most of the time these combined tickets are sold at a discounted rate.
Available options include the Uffizi and Accademia pass; Palazzo Vecchio and Accademia Gallery; Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens and Accademia Gallery Tickets; Accademia Gallery and Leonardo Interactive Museum; and Palazzo Pitti, Palatine Gallery and Florence David tickets;
Get your Uffizi and Accademia Gallery pass here.
To get your Accademia Gallery tickets and Palazzo Vecchio tickets, click here.
To get your Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli + Accademia Gallery Tickets click here.
For tickets to the Accademia Gallery and Leonardo Interactive Museum, click here.
For Palazzo Pitti, Palatine Gallery and Florence David tickets, click here.
Make sure to also read my post How To Get Tickets To Palazzo Vecchio.
Purchase your Galleria dell’Accademia tickets at the door
Buying a ticket at the door last minute is definitely cheaper as you can avoid the extra €4 booking fee, but it can be risky as you might not get the date and time you want or you may not get to go at all!
If you do prefer to acquire tickets this way, go as much in advance as possible once you arrive in Florence and make sure to get to the ticket office inside the museum before 6:20 pm because this is when the ticket office closes for the day.
Other Useful Information
Official price of Galleria dell’Accademia Tickets
Galleria dell’Accademia tickets are €12 per adult, plus a €4 online booking fee. European Union citizens who have disabilities and all children under the age of 18 enjoy free admission.
Citizens of the European Union between the ages of 18 and 25 enjoy a discounted rate and must pay €2 plus the €4 online booking fee. At times when temporary exhibitions are taking place, the price may change for the duration of the exhibition.
Audio guides are available at the bookshop for €6.
Modifications to the reservation and refunds
Modification to the reservation and refunds for cancellation are not allowed for tickets purchased on the official website. Third party booking sites, on the other hand, have more flexible policies usually allowing modifications or cancellations up to 24 hours before your visit.
Visitors who are under 18 years old (proof of ID is required) don’t have to pay any admission fee; however, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free visits are also available for disabled persons and a companion. The €4 online booking fee must be paid even for free visits.
Accademia Gallery opening hours
The Accademia Gallery is closed on January 1st and December 25th. The museum is also closed on Mondays throughout the year. From Tuesday to Sunday, the museum opens at 8:15 am and the last entry is at 6:20 pm. The museum closes at 6:50 pm.
It’s recommended that you plan to spend at least one to two hours exploring the galleries to get the best experience. The best time to visit is early in the morning so if you’re lucky enough to be able to book your preferred time slot, book this time to avoid the afternoon crowds!
Book in advance
The Galleria dell’Accademia is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florence, and tickets get sold out on a regular basis. The only way to secure a ticket for your preferred time slot is to book well in advance. Thankfully, the official website allows you to book months in advance too!
Are Accademia Gallery Tickets sold out? Do this!
Needless to say, Galleria dell’Accademia tickets sold on the official website are the first to sell out. If you can’t get them there, you can probably find them on third party booking sites such as GetYourGuide or Tiqets.
These usually buy tickets in advance and in bulk, and there may be the occasional cancellation which means a ticket will often be available even at the last minute.
You may want to keep in mind that there’s likely will be more availability for last minute guided tours rather than tickets.
Security checks when visiting the Accademia Gallery
All visitors who wish to access the Accademia Gallery must go through a security check. Make sure not to bring any prohibited item with you, to ensure the process is smooth.
These include large bags or backpacks, scissors, blades, any metal object that may damage the art, bottles over 0.5 liters. There is no cloakroom so leave any bulky items in your room before visiting.
Is photography allowed?
Yes! You can take as many photos of Michelangelo’s David as you wish!
Toilets and other facilities
There are toilets on the ground floor, near the elevator, and they can be accessed at the end of the visit. There are also two bookshops, both located on the ground floor.
The Accademia Gallery is fully accessible to people with limited mobility and on wheelchair. There is an accessible entrance and ticket office in Via Ricasoli 60, and an accessible restroom near the elevator. Wheelchairs are available to use, free of charge.
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