Gallerie dell’Accademia (Accademia Gallery), the art museum in Florence, Italy, features some of the most notable sculptures, paintings and other artwork from the Renaissance.
Founded in 1784 as an art school for the nearby Academy of Fine Arts, it houses the most renowned sculpture in human history, the David by Michelangelo, since the 19th century.
Apart from the David, some noteworthy pieces in the gallery include the unfinished statue ‘Prisoners’ by Michelangelo and a full-size plaster model of the statue ‘Rape of the Sabine Women.
Use the Accademia Gallery Florence map to find your way around the halls at the gallery.
You can download a pdf of the map of Galleria Dell Accademia from the Accademia Gallery’s official website.
Due to the gallery’s modest size, you can also use the Itinerary for Accademia to ensure you get all the significant artwork.
Book your Accademia Gallery tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long queues at the entrance.
The Accademia Gallery (Gallerie dell’Accademia) is divided into smaller sections called halls of the Accademia.
The art museum includes eight major halls—seven on the ground floor and one on the first floor.
Be clear; the ground floor is the same as the first floor in some countries.
Here, the ground floor refers to the bottom of a building that is level with the ground.
The first floor is the one above the ground floor.
The area you first enter into the gallery leads to the first hall called the Hall of Colossus.
You will find the Museum of Musical Instruments to the right of this room.
But if you move towards the left side of Colossus Hall, you enter the Hall of the Prisoners.
The Prisoners gallery concludes at the Tribune, which houses the most important sculpture, Michelangelo’s David.
However, there is a hall for temporary exhibitions on the right side of the Prisoners before the Tribune.
The left wing of the Tribune connects to two other halls:
- Florentine Gothic– this hall is further divided into three rooms: Pacino’s Room, Giotto and Giotteschi’s Room and Orcagna’s Room.
- Gipsoteca Bartolini– the plaster caste gallery.
You will reach the bookstore through Pacino’s Room.
The bookshop marks the end of the galley’s ground floor as it escorts you to the gallery’s exit.
After leaving the bookstore, you can use the lift (elevator) or stairs to reach the gallery’s first floor.
The last and final hall of the gallery is where you will find artwork from Florence between 1370 and 1430.
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