Michelangelo

Overview

The life of the "divine" artist is tightly bound to the history of Florence. Here you can admire the artworks – first of all the David – which still narrate the connection between Buonarroti and his city. This tour covers Michelangelo’s story and his artistic production, the result of a combination of passion, creative genius and stubborn commitment.

Places

Accademia gallery: the David and the Slaves

Medici Chapels: the New Sacristy and the Medici family’s tombs.

Info

Tour duration: 2,5 hours

The tour runs through two museums, the Accademia Gallery and the Medici Chapels, and it’s not available on Mondays, and on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, when the Museums are closed. The opening hours of the Medici Chapels change on the basis of the season. Contact us to find out the best time to visit it.

The tour is suitable for all visitors and is not particularly difficult.

Fees

Group tours (up to 20/25 participants) 130,00 € max 3 hours

Private tour (up to 6 participants) 150,00 € max 3 hours

The fees do not include museum tickets, transportation costs or the rental of radio systems.

Entrances and tickets:

Accademia Gallery
Regular Tickets: 12,00 €
Reduced Tickets (UE Citizens between 18 and 25 years old): 2,00 €
Free Admission: Children under 18 years, Groups of UE students with reservation
Ticket Reservation Fee: 4,00 €; free for UE School Groups

Medici Chapels
Regular Tickets: 8,00 €
Reduced Tickets (UE Citizens between 18 and 25 years old): 2,00 €
Free Admission: Children under 18 years, Groups of UE students with reservation
Ticket Reservation Fee: 3,00; free for UE School Groups €

The use of radio systems is mandatory for groups of 7 or more participants. We can manage the rental, on request.

Please note: from October to February groups can consist of maximum 25 persons; from March to September groups can consist of maximum 20 persons. School groups can always consist of maximum 25 students (teachers excluded).

By booking this tour we can follow you step by step, helping you to make the reservations for both the museums.  If you are planning to visit the museum independently, we recommend reading our BLOG instead.

What to expect

The tour revisits the life of the “divine sculptor”: from his early steps in the garden of San Marco, where Lorenzo the Magnificent had created a place where artists could exercise by copying ancient works under the guidance of the sculptor Bertoldo, up to the project for the David, a work started by the sculptor Agostino di Duccio, but that neither Agostino nor any of the other appointed artists had been able to complete due to a series of issues. Only Michelangelo was able to accomplish this miracle, creating at the same time the model of male beauty for the next centuries to come.

From this work celebrating the Florentine Republic, we will then move on to admire the “unfinished” Slaves created by Michelangelo for the grandiose tomb of Pope Julius II, which turned during the artist’s life from stimulating challenge into the “tragedy of the burial”, as it was described by his biographer and friend Ascanio Condivi.

After admiring the David and the Slaves for the Papal tomb, housed in the Accademia Gallery, we will visit the Medici Chapels and the New Sacristy in the Church of San Lorenzo, where we will discover how Michelangelo faced the topic of death, while admiring the tombs he sculpted for the Medici within a space also designed by the artist himself.

The political and allegorical meanings behind Michelangelo’s sculptures will finally teach us about the troubled events of Florentine history during the clash between the Republic and the increasingly powerful Medici family at the end of the fifteenth century and at the beginning of the Sixteenth.

Photogallery

Guided tours organized by Icona Toscana are conducted by authorized tour guides. 

You can choose the language of your tour between Italian and English. However, on request, we can organize tours with trusted colleagues in the following languages: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian.

Our guided tours take place regardless of the weather conditions.

For information on our tours, please contact us at info@iconatoscana.it. We will reply as soon as possible. If you intend to book one or more tours, we will send you a form to compile with data concerning yourself and/or your group plus information regarding the dates of your stay and any particular needs you may want us to know about. 

We require the advance payment of 30% of the total fee via bank transfer or Paypal (with an extra 4% to cover service costs) as guarantee of your confirmation. Once the payment is confirmed, we will send you a voucher featuring a summary of your purchase, including the meeting time and place for your tour.

To cancel the service, please contact us at info@iconatoscana.it and communicate all details of your booking. From the date of booking up to 20 days before the date of the tour, no cancellation penalty will be applied and any payment will be returned. For cancellations communicated between 2 and 20 days before the visit, the penalty amounts to 30% of the total sum, i.e. the down payment which will not be reimbursed. For cancellations communicated less than 48 hours before the tour, we will require full payment of the service fee.

The payment of the tour guide service can be paid in cash (Euro) directly on the day of your visit, via bank transfer or via PayPal (with a 4% extra to cover service costs). This fee does NOT include entrance tickets and reservation fees for museums, churches, temporary exhibits or special events. The fee for tour guide services is VAT free, pursuant to art. 10 – comma 22 – of Presidential Decree n. 633/72.Regardless of reservations, access to museums may be delayed in periods of increased affluence, and the organizer declines all responsibility for these delays.

If you are interested in different tours and visits than those listed on this website, we can agree the compensation fees and conditions via e-mail.

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