The Michelangelo Tour in Florence: Following in the Footsteps of a Genius
The Michelangelo Tour in Florence is certainly one of the finest tours you can take during your stay in Florence. Across the globe, Florence is best known for one thing: Michelangelo’s David. This astonishing sculpture has become the city’s symbol. So, if you are looking to find out everything about Michelangelo’s masterpiece, this tour is for you! Also, keep in mind that David is not the only work by Michelangelo that you can find in Florence. Quite the contrary! There are numerous others and this tour takes you to see the most famous and significant ones. Where can you find them? In two of the city’s most important museums: the Academy Gallery and the New Sacristy. While taking a relaxing stroll from one museum to the other, we will also show you some of the Florentine places and spots connected to Michelangelo’s life and work, like the Medici Palace and the church of San Lorenzo.
The Michelangelo Tour in Florence starts at the Academy Gallery with Michelangelo’s David. There are no words to describe the feeling of awe and wonder you will certainly experience standing at the foot of David, a perfect and nearly seventeen feet tall marble giant. The David, however, is not the only work by Michelangelo on display in the Academy Gallery. Here you can also admire his other works, like for example the Slaves (or Prisoners) and the Saint Matthew. Looking at them, you will understand what it means when people say that Michelangelo could see through marble – like you would through glass –, liberating the sculpture that is held captive in the stone. After our visit to the Academy Gallery, the Michelangelo Tour in Florence continues to the New Sacristy. The New Sacristy, which is part of the Medici Chapels complex, is the burial place of many members of the Medici, the family that ruled Florence for over three centuries. Designed by Michelangelo, the New Sacristy will make you appreciate the artist, not only as a sculptor but also as an architect. Here, you will feel like being wrapped in a deep spirituality. For the sculptures in this room embody Day, Night, Dawn, and Dusk and, thus, come to symbolize – quite paradoxically – the unstoppable but swift passage of time. Talking about time, during our tour you will also learn that Michelangelo spent much of his time in this room not only to work, but also to hide away from the killers the Medici had contracted to kill him. But why would the Medici want Michelangelo to die if he worked for them? Well, you will find out on our tour; along with many other fascinating stories surrounding the tumultuous life of one of the greatest artists to have ever walked the earth.
The Academy Gallery is one of the most visited museums in the world. In order to avoid the long lines at the ticket counter and, thus, to have more time in the museum, it is necessary to make reservations in advance (each group must not exceed 25). Depending on availability, the Academy Gallery will then offer specific time slots for fast entry. As for the Medici Chapels, reservation is recommended but not essential.