David is a marble statue that was created between 1501 and 1504, sculpted by Italian artist Michelangelo; it is situated in Florence, Italy. The statue of a nude male represents the biblical hero David. It was originally commissioned as one of many statues of prophets to be built to line the roof of the Florence Cathedral but was instead placed just outside the Palazzo Vecchio on the Piazza della Signoria. The statue of David became a symbol for the city due to the hero's nature, a defender of civil liberties. The original statue was moved to the Galleria dell’Accademia in 1873 and was replaced with a replica.
The replica statue is a 10-minute walk away from the central transport hub of Florence situated outside the Palazzo Vecchio. You can get on the bus to the ‘Condotta’ stop which is a minute walk away. The original situated in the Galleria dell’Accademia is a 2-minute walk away from the central transport hub.
Opening Times and Admission
You can go and see the replica of David for free, it is situated in a public square. If you want to see the original then you have to visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, which is open Tuesday to Sunday 8.15am-6.15pm with entry set at 8 euros.