Visit ‘The David’ in the evening this summer.

Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 10pm, from July and through September.  On Tuesdays you pay the regular entrance fee but there are free guided tours starting at 7:00pm and 8:30pm. On Thursdays, entrance is free from 7pm to 10pm.

The Galleria dell’Accademia has invited into its galleries artworks by 32 eminent modern and contemporary figures, from Francis Bacon to Andy Warhol. Thousands visit the museum daily to see Michelangelo’s David and these new interventions are intended as reminders that today’s paintings, sculpture and artists’ films emerge from similar practical and aesthetic circumstances that produced the masterworks of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Whereas the individual status of the artist and demands of patronage have changed, the urgent need to express tangibly the mystery and sensation of existence crosses centuries.

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