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Unfinished Statues of Michelangelo and Other Masterpieces at the Academia in Florence

At the Accademia in Florence, visitors will see the unfinished statues of Michelangelo at the Hall of Prisoners. You don’t even have to go around and find it. Just as soon as you pay the entrance fee and go past security, you’ll see those four unfinished statues by the master sculptor. Don’t focus on going straight to see Michelangelo’s Statue David at the end of the hall or you’ll miss them. Take your time to gaze at the unfinished statues on the hall before reaching the David.

The Four Unfinished Statues. They’re called Slaves or Prisoners or Captives. As you can see in the photos below, they’re all bare male statues started by Michelangelo. They were commissioned for the tomb of Pope Julius II della Rovere. But, due to lack of financial backup, the project was abandoned.

Related: The Gorgeous Michelangelo’s Statue of David

The Queue at the Accademia Gallery Museum is the Worst in Italy. I understand that there’s always a queue in touristy places but the system here at the Academia is the worst in Italy. I was in line for 2 hours and 11 minutes! Why? because the guards manning the line outside are merciless people who don’t understand what it’s like to be travelling and queueing up under the scorching heat of the sun. And come to think of this, the line wasn’t that long when I arrived. It’s just the system of getting people in is so unfair and so wrong! I understand that people who buy fast passes could get in ahead of us but that doesn’t mean you’d treat those who can’t afford those passes unfairly. The guards would let busloads of tourists in (say 50-80 people) and then let 3-6 people from our line. Then, there’s the time gap in between those entry. So, obviously, even if you’re the 20th person in line, you’d have to wait for an hour or more. Terrible, terrible, terrible! I was inside the Academia for 50 minutes because I had to go sightseeing.

Unfinished Statues of Michelangelo and Other Masterpieces at the Academia in Florence

Prisoners / Unfinished Statues of Michelangelo and Other Masterpieces at the Academia in Florence (Italy).

Prisoners / Unfinished Statues of Michelangelo and Other Masterpieces at the Academia in Florence (Italy).

Prisoners / Unfinished Statues of Michelangelo and Other Masterpieces at the Academia in Florence (Italy).

Prisoners / Unfinished Statues of Michelangelo and Other Masterpieces at the Academia in Florence (Italy).

Prisoners / Unfinished Statues of Michelangelo and Other Masterpieces at the Academia in Florence (Italy).

Prisoners / Unfinished Statues of Michelangelo and Other Masterpieces at the Academia in Florence (Italy).

Other Masterpieces to See Inside the Accademia

The Coronation of the Virgin.

Coronation of the Virgin at Accademia Gallery in Florence (Italy).

Coronation of the Virgin at Accademia Gallery in Florence (Italy).

The Tree of Life by Pacino Bonaguida.

Tree of Life at Accademia Gallery in Florence (Italy).

Tree of Life at Accademia Gallery in Florence (Italy).

Before you exit, don’t forget to drop by Gipsoteca Bartolini, a 19th century hall full of plaster models.

Gipsoteca Bartolini Hall at Accademia Gallery in Florence (Italy).

Gipsoteca Bartolini Hall at Accademia Gallery in Florence (Italy).

At Florentine Gothic Hall, you’ll find amazing works of religious theme.

Florentine Gothic Hall at Accademia Gallery in Florence (Italy).

Florentine Gothic Hall at Accademia Gallery in Florence (Italy).

Where to stay in Florence

If you’re looking for a hostel in Florence that’s near the Duomo, you’ll never go wrong with the Academy Hostel. It is few minutes walk to the Santa Maria del Fiore, aka, the Duomo, the city’s most famous landmark The train station is less than 10 minutes walk from here. The hostel is loved by those who have stayed here. It’s clean and fun hostel. There are other hostels you can choose from these websites: HostelWorld, and Booking.com.

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