Famous, grand and a must-see when you visit Florence. The vast estate of the Accademia Galleries is located in the prestigious centre of the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Carita, one of the oldest fraternal orders of the city. The church of Santa Maria and the monastery of the Canonici Lateranensi, built by the famous Italian architect Andrea Palladio, are vital parts of the Accademia. The Gallery houses countless numbers of valuable artworks that are priceless. The collection consists of Venetian paintings in combination with artworks from the Bizantine and Gothic fourteenth century. The Gallery is particularly famous for its sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prisoners, the St.Matthew and, especially, the statue of David which was transferred here, to the specially designed tribune, from Piazza della Signoria in 1873. The famous works of masters like Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto and many more. These artists have influenced a large portion of European paintings. The area around the Accademia Gallery is, like many other areas of Florence, focused on tourists. Even though the restaurants are common, they still retain their Italian cuisine and many of the restaurants are still family owned. Dishes are made in traditional ways and this preserves the taste. Indulge yourself in the artworks of European history and wander around the Accademia Gallery for many hours. An area that is certain to make a lasting impression.