A Day in Florence With Michelangelo's David

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
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Trip End Dec 01, 2011


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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Since Florence was only a little over an hour by train we decided to go and see Michelangelo's David and lots of his other sculptures. Thankfully we arrived at the museum around 11:00am because the line tripled its size at 12:00pm, we did have to wait an hour but it was in the shade so it wasn't that bad (if you reserve in advance you can skip the lines altogether for 15 Euro/Adult or wait in line to buy inside, CASH ONLY-11 Euro/Adult). When we got in inside and in line to pay the couple in front of us sounded worried as they got their money out, after listening to what they were saying we heard that they were two euros short. When they got up to the counter the guy said sorry that he couldn't do anything for them and they would have to go get cash and then wait in line again. Waiting in that long line again wouldn't have been something we would have enjoyed at all and we felt bad for them so we gave them the extra couple euros, aren't we nice? Haha. They gave us a couple dollars in american money knowing it wasn't worth two euros but they wanted to pay us back at least something and were really thankful so we were happy to help.

  Once inside it was disheartening to see that we weren't allowed to take pictures anywhere in the museum but we expected it, there are staff everywhere to yell at anyone who lifts their camera in the air. The main attraction was the David statue and it was a lot bigger than we expected, 17ft high. We laughed when we realized that David was actually David of 'David and Goliath' because it took us so long to clue in. The building was built specifically for the statue and was moved there 200 years ago from its original location. Inside different wings of the museum were other sculpturs or plaster molds that Michelangelo or other artists had done. It is amazing how real and life-like they all looked (besides the lack of colour) and the detail in each one.

  When we were done with the museum we headed to the 'Duomo', a huge cathedral. We were going to go in but realized we hadn't brought enough money for the day so we just took pictures of the outside. Our next stop before leaving was the square where the David originally was, and in its place is a replica so that people might see what it looks like in the open, and here we were allowed to take pictures of it. So of course we took a bunch of pictures of it (some pretty funny yet disturbing ones that we couldn't resist taking) and also of other sculptures that were in the square before heading back to the train and Pisa.
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