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Me and my main man, David

I arrived in Florence yesterday afternoon. I woke up this morning not feeling the greatest so I decided to sleep through my reservation at the Uffizi in order to catch up on some sleep.

I walked over to the Accademia museum (home of Michelangelo's David). I had a reservation for this place as well but since I arrived at 12:30, an hour and a half early, I figured I'd save the reservation fee and wait in line. It look just under an hour to get in ... so not too bad. The museum itself isn't big but it has a corridor of unfinished carvings by Michelangelo leading up to the statue of all statues, the David. I didn't realize until today that it's about four metres tall. I was super impressed by it, since it's so real looking that it looks like he's about to step down and walk away!

The other unfinished statues leading to David are called the prisioners.

David's bum
It's kind of creepy because each one is a bit more unfinished than the next, and they look like they are trying to escape from the marble. Once you look at those and then again back at the David, you realize how incredible it is, all polished and sooooo huge!

After the Accademia, I walked towards the Uffizi gallery, another museum with a notoriously long wait. On the way, I stopped to look at the Duomo, the huge-mongous church and I went inside the Duomo Museum. It has another Michelangelo sculpture, a Pietà with one of the men in the sclupture a self portrait. There was also a wood carving by Donatello (not of the TMNT fame) hehe had to get in a lameo joke somewhere ... which was also pretty cool (if not incredibly creepy).

I was then off to the Uffizi.

the front of the Duomo
I stood in line with the rest of the suckers without reservations, which took about two hours. All I can say, is thank god for my ipod. The wait wouldn't have been so bad, if a fat guy wasn't making out with his girlfriend most of the time. At least the wait was well worth it. One of the key pieces in the renaissance themed museum is Botticellis' Birth of Venus. It was incredible. I had downloaded a Rick Steves guided tour for my ipod so I learned alot about the various paintings.

Outside of the Uffizi, where there are a few sculptures, there was an orcestra playing which was pretty cool. I was hoping they would break into the Star Wars theme song, but maybe I didn't wait long enough ...

Rick Steves also said in his guidebook that Florence has the best gelato. After the gelato I had this morning (for breakfast), I can wholeheartedly agree!

After the long walk back to my hostel (not because it's far but because there are so many people EVERYWHERE!!), I liken this city to Disneyworld, just with museums and sculptures instead of rides, and no mickey mouse, but just as many souvenir shops!


 

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Me and my main man, David
Me and my main man, David
Davids bum
David's bum
the front of the Duomo
the front of the Duomo
Bronze doors
Bronze doors
The Duomos dome
The Duomo's dome
Michelangelos Pieta
Michelangelo's Pieta
Close up of the self portrait
Close up of the self portrait
The creepy Donatello wood carving
The creepy Donatello wood carving
Palazzo Vecchio
Palazzo Vecchio
the long line at the Uffizi
the long line at the Uffizi
The Ponte Vecchio, view from the U…
The Ponte Vecchio, view from the …
The fake David
The fake David
I asked a lady to take my picture …
I asked a lady to take my picture…
The Duomo and the Giottos Tower
The Duomo and the Giotto's Tower
Florence
photo by: monky