Florence, Disneyland, Renaissance Style
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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.
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.
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!