Last day of sightseeing in Firenze - Accademia and stroll around town

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"David" at the Accademia

And so all good things come to an end....

My last day in Firenze was upon me! Although I must admit, I had such a good time. I sit here writing this blog nearly 3 months later and the memories are still so fresh. The last touristy stop was the Galleria dell'Accademia. This museum is one that everyone knows for the tall naked David, but in reality actually boasts of many other paintings and sculptures.

I had booked my ticket through the internet so went straight to the counter to pick it up and was in within minutes. (pre booking tickets is a blessing). The first part was a bunch of Christian paintings, all arranged in this big hall with easily 4-5 paintings above one another. First time I'm seeing something so crumpled. It's good for the most part but can get a bit eyesore-y soon as well.

"David" at the Accademia
This hall then leads into another hall with a bunch of sculptures to the left and right... but like all tourists, we're all interested in one THING........

Let's talk about the man of the hour - David himself. Probably one of Michelangelo's prized creations unveiled in the early 16th century when it stood in the Piazza del Signoria but around the end of the 19th century was moved here. Today, we see a duplicate outside. The statue is about 5 metres and is made of marble. Michelangelo was a man in his late 20s when he began work on this behemoth, and history has it that he wanted to create a statue that was a mix of Hercules, Apollo and the bare (no pun intended) Adam with the most superior power and intelligence man had ever seen.  Having seen the statue, I will have to agree to all counts.

The Accademia
It's just magnificent. forget the size, forget the body... but look at the intricacies. The eyes, the biceps, the shoulder definition, the calf muscles, the frown, everything is so perfectly done. I know artists that would take forever to get this done on a portrait, so I can only imagine how long Michelangelo took. Funny trivia is that a few years ago, David celebrated his 500th birthday and for that, he was gifted with a shower! Hence the David we see today is all bright and clean and spiffy. LOL!

The museum as usual has a no pictures policy and as usual, they, I mean we take pictures. Nothing new there. The rest of the gallery was also brilliant, loved this hall where you had tons of sculptures and the attention to detail was awe inspiring. I remember seeing this sculpture of a woman resting her head on a pillow, and one could see the creases on the pillow.

The Accademia
Very very very well done, very very very impressed.

I spent about 2 hours here before heading back to where it's at - the Duomo. Seeing the Sunday crowd is one of a kind: so many tourists and early bird residents all gearing up for church. The street artists (as in, the ones drawing paintings) never failed to impressed me. I was fortunate to attend an afternoon mass right by the Duomo which was beautiful. Rest of the afternoon was spent wandering around the town, settling for incredible margherita pizza and going back to the hotel - checking out, and heading to the SITA bus stop for the 430pm bus to Pisa.

It was a good stay, it's an incredible city and I'm glad I chose this spot more than any else as my introduction to Italia. Off to Pisa we go, last stop in this country for this trip.

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David at the Accademia
"David" at the Accademia
David at the Accademia
"David" at the Accademia
The Accademia
The Accademia
The Accademia
The Accademia
The Accademia
The Accademia
Street paintings
Street paintings
Approaching the Duomo
Approaching the Duomo
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gelato
Museo dellOpera
Museo dell'Opera
A typical lunch menu
A typical lunch menu
Side shot of the Duomo
Side shot of the Duomo
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Inside a church
Inside a church
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Duomo
Duomo
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The Baptistry gates, encore!
My last shot of the Duomo
My last shot of the Duomo
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Random shot again...
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Minestrone soup
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Random shots of the windows - lov…
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