New year, and it’s back to recapping Italy and back to Florence! My 2nd day in Florence started at the Accademia and the magnificent David.
Stunning, amazing, beautiful, do you hear the choir singing?! Ahhhh!
Just crazy to think that this started as a slab of marble, and this amazing sculpture is the finished product. Seeing the unfinished Prisoners really made me realize how completely amazing and skilled Michelangelo was. The Sistine Chapel was incredible, but I think David tops it. The detail, which I didn’t capture very well, is just incredible. My pictures definitely don’t do it justice!
After the Accademia I headed back to my B&B for a nap, which turned into about a 4 hour sleep. I’d been battling a sore throat, so it was much needed. Afterwards I took on Rick Steve’s Renaissance Walk, which started right outside my B&B, at the Duomo.
Continuing the walk down one of the main streets Via de’ Calzaiuoli, I took a walk around the Orsonmichele church. There are several stautes by the likes of Donatello and Ghiberti on the outside of the church in niches, and the interior is pretty amazing.
The walk continued on to the Palazzo Vecchio, which is a museum and also the town hall. The day I walked by there were security barriers up and a small crowd gathered with news cameras and photographers. People came out, the people took pictures, and I assume they were famous Italian dignitaries or something.
The walk continued towards the Ponte Vecchio Bridge.
On the other side of the river, after crossing the Ponte Vecchio is an area called Oltarno. It was a really neat area, with some cute little shops and more sites. I eventually ended up at the Pitti Palace, which from the outside is not very remarkable. I didn’t go inside, maybe next time!
Continuing on my Oltarno walk…
My 2nd night in Florence I took a cooking class, more on that later. On my walk back from the cooking school that night, there were some incredible lights on buildings, getting ready for Christmas!