An Italian Holiday: Florence, Day 4

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.

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David and the Prisoners
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Michelangelo’s David

Stunning, amazing, beautiful, do you hear the choir singing?! Ahhhh!

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David
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David

Wow!

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David
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David

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!

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One of the prisoners
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An unfinished Pieta
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Bust of Michelangelo

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.

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The Duomo
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Brunelleschi’s Dome
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Bell Tower
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Baptistery
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Ghiberti’s Bronze Doors

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.

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Christ and Thomas by Verrochio outside the Orsanmichele
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Interior of Orsanmichele

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.

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Famous Italians needing security?! And a David replica!
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Strolling down Via de’ Calzaiuoli
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Arcone Triumpal Arch on Piazza della Repubblica
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Walking under the Uffizi Gallery

The walk continued towards the Ponte Vecchio Bridge.

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The Ponte Vecchio
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Buildings along the Arno River
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View to another bridge from the Ponte Vecchio

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!

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Pitti Palace

Continuing on my Oltarno walk…

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Plenty of scooters
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Church in Oltarno
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Oltarno

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!

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