Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We started our second day in Florence with a visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia. The best part of the Galleria was of course Michelangelo's David. Like most great works of art, there is some electricity to seeing it "in the flesh." As usual, there was tons of excellent art, both statue and paintings, filling the museum. One series that I particularly enjoyed was another set of Michelangelo sculptures, the unfinished Prisoners. These sculptures were almost MORE interesting than finished pieces of art, as you could see the work that must be done to free a human shape from a block of marble.
That evening, after a full day tromping about the city, Nick and I decided to head up to the Piazzale Michaelangiolo to get the best views the city has to offer. Like being at the top of the Duomo, it was almost impossible to come back. The view was so spectacular that both words and photographs don't do it justice. We weren't the only ones who thought so, there were a fair number of tour buses up there too!
I highly recommend clicking on the above photograph as it really captures Florence, but at this size much of the detail is lost!