Today we took on Florence! After an early wake-up call, a strange, leftover-dinner type breakfast at the hostel, and one confusing walk around the city, we finally made it to the Accademia. Let me just say this: none of us girls are art people. We can definitely appreciate it and find it interesting, but we’re not the people you’ll find reading every sign and staring at a painting for more than 60 seconds. Just not our thing. We strolled through all the exhibits, and most were fairly religious. Lots of paintings of Jesus and Mary, which were interesting to compare. It’s amazing that so many of these pieces have been preserved so well. The main event, though, was Michelangelo’s David. I had no idea what to expect, but it is HUGE. The statue is the focal point of an entire hall filled with Michelangelo’s unfinished sculptures, which added to the awe that David brings. We sat and stared for a long time, noticing how every detail was perfectly highlighted. It was awesome, basically.
The city of Florence seems really big when you don’t know where you’re going, but after we got a feel of the streets, we were golden. Once again, we were denied entrance to a cathedral because of our skirts. Another walk of shame. Had to go back to our hostel and change, then walked through. We got our picture drawn by a cartoon street artist, which is an experience we’ll never forget!
We walked through the markets for most of the afternoon and then headed to Ponte Vecchio to watch the sunset (except our view was blocked). Ate more pizza, pasta, and gelato. Pretty typical day in Italy!