Monday, March 24, 2014

Italian Extravaganza: Day 6 aka Museum Day or The Day of the Long Wait

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       It was museum day for the Mandels. We got up bright and early in order to get in line for the Uffizi Gallery. I greatly appreciate that my father understood how important it was for me to see Botticelli's Birth of Venus. We stood in line for an hour and a half in order to get into the museum. It was worth it though. Not only was the Botticelli room beautiful, there were also a couple paintings attributed to Da Vinci. Dad and I decided we didn't want our long wait to be for nothing, so we went through the museum twice. It was lucky that we went so early because it meant there were less people in the museum. By the time we went through a second time, Botticelli's room was packed. There was also an exhibit based around the Medici family (they basically owned Florence back in the day). It was nice to get a little more background on the history of the city through art. That's how I know all of my history anyway; art and English literature (liberal arts much?).
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       After the Uffizi Gallery we went back to the hotel to eat lunch and rest. Then it was museum time round two. This time my eyes were set on Michelangelo's statue of David. We made a pit stop in Piazza della Signoria to see the replica of the statue where it was originally placed. The collection of statues there is impressive and it's well worth researching their background information. Then Dad and I headed over to the Galleria dell'Accademia to see the original David. We waited in line for two hours. There were times when we both questioned what the heck we were doing. But this was what the itinerary said and there I was no way I was leaving Florence not having seen the Statue of David. David was worth the wait. Besides Michelangelo's pieces, the rest of the museum is "meh", but Dad and I went through quite thoroughly because we hadn't waited in line for two hours for nothing. Unless you're into rooms and rooms of religious art, then the Galleria dell'Accademia is the place  for you. We had kind of had our fill.
        When we left the Galleria we still had a couple hours before dinner. We decided to do the walk that the National Geographic guidebook suggested. Seriously, that book is magic. It took us all through Florence and took us by the highlights. We went by the Basilica of Santa Croce; the final resting place of Michelangelo and ended at the Medici palace. We went to dinner at a restaurant that the concierge at our hotel suggested. I had great beer and a Brazilian style steak. Having to wait in all of the lines was well worth it, but if I were to do it again I would definitely book tickets ahead of time.
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