The Accademia, Florence

A nice dry nights sleep does wonders for the body. Today we made our way to the Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze (Academy of Fine Arts, Florence), usually known as just ‘the Accademia’. This is definitely one of the highlights of the trip in my opinion.

While the Accademia houses one of the most famous art works in the world (Michelangelo’s statue of David) the small physical size of the museum restricts how many people can enter at a time making it a much more pleasant experience than the Louvre in Paris.

Unfortunately the restrictions on photographs are a little more strict so we don’t have any photos to show, you will all have to visit for yourself. For $6.50 euro you can’t go wrong even if you just see the works from Michelangelo and Botticelli.

While we saw other sculptures by Michelangelo at the Louvre, it wasn’t until we saw the statue of David that we really understood why he is so highly praised. The sheer size of the statue dwarfs anything else we have seen and the detail in every part of his body, from his toes to his hair, is simply unsurpassed. We must have
spent 30 minutes looking from every angle and while others snapped photos discreetly under their arms and from behind pillars, we refrained and instead bought the fridge magnet above.

– Simon

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2 thoughts on “The Accademia, Florence”

  1. Gemma & Simon. Now your looking at some good things Serena told me they had a replica of David on show at Bankstown Sports Club for a while she had seen both and could not tell them apart.Just wait till you get to Rome Its amazing how a man could leave so much behind in a relativly short life, Dell

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