Honors Italy: The Grand Tour - Days 4-5 - Florence & Pisa
|Perseus with the Head of Medusa|
|Dante image in sidewalk|
|Florence Cathedral bell tower|
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|Students at the top of the Duomo|
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While the official tour did not include a trip to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, I decided that a trip to Florence could not be complete without seeing the original Michelangelo's David. (We had already seen a replica outside of the Palazzo Vecchio.) The Accademia Gallery turned out to be much smaller than I expected, but another highlight was seeing Michelangelo's 4 unfinished Prisoner that were intended to be used for the tomb of Pope Julius II. I personally thought this was a highlight given Michelangelo's quote, "Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it." It was interesting to see these statues that were only part way discovered. Another highlight of the museum for me that I almost walked by without noticing was Leonardo Pisano's manuscript Liber Abaci. Leonardo Pisano is better known as Fibonacci and this is the manuscript that contains a problem about rabbits that introduced the world to the most famous sequence in mathematics - the Fibonacci numbers.
We returned to our hotel for a group dinner and then our tour director Gesualdo led us on a walk to one of the most elevated points in Florence, the Piazzale Michelangelo, from which we experienced a panoramic view of Florence (and another replica of David). It was a fitting way to say "Arrivederci" to Florence as we would depart for Assisi the next morning.
|Panoramic view of Florence at night from Piazza Michelangelo|