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Monday, May 7, 2012

Florence, Italy: The Art

Florence is known for its incredible art history and,, consequently, its incredible art museums. All of the greats -- Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli -- created masterpieces within the city walls. The huge Uffizi is a massive art museum in the Pieazza della Signoria and is home to many of their works. Meanwhile, Michaelangelo's famed David statue is on display in the Galleria Accademia.

There are a number of David replicas throughout the city and each make quite the statement, so we were surprised to see that the Accademia is actually quite subdued. The entrance is little more than an alleyway! It is one of the smallest art museums I've ever been to, with only a few dozen items on display beside the David. Of course, when you have the David, what else do you need? They make bank off of that single piece of art. And rightfully so, because it is truly impressive. We took a picture with a fake David in the Piazza della Signoria and then snuck a picture with the real David's bum. Because, really, when you pay $60 to see one statue, you deserve at least a picture of its bum. Am I right?

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