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... bus ride away in the town of Fiesole. The city resides atop a hill overlooking Florence. Fiesole is known for its Etruscran ruins. We did spend a few hours in their museum and walking the ancient streets. As evening came we dined there in town with the locals. By bedtime I am sure we had walked three to four miles and ascended and descended a minimum of two hundred steps. GOOD NIGHT! ...
... queue to get into the little gallery where the statue is displayed.
Our guide fills in the time telling us how David is out of proportion because poor Mick made a mistake and ran out of marble too soon. Our good friend Wikki later advised this is rubbish, but hey it made a good story at the time.
There are in fact a couple of odd details about David (I thought he was Jewish?) but ...
... tickets. We were sent to the other end of town to be told there were no tickets for today, we should come back tomorrow. Hah, I know exactly what my chances are of convincing Jay to drive back here tomorrow and they involve snowballs and somewhere even warmer than Florence in July.
Since we had booked nothing ahead of time, we were out of luck for tours and attractions. We decided to just wig it so we started dashing about ...
... to transfer and up-size the dimensions to their big block of marble. Another interesting room in the Academia contained a Renaissance musical instrument collection (the earliest pianos and some strange stringed and horned instruments).
Next stop: the Duomo (Cathedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore). The outside had a makeover in the 1700's in the Baroque style, so the word 'excess' comes to mind. It is massive (has the longest nave in Christendom) with an amazing ...
... tedious, but then the panels with landmasses were illustrated in extreme detail by hand before being carefully applied to the globe. Some of these things were a meter diameter. I did spend some of the time there frustrated by the lack of detail provided on exhibits. There was little about how each thing was used, what it was used for, or how it was made. The labels just said 'astrolabe' and left it at that. Videos provided a bit more for select items, but too ...