Trip Start Jul 24, 2012
Trip End Dec 17, 2012

Flag of Italy  , Tuscany,
Sunday, August 26, 2012

Our day started early for us as the alarm went off at 7:30.  We took the train from Rome to Florence today and got just a glimpse of the beautiful country side.  After arriving in Florence we had a quick bite to eat and then headed for Galleria dell'Accademia to see the David.  Standing over 5 meters high and carved out of marble this is an incredible piece of art.  Michelangelo started in 1501 and completed the work in 1504.  The detail is amazing.  The piece itself is a model of David either after or before he defeated Goliath, except not in the traditional pose.  Most artists depict David standing with Goliaths head underneath one foot, while this is a more innocent pose.  After this we took the bus to the top of the hill overlooking Florence.  Here there was a church where we attended a Mass in Latin and then stayed for a Gregorian chant performed by the monks.  Heading back down the hill, we found a cute little restaurant that served traditional Tuscany dishes.  Dinner was great and we have already talked about going back tomorrow night.  A great day...
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