Day 2 in Florence and Pisa
Jul 04, 2010
! The David is a gorgeous statue but there is also a Biblical meaning behind it. It’s was not sculptured for us girls to ooze and lust over that’s for sure! Michelangelo took 3 years to sculpt The David – all on his own. It reflects the David and Goliath story. And for those who didn’t go to Sunday School, David a shepherd and a follower of God was the only one who sleighed Goliath with a pebble and a sling and with the strength of God on his side. So this is The David! Michelangelo was known for his 'nude’ work of art and depicting the male form especially – more so than the female form (I wonder if that was saying something)! But enough on The David. From the Accademia we walked to the train station and took a train to Pisa. This was about an hour from Florence. We got off the train in Pisa and walked and walked.... through crummy back streets to get to The Leaning Tower of Pisa! Its strange how something so gorgeous can just stand there... or in this case lean.... when the city around it isn’t that appealing. There were people everywhere and the Tower was still leaning. We did our corny photos just like everyone else around us was doing. I think we had more fun watching people around us do it! They had the ‘grass police’. There was a huge grass area in front of the Leaning Tower that no one was allowed to stand one but everyone stood on it anyway! Every 10min or so the ‘grass police’ would come out blowing their whistle ordering everyone to get off. Amusing to watch. We grabbed some lunch nearby and then at 6pm we climbed the 418 steps to the top of the Pisa. It was such a weird feeling climbing on a lean. The steps were quite narrow. We got to the top and the view was nice. We were only allowed to stay up top for 30 minutes...I wanted to stay longer to get my €15 worth! We left Pisa straight after as we had trains to catch. Finally got back to campsite by 10pmish. It was a long and busy day so shower and bed for me. Trav...well he grabbed a Pizza and found a bug that glowed in the dark!
We had an early start to the day as we wanted to try and beat the crowds to the "Accademia" to see The David (the real one!) by Michelangelo...OMG I'm excited! The line was short but slow moving and took about an hour to get in (which is pretty good during the summer!). We grabbed an Audio guide in hope to learn a bit more but found ears dropping on other tour guides is far better! There were a lot of amazing art work and other sculptures at the Accademia but there at the end of a corridor having a space on its own stood ....drum roll please......The David. My mouth dropped in awe at this 516cm tall sculpture. A work of art. Attention to detail in all areas if ya know what I mean *wink wink nudge nudge* Ever inch of The David sculptured by hand from marble by Michelangelo himself. The muscles in his neck leading down to his gorgeous chest, veins appearing in his arms and hands, his muscles in his back leading down to a perfect butt. It was simply divine and perfect! Its hard to believe that someone did this so many hundreds of years ago by hand