Getting here took longer than I thought it would…I missed the train by about 3 minutes, and had to wait for the next one. That one ended up being about an hour late, so I finally arrived in Florence about 3.5 hours later than I had expected. Luckily I found a GREAT hostel, and had time to go out and see Michaelangelo’s David. I had honestly thought about skipping this, but I am so glad I didn’t. I had no idea of the actual size of this sculpture. Every picture I have seen doesn’t do anything to show the scale of the statue. I figured that it would be about life size, or maybe a little larger….WRONG! This thing is about 3 times life size, and up on a pedestal that adds another 10 feet or so to its size. They’ve just started a restoration project to clean it, but they’re doing it in full view. That’s the way art should be saved!
One of my favorite things to do in this town is to wander around after the sun goes down. In the narrow winding streets, you really get the feeling that this is a true medieval town, and that you could be 600 years in the past. Of course even that can get old after a while, so I headed across the river to see some of the shops and outdoor art. After a while I found a building that looked amazingly familiar…it turns out that it was the setting for a scene in “Hannibal” where Hannibal Lechter kills an Italian cop by hanging him out of a window. Kinda cool!