Our first trip to Florence, happened on a whim, we’d talked about going, but hadn’t made any plans, and a day before we’d set out to leave we made reservations at an Army base nearby and packed up our car. Because of our lack of planning, our intention was mostly to walk around, get a feel for the city, and people watch. On the drive down, we decided we’d pick one famous piece of art that everyone knows is housed in Florence and see it. For this trip, we chose Michelangelo’s David.
David was once housed outdoors, in front of the Palazzo della Signoria, but is now kept in the Galleria dell’ Accademia. The Accademia houses much art, so definitely plan on spending a few hours there at minimum if you want to see more than just David.
What most surprised me about the actual statue of David, was it’s sheer size. It’s huge. At fourteen feet tall it is practically a giant. You can read more about the statue’s history on the Accademia Gallery’s website.0