Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ciara Gold's day in Florence

So of all the Italian cities we visited, I think Florence was my favorite. Hard to put into words why except it was truly a beautiful town. Well maybe because there were artists everywhere creating art while you waited. One of the first things we noted when getting off the bus were all the young folks trying to sell posters. They'd spread them on the road which made it difficult to walk around without seeing the work, but if they caught wind of the police coming, they would quickly gather the posters and run. I guess it wasn't legal for them to do this.

We toured the Duomo Santa Maria Del Fiore. Construction on the Duomo began in 1296 and several architects had a hand in its creation until it was completely finished in 1887. The dome was quite a marvel to behold.

Next we visited the Uffizi Gallery and next the Academia Gallery where Michelangelo's David is housed. David was constructed out of inferior marble and Michelangelo had to work around the flaws. It was originally commissioned to be placed high on the roofline of the Florence Cathedral but because of its size, it was placed in the square instead.

One of the modern exhibits had a Pink David that truly made you smile while also trying to shock. It reminded me of the blue Buddha in the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

We also toured the Piazza Della Signoria. The plazza was full of sculptures that drew you in with their since of emotion and movement.


Savannah Chase said...

Oh wow, the photo's are great. I've always wanted to go to Florence. Just see the world.

Ciara Gold said...

It was an awesome trip and the photos don't do it justice. And now it's hard to remember what the photos are of. LOL.