Before you scroll down, let me tell you – this is a piece by piece shots of Michelangelo’s gorgeous statue of David. At Accademia Gallery in Florence, you’ll find the tantalizing work of art that no human can resist admiring. From his curly hair to his muscular abs and down to his big feet, David is an epitome of man we all want or want to be.
Who is David? If you’re familiar with the story of Goliath the giant, then, you know who the heck David is. He’s the one who hit Goliath in his eye using his sling with precision.
Where can you find David. Oh dear, he’s waiting for you at Academia Gallery Museum in Florence. He’s the main attraction here and most people don’t even bother to see other work of arts. He’s the only reason why people go there.
The Queue at the Accademia Gallery Museum is the Worst in Italy. I understand that there’s always a queue in touristy places but the system here at the Academia is the worst in Italy. I was in line for 2 hours and 11 minutes! Why? because the guards manning the line outside are merciless people who don’t understand what it’s like to be traveling and queueing up under the scorching heat of the sun. And come to think of this, the line wasn’t that long when I arrived. It’s just the system of getting people in is so unfair and so wrong! I understand at the people who buy fast passes could get in ahead of us but that doesn’t mean you’d treat those who can’t afford those passes unfairly. The guards would let busloads of tourists in (say 50-80 people) and then let 3-6 people from our line. Then, there’s the time gap in between those entries. So, obviously, even if you’re the 20th person in line, you’d have to wait for an hour or more. Terrible, terrible, terrible! And I stayed inside the Academia for 50 minutes because I had to go sightseeing.
Made of Marble. It’s made of real white marble. It was a commissioned work which was supposed to be put on the top of Florence Cathedral. But, instead, it was in full display at Piazza della Signiora before it was brought indoors. The statue’s sling and trunk were once covered in gold leaf but due to outside exposure, the colors faded.
Nor has there ever been seen a force so fluent, or a gracefulness equal to this, or feet, hands and head so well related to each other with quality, skill and design.” -Giorgio Vasari-
If you’re looking for a hostel in Florence that’s near the Duomo, you’ll never go wrong with the Academy Hostel. It is a few minutes walk to the Santa Maria del Fiore, aka, the Duomo, the city’s most famous landmark. The train station is less than 10 minutes walk from here. The hostel is loved by those who have stayed here. It’s a clean and fun hostel.