Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Italy 2013 - Day 12 (Florence)

Today we are off to see the David.

We got there at 9:40am and the couple that was ahead of us had already been there for 1.5 hours. This is going to be a long wait. I made the executive decision to leave and try again later. So we headed to the museum of precious gems which is just a few buildings down. Price of entry is 4 euro. I was expecting to see crazy emeralds and sapphires but what was inside want completely unexpected. Imagine a paint by color but instead of painting they used cut outs of stone (usually marble). Followed by several layers of polish to smooth out the finish. The end result is a piece that looks like a painted piece but is actually constructed out of marble pieces. Some are crazily tiny! One of the best pieces I have visited so far.

We went to the duomo after and it is quite nice on the outside since it was not your usual monotone building. The interior was a little boring though. There was a wait to get in even though it is free. 

Surprisingly little is free in this city. All other churches had a cost attached to it.

After the duomo we tried the David again and saw that the line up had not changed. We will try again tomorrow.

We had gelato at a place recommended by the host called Perche No. It was very good. Lots of Japanese tourists here. The servers even spoke a bit of Japanese.

Stopped by Del Barone for lunch which is a sandwich shop and it was very good. Even got two free glasses of wine.

Visit the piazza della Signoria if you have a chance. Lots of nice sculptures here including a replica of David.

On our way to piazza Michelangelo we stopped by Cantina Del Gelato which has our favorite gelato of the whole trip. Worth a visit if you can. It is just on the other side of Ponte Vecchio, a famous bridge.

Piazza Michelangelo is definitely worth a visit. It gives you a very good view of Florence.
For dinner we ate at Il Gusto. The place is very good and highly recommended. Was on Michelin guide for a few years.

Tomorrow off to try David again!