Monday, July 04, 2011

I Remember ... Welcome to Florence

Welcome to Florence, considered the birthplace of the Renaissance ... for its art, architecture and cultural heritage.
As soon as we arrived we had an appointment for a tour of the Galleria dell' Accademia housing a Michelangelo collection, including the David. The original David has been housed here since 1873. It was moved from its outdoor location for preservation purposes. This 17-foot marble sculpture was created by Michelangelo between 1501-04. A replica was placed in the Piazza della Signoria in 1910. We couldn't get over the size and details. His hands and feet seemed especially large.
We checked into the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo and had time to get settled before heading out for our optional excursion.On this evening we experienced a Florentine dinner complete with entertainment at, Palazzo Borghese ... beautiful setting, delicious food and great entertainment with our group.

When we returned to our hotel it was still warm and we were pretty lively. We sat out on a patio and enjoyed the remainder of our evening.

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