Colin's World Tour travel blog


Michelangelo's David

Ponte Vecchio

The Spanish Steps

The Trevi Fountain at night

The Pantheon at night

Got up this morning and headed straight to Florence. Skipped the leather demonstration in lieu of getting in line for one of the attractions. Unfortunately the line for the Uffizi Gallery was over two hours long so we decided to go to the Galleria Academia where Michelangelo's David is housed. Waited for an hour but got in and it was completely worth it. We weren't supposed to take pictures but I got in a couple shots nonetheless. The statue is much larger than I had anticipated (16 feet) and really quite something in person. We finished up just in time to meet our organized tour of the city (Italy has a law stating that only Italian citizens with a history degree are allowed to give tours in the country). We started in the Piazza Della Signora where they have a replica of David as well as many originals of other statues. We went to Ponte Vecchio, a 2000 year old bridge famous for the shops lining it, before heading back to town through the Piazza Della Repubblica and ending up at the Duomo, the second largest dome and third largest basilica in Europe (designed by Michelangelo). Grabbed lunch and got back on the bus to Rome. Arrived in Rome at about 4:00 and received some great news; our hotel had been overbooked so we were upgraded. My room (though I didn't know it at the time) was the only one with a queen bed and was also on the corner of the building so had a wraparound balcony. We relaxed until it was time to head to the Metro (subway) and the city. Exited the Metro at the Spagna station and, you guessed it, arrived immediately at the Spanish Steps. Continued on to the Trevi Fountain and then the Pantheon, all quite impressive at night. Grabbed dinner and then the Metro back to the bus and the hotel where I had the best night of sleep in weeks.

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