on May 16, 2001
I had been to see Michelangelo's David at the Galleria dell'Accademia six years ago, when you were allowed to take pictures! (I've reused my old photo below.) Now, though, there are no photos allowed . . . but there are just as many visitors!
David is impressive, certainly, but I still think his hands and feet are too big for his body. We noted some dust bunnies atop his shoulders--they must not clean him too often. Please stop and study the Prisoners of Michelangelo, who used to stand in the Grotto of the Boboli Gardens (now copies are in their places there). My husband and I enjoyed many of the paintings in the Accademia, but not all are masterpieces. Botticelli's Holy Family is a wonderful sight.
Entrance is 12,000 lire/person ($6), plus a surcharge of $1.50 for advance reservations. We reserved a time ahead (call several weeks in advance) and waltzed up to the reserved ticket entrance, ahead of at least a hundred people! Once you're in that door, keep waltzing up to the ticket booth--don't wait in the line in the hallway. There's a special window inside just for holders of reserved tickets.
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