We were back in Florence today, this time for a walking tour of the city.
Our first stop was at the Gallery of the Academy of Florence. This art museum is best known as the home of Michelangelo‘s David sculpture, but they also contain several of his unfinished sculptures and some other Renaissance paintings. The David sculpture was initially constructed to sit in front one of the palaces in Florence, but it was relocated in 1873 and replaced with a replica.
Our second stop was a tour of the Florence Cathedral, called the “duomo” by the locals. This cathedral was started in 1294, but it took until 1436 before somebody figured out how to build the giant dome. Our tour group took a walk through the main floor, and the tour guide mostly focused on its construction, artwork, and use as a meeting place for non-religious events.
Our last stop was to the Uffizi, one of the largest art museums in the entire world. Its collection includes paintings from artists such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. We walked through almost the entire art museum and learned some of the history of the various paintings and exhibits.
Here are some of my photos from throughout the tour: