Galleria dell’ Accademia

This afternoon we took the train into Florence to visit the Galleria dell’ Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s sculpture the David. Even though we had reserved tickets for 1:00 p.m. we had to wait in line for about half an hour. This was minor though compared to the line to buy

tickets that stretched the length of the block and around the corner.

I’ve wanted to see the David since studying art history as a freshman in college, and reading and rereading The Agony and the Ecstasy, a biographical novel about the life of Michelangelo since high school. The sculpture was amazing and much larger than I expected.

The museum, while quite small, has other sculptures by Michelangelo and a collection of Renaissance paintings. There’s also a collection of plaster sculptures by 19th-century artists that were fascinating.