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Day 5-Florence Sightseeing(Academia,Walk and Leather Making)

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

all seasons in one day 16 °C

Today was our first and final day in Florence. We went for a bit of a walk around Florence before we came to a leather factory. They showed us how they put the gold on the products and the difference between Peruzzi leather and ordinary leather. Then we went to theAcademia. The museum of Academia is where most of Michaelangelo's works are kept. This museum used to be an art school, so some of the students works are also kept there. Kept there are the 6 prisoners, and I talked about those yesterday. There was one in particular that I liked, which, in my perspective, was one of a man trying to push a piece of marble off his head. Then there was David. A 15 feet, 4.5 metre, 8 tonne giant. The most celebrated of Michaelangelo's works. We walked the full way round this mass sculpture. The sculpture wasn't in the best shape, as it used to be kept outside and pigeons would poop on it, people would throw rocks at it and it would get covered in wax to make duplicates. Although, they did clean it and rub it which took off the shine.Speaking of copies, yesterday we went over a lookout and there was a fake David that looked like he had 'an extreme case of dihorrea' down the back of his leg! One interesting fact is the pupils in Davids eyes are heart shape to give him more emotion.After this, we hopped into the coach and started the 5 hour drive to Venice. I was really looking forward to Venice. We arrived at the mainland port then took a water taxi to the gondola port. The canals were just like roads; they had posts going through the middle of the canal, to make traffic lanes, there was bus stops(or boat stops) every so often and there was a garage for each house to keep their family boat.Then we arrived at the gondola port. This were really cool. Once we made out of the grand canal, it got quieter and we passed under small footbridges. We then went to St. Marks square for dinner and made our way back to the mainland by boat, to get to our hotel. Tomorrow we have a glass blowing demonstration and St.Marks Basilica.

Morgan

Posted by Italy17 03:04 Archived in Italy

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Great descriptions of everything you saw! And I am so happy we got to facetime today, you are hard to get hold of! Enjoy Greece, I can't wait to see the photos and hear what you saw. Love Mumx

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