Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Nov 29 - Florence

Today, was the first day of the cruise when it actually seemed like winter, so it was a cold day in Florence.

Our first stop was the Museo Bargello, where Donatello's provocative bronze statue of David was the star attraction amongst a great collection of renaissance sculpture. He looked very effeminate compared to Michelangelo's nonchalant David in the Piazza della Signoria.

The Florence marathon was on, so we briefly clapped at a few flagging runners and then supported them from the safe distance of a cafe.

For most tourists, Florence is about a bit of culture, a bit of shopping, and a lot of food; so after a spot of retail therapy and a delicious ice cream, all bases had been covered, and so it was time to meet up with the tour group for the journey back to Livorno.