Yes! I was giddy with excitement.
Anyway, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.
Begin exploring the Accademia.
5 Things to look out for other than David in the Accademia Gallery :
· The Prisoners by Michelangelo: – These are a series of sculptures placed along the path to David.
They look unfinished, easily dismissed, till you take another look. I looked through my camera and saw this. Watch how his muscles strain to escape his stony bonds.
It said Pieta with Michelangelo’s name at the bottom but this one was like a whole new piece.
Ah! Travel truly expands mind.
· Rape of the Sabines:- Please don’t judge this stunning piece by its name.
Placed in the centre of one of the halls, it had three figures entwined that pull your eyes upwards. Walk around it and see it from every angle; the view changes each time.
Then I learnt this beautiful piece under the spotlight was a plaster copy.
What of the original?
The original was in the entry free, open-air museum in Piazza della Signoria, Florence. It had scores of beautiful statues under a roof and pigeons who had the run of the place.
· The Plaster busts hall: – There were plenty of plaster sculptures. I was most fascinated by a row of plaster busts on a shelf.
It was Martin Sheen as Aziraphale in Good Omens.
Check out the picture below! The resemblance is uncanny.
· Museum of Musical Instruments: – A museum within a museum dealing with musical instruments.
I had heard of Stradivari violin, now I could see it too.
One site told me I had to keep my eyes open for Tree of Life. I did and here I thought it was a only a movie!
Some Tips to make this a memorable experience :
· Pre-book your tickets online at the Accademia Gallery website. You get the date and time slot and can collect the tickets from a counter there. Standing in a queue never felt shorter!
· Best way to arrive at the museum tucked in one of the lanes is walking. Florence is a walker’s paradise.
Michelangelo said it best ,
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
My last memory was stepping out into the street, wonderstruck.
What an unforgettable date!