The next morning we had a hot date with David. The statue of David, that is. Galleria dell’Accademia is home to Michelangelo’s David that is easily regarded as the most famous sculpture in the world. Once inside the museum (and on the way to see David), visitors also get to see his Slaves, the artist’s unfinished group of sculptures. As a young sculptor in 1501, Michelangelo took on a slab of marble that had already been worked on by another artist (who declared it unworkable after he took a huge chunk out of it). In 1504, at 29 years old, the artist completed the Goliath-sized piece for the city. Upon looking at the original David in person, you will notice how his hands are over-sized, which is due to the fact that he was supposed to be displayed 30 feet in the air. We were mesmerized by the intricate detail (I stared at the veins in his right hand) and how human-like this piece of marble appeared to be.
After David, the shopping began. We walked along Via Dell Oriuolo towards the Central Market. Along the way we found a great little leather store Pelletteria Anna where we bought five pairs of shoes, one wallet and eight purses. All great deals. After a few more blocks, we found an antique flea market. Katie purchased some Italian ribbon and we found ourselves hungry once again. This time the red chairs attracted us to Ristorante Plaz, located along Via Pietrapiana.
After gaining a second wind we were ready for more shopping. We strolled in and out of the luxury stores along Via De Tournabouni (Dior, Tiffany’s, Prada, Cavalli, etc) and then found our favorite store in all of Florence, Michele Negri. Here Katie and I tried on tons of great clothes from dresses to shoes to jackets. Everything was incredible and exquisitely made. I finally decided on a dress and high heels....the perfect Italian outfit. And just as we were leaving Mr. Michele Negri himself made an entrance and posed for a photo opp (pictured above). Ironically, we had admired his own clothes and fashion sense a few blocks before we arrived at his store and before we knew who he was. Another great Italian getaway!