Day 7 was the longest day of sightseeing we had in Tuscany. This was the day we visited Florence – aka Firenza – and saw the statue of David and other wonderful things. We had purchased tickets online so we had a dedicated entrance time and there was a separate line for advance purchase tickets at the Museo dell’Academia. However, when we arrived the line for advanced purchase tickets was longer than the line for people buying tickets that day! Our scheduled time was 11:30 pm and we got in line around 10 or so. The people in front of us had a scheduled time of 9:30, so we were all wondering what the problem was! A staff member walked by and we asked her what was going on. She told us that the Museo dell’Academia had sold tickets with scheduled times starting at 8:30 am but did not open that day until 10! Oh well, it was worth the wait.
There was other artwork in the museum and this was one of my favorites:
After a taxi ride across town, we ate lunch before going to the Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery), one of the oldest art museums in Europe. It officially opened to the public in 1765.
Two of the most famous paintings from their painting collection are Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Leonardo da Vinci’s Annunciation. I saw both and they were magnificent; however, it was quite crowded that day and I could not get close enough to take a decent shot of either one.
Here are two of the statues that I liked:
On the top floor of the museum was a bistro where we rested and had a snack. The view was lovely.
Only a couple more days to go!