Mom and I woke up bright and early, I was slightly hungover--too much Prosceeo. But, we were heading off to Florence so I didn't mind. I slept most of the way there and felt nice and refreshed when we arrived! First we stopped by Piazzale Micelangelo to see a gorgeous view of the city. There was also a lovely replica of "David." I took photos from several angles, both the front and back! Next we went downtown and visited a gold factory. We listened to a demonstration about all of the jewely making they do here and how it's done. After this we visited the Dumo which is a HUGE cathedral. There were many different pieces of art inside that appeared to be beautiful oil paintings...However the museum guide explained to us that this was actually a mosaic! Most of the pieces were so tiny that you could barely see them. I couldnt imagine all of the time this must have taken!
After this we went to the Academia Building to see the impressive DAVID!! Unfortunately, as much as I dont like to admit this, Michelangelo's "masterpiece" wasn't really what I expected. Personally the replica that we saw earlier at Piazzale Micelangelo was a lot bigger and definately more masculine, if you know what I mean.
Mom and I spent the rest of the afternoon checking out all of the leather shops, jewelry stores and boutiques. That evening we had a delicious dinner with Tuscan specialties. Our cute waiter reccommended several excellent choices of apertivi and a Chianti to complement them. I might just be saying this, but I truly believe that the Chianti here tasted richer than the Chianti served in Roma. We finished the meal with glasses of amaretto and our waitor asked me out!! I was extremely tempted but mommy refused. We were off to Pisa in the AM!