Michelangelo’s famous “David” has drawn visitors to Florence for hundreds of years. I think everyone waited until today to take a peek. The crowds are overwhelming. Don’t take your eyes off your partner or they will be swallowed up by the river of tourists constantly moving around you.
We melt into the throngs and are swept to the banks of the Arno. We peel away and plaster ourselves against the rock wall, with the Ponte Vecchio built in 1345 over our left shoulders. It is the only bridge to survive the bombings of WWII. Generations of goldsmiths and silversmiths have continued their craft since the days of the Medici’s.
Thankfully we spent several days in Florence a few years ago. We toured with a friend’s daughter who was finishing her doctorate in Italian history. We took three days to see all the important sites. Today, we have the luxury of strolling along the maze of streets, stopping in small piazza’s to people watch and drink cool drinks.
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