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Published: June 21st 2017
Queue for Tickerts to Galleria dell'Accademia
Line for Tickets to Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia 12-10-14
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Today was to be more of a rest day after two long day trips, and a chance to visit some of the museums of Florence. First up was the Galleria dell'Accademia to see David. We had purchased timed tickets for 10:00am which we were to pick up at the ticket office. We walked there and there was already a massive line, which we joined. Luckily for us, I overhead someone saying that you had to pick up your tickets further down the street before joining the entry line. If we hadn't heard that we would have queued for 30 minutes for nothing! I left G in the line and went down and sure enough was able to collect the tickets. After a few more minutes we were finally allowed inside the amazingly crowded Galleria – I dread to think how busy this must be in peak season. As we walked through you could see the magnificent David high above the crowds. Incredible.
After spending around 90 minutes in the Accademia, we went for another walk across the Ponte Vecchio, with a stop in Pandora to replace by broken bracelet and buy an Italian charm – a gorgeous
little gondola. We saw the outside of the Pitti Palace and contemplated going in, but decided against it as we were already visiting the Uffizi after lunch.
We walked around the Oltrano for some time trying to find somewhere for lunch without a lot of success. Lots of places appeared closed, presumably because it was Sunday. Finally we stumbled upon Quattro Leoni, which had been on my list as a possible restaurant but I had never gotten around to booking it. We asked for a table for two and were told if we could wait for half an hour or so they could seat us. Fortunately a table did become available and we had a delicious lunch of Fish and Chips Baccala. We dined outside in the square, watching the local children playing next to the restaurant. Very enjoyable indeed.
fter our leisurely lunch we went to line up for our timed entry to the Uffizi Gallery. I have to say that this was one of the only museums we have visited that I didn't really enjoy at all. I am glad to say I have been, but that really heavy renaissance art is really not my style at
Rape of the Sabines
Rape of the Sabines at Galleria dell'Accademia 12-10-14
all, and the Uffizi is full of it. We did spend a couple of hours there and attempted to see everything, but from my point of view the best scene was watching a game of what appeared to be soccer played in boats on the Arno below the windows!
We went and had a couple of chiantis at our hotel's happy hour and spent time chatting to a lovely lady, Lainie, from the Carolinas in the US, who was in Florence without her husband and family. We asked her to join us for dinner which we ate at Osteria del Porcellino – Fried Brie with Truffled Sesame Seeds and Beef Fillet with Balsamic Sauce, Spinach and Potatotes. Totally delicious and very pleasant chatting to someone new from a part of the world we had never been.
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