Today we left Florence. After a day of museums and a free day to roam around the city, I had finally developed a pretty reliable mental map of the city. With our train leaving at 4pm, I had one last chance to visit one of many museums I hadn't been to before. After breakfast, much needed laundry, and packing, I decided to go to the Uffizi gallery with our fearless leaders, Dan and Rennie. The gallery was predominantly Renaissance, which was a nice break from early Roman and Etruscan works. It contained works from many prominent artists, including Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo Da Vinci.
After exploring the Uffizi, it was time to head back to Rome. At over 200 kilometers per hour, the ride from Florence to Rome wasn't more than 2 hours long. Small groups set out for dinner, and after filling our stomachs we enjoyed some gelato. I'm not sure about everyone else, but a fair amount of my spending money has been allocated to my gelato fund. After a day of travel, we all turned in pretty early for the night. I cannot wait until we reach the coast and enjoy Sorrento!
Since Jayce was one of the few who hadn't come with us the day before, he hit the same museum most of us had the day before. But the rest of us spent the morning getting in some last minute shopping or other things that we wanted to rush through before we had to hop on our train back to Rome.
Personally, I actually did find the museum with the other David statues we had wanted to see. This is the city to visit if you want to see depictions of that particular story, because it is very close to the hearts of the people of Florence. During the Renaissance they declared that they could see themselves in the shoes of David, as being the underdog or the "little guy" up against the bigger cities of the time. But they asserted through the use of this story that they too would triumph. So there are many pieces, espeically statues, of this particular biblical shepard throughout the city. We had already seen the most famous one by Michelangelo, but my personal favorite may be the one by Donatello (don't tell Michelangelo I said that though, he would be very upset).
I also saw the original pieces submitted to the contest for the comission for the Florence baptistry, which we had seen the other day while we were at the Duomo. There was a contest in which artists would submit one planel of their work to gain the job of creating new doors for the baptistry, and it came down to two- Bruneleschi and Ghiberti. The two panels both depict the scarifice of Isaac, but they are ifferent in their form. Ghiberti ended up winning the job based on his use of a more Classical form, rather than the Medieval tradition which they were transitioning out of. This is just another one of the important events which mark the transition into the Renaissance period.
There are so many more stories like that to be told around here, but unfortunately not enough time to touch on them all. But here we go, back to Rome for a day, and then on to the next adventure!