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2006 Trip - Italy - Florence - David at the Accademia

Tuesday 5-16-06

Emilio at Il Carmine had been kind enough to make reservations at the Accademia for us. Bill says he never gets tired of seeing David, and this was only my second visit there.



We had lunch afterwards at a sidewalk cafe close to the Accademia and enjoyed peoplewatching. I think the name of it was Bar Il Magnifico.

A few regrets about our Florence stay:

We had booked a cooking class with Accidental Tourist, but on Sunday they had called and said that the cook was ill and unable to do the class. They offered a half day picnic instead - we considered it but decided to be lazy instead.

Missed getting to Fiesole this time, but we did ride the 12 and 13 busses around a couple of times getting to the top of Piazza Michelangelo.

Also missed getting to each of the three restaurants I had wanted to visit - Trattoria 4 Leoni, Trattoria ZaZa, and Ristorante da Mimmo. I guess that calls for another trip to Florence!

Comments (8)

David blew me away! I couldn't even look at anything else in that museum, I was mesmerized by him.

I left a comment for you on my blog too but just wanted to say how cool it is that you've been to UNC Chapel Hill and know Dean Smith! Dean has been one of my heroes since I was a kid. He's been keeping a low profile since he retired but it was so wonderful when he came out and campaigned for Obama last fall since Dean is one of the most respected North Carolinians. I love him!

I hope to get over to the campus this spring and take some photos and do a blog post.

It is such an amazing piece of art. I missed seeing the 'real' David on our first visit to Florence (the museum was closed for a staff 'meeting' even though we had pre-booked tickets). I corrected that on our last visit.

The nice thing about leaving things 'un-done' is that you always have a reason to return (not that we need much of one to be sure)!

I didn’t see the David on my first trip to Florence. It took me 20 years to see him. The view from Fiesole is spectacular!


I'm with Bill, never ever get tired of seeing David, although it has been several years now. I first saw him when I was 19, and hope to see him many more times.

Barb Cabot:

Nancy, the Accademia sets a stage for David. Just gives me chills to see your photos and to imagine how one walks that corridor and then enters that room where he stands so breath-takenly perfect. Everyone sighs when they see him standing there. Such a magnificent setting for someone so beautiful.
You're right, all the missed opportunities beckon you and makes a good reason to once again visit Bella Firenze. PS My daughter Aria worked for one year at ZaZa. She often would see Diva leading her tours and waited on many tourists who had read about ZaZa in guidebooks and through Diva's recs.



How neat that your daughter worked at the ZaZa restaurant.

Thank you all for your comments. Seeing David is a lifetime experience that I won't forget. Hopefully, I will get back there again.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw David. It is so mesmerizing.

The David was one of the first things I saw when in Florence for the first time. It definitely was one of the highlights of my trip. Love your photos! Brings back wonderful memories. I have missed out at eating at Trattoria ZaZa's also. Need to do that sometime. Are you going back to Florence this year? I am thinking of doing a daytrip.

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