Aug. 18, 2014
Florence - Day 5
Italian artist Michaelanglo sculpted his marble statue of David between 1501 and 1504. A masterpiece from the Renaissance, the statue was originally placed in the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of government in Florence at the time. David, who represents the Biblical hero who battled the giant Goliath, was moved to the Galleria dell' Accademia in 1873 where the Friars were able to see this original work of art. As observers gazed up at the 17-foot statue mounted high on it's base, David was breathtaking in beauty and precise in anatomical detail. Following this stop, the group followed a walking a tour of Florence which included such sites as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Piazza della Signoria, where the David was originally placed and a replica still stands outside amongst many other Renaissance statues. Florence is famous for its leather market where jackets, purses, belts, and luggage tempted shoppers. The Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) was built in 1345 and was the first bridge in Florence to span the Arno River. The Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge in Florence to survive World War II and is still lined small shops selling gold and silver jewelry. On Monday, the Friars will travel to Rome and take on Perugia at Tiber Basketball Gym.