Copy of the "David". Situated in the garden at Galleria dell'Academia
The last time I came to Italy, 2006, my trip was documented in a little travel book. This time, I decided to get it down on my blog because a) I am more likely to read it again and b) I forgot my travel book at home. This is day 3 and I've started forgetting stuff from day one so I think it's an appropriate time to start.
Galleria dell'Accademia is smaller than I anticipated which is good because you are more likely to see all the rooms in a little more depth before you feel you've had enough.
It took 2.5 hours to get through all the art. It's 100% Christian art with the focal point being Michaelangelo's "David". This statue was done from a piece of marble that two other sculptors had rejected but that Michaelangelo was still able to work with - a fact I found rather interesting as it highlights the skill of the man.
Some of the art dated as far back as the 1300s.
My personal favourite was a room full of old statues. I have a slight preference for sculptures and 3D art form over paintings.
Fact of note: in the old days restoration of art pieces sometimes involved acids like hydrogen peroxide. This meant that although the colours were bright once restored, the art itself began to deteriorate rather quickly.
It costs Eur15 and takes 2 to 2.5 hours to see the full collection. The audio guide isn't worth it (Eur6 for 1 and Eur10 for a shared one). A guided tour might be interesting because there are probably many back stories to the art pieces. Book in advance because the queue is massive.