DAY 9 - CONTIKI TOUR 3 Florence - Rome
20.02.2007 - 21.02.2007
After arriving home in the early hours of this morning we were up again to do a short orientation of the city with our tour guide before attending a leather demonstration.
After the leather demonstration we headed to the Galleria Dell Accademia to see the statue of David along the way we were able to see the Duomo. Michelangelo's David, sculpted from 1500 to 1504, is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture and one of Michelangelo's two greatest works. It is a massive 5.17 meter marble statue that portrays the Biblical King David at the moment that he decides to do battle with Goliath. It is absolutely massive and it is hard to fathom the logistics of creating such an iconic piece of artwork. The attention to detail is mind boggling!
After seeing the statue of David we returned to Piazza della Signoria for our walking tour with a local guide. The tour included the Diffizzi Galleri, The Ponte Vechicco Bridge, Palazzas Vechicco and then the Duomo but we left the tour before arriving at the Duomo as we had already seen it and we still had to manage to fit in some lunch before meeting back at the bus.
After the walking tour and lunch we all headed up to the lookout where we had a group photo overlooking Florence. We then made our way through the Italian country side and into Rome.
When we arrived in Rome, Josh, our tour guide conducted a walking tour of Rome which included the Colosseum, Vetorino, Trevi Fountain, Column of Marcus Aurelius, the Pantheon and the Temple of Hadrian before finishing in Piazza Navona where we had dinner.