Florence is fabulous -- from the architecture to the art museums. Our guide was knowledgeable, but not very accommodating -- just walk fast and keep up. Lunch was disappointing -- sit where we tell you (despite the lack of space and an otherwise empty restaurant) and too bad, you can't sit with your party, rude guide and rude restaurant owner.
The two museums we saw were outstanding -- the Academia and the Uffizi -- just wish there was more time. Both were quite stunning -- and if you've only seen pictures of Michelangelo's David, prepared to be amazed -- the size and the incredible detail of this statue defies description. Our afternoon at the Uffizi (even the ceilings are stunning) was the highlight for me. We had a different guide -- he was not just knowledgeable, but had wonderful stories and information about the paintings, who commissioned it, the artist, and other wonderful details that really made these beautiful paintings and sculptures come alive. The churches and the other buildings are stare-worthy -- just wished for more time...
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