An early start to the Accademia to spend the morning with David, an experience that is difficult to describe until you’ve had it for yourself. The Accademia holds a number of sculptures by Michelangelo, including the unfinished Prisoners, a Pieta, and St. Matthew. Having seen the grotto at the Boboli Gardens where the Prisoners were once installed, it was exciting to see the original works.

After a lunch break, we met up again at San Marco to view the monastic cells that hold the fresco paintings of Fra Angelico —- individual paintings for each of the brothers to contemplate. The most prominent theme was that of the Crucifixion. There was also a cell that had a painting of Judas’ betrayal of Christ (not sure which monk had to sleep in that room!) The refectory had a large “Last Supper” fresco (as well as the gift shop.)

Our group dinner was at San’Agostino, a restaurant in our neighborhood where many of us have dined over the last week and a half. Stefano, one of the owner/partners, studied fashion design in New York and then came back to Florence with his American wife. The restaurant is wonderful and the presentation of the food exquisite. We dined on brushetta, pasta with pomodoro crudo, and a marvelous insalata mista. We finished the evening with gelato at “our gelato place.”

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