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    The genuine article!

    by Callavetta Written Mar 23, 2005

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    Accademia

    While statues of David can be found in several places in Florence, the real deal is only in one place; the Accademia Museum.

    When Michaelangelo finished this magnificent piece of work, he was really nervous about the reception that he would get. He moved David out to the middle of Piazza Vecchia in the dead of night. In the morning he was delighted to find notes of congratulations and praise affixed to David.

    It was as recent as 1873 that David was moved indoors, to be protected from the elements. A replica stands in the Piazza, adorned with pigeons and pigeon droppings. You will also find more replicas in the big Piazza on the hill (Piazzelli Michaelangelo), along with copies of other of the artists works.

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    David, David, David

    by stressball Updated Mar 5, 2005

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    Statue of David

    To see Michelangelo's "Statue of David" is certaly a sight to see. I was in Florence for only 9 hours and about 2 of it was just staring at "David". It's truely amazing that a man could sculpt this form of Man out of one piece of marble. This really shows that he was not only an artist, but also a man that was in touch wiith humankind.

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    Number one sight

    by rexvaughan Written Jan 22, 2005

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    Maybe the most viewed and photographed statue in the world is Michelangelo's David. Now housed in the Accademia Gallery, it was originally done for the Palazzo Vecchio where a copy now stands. The Florentine Republic asked Micheangelo to create a symbol of freedom and this was his response. It is a beautiful young David with an "I can handle anything" expression on his face. "Bring on the Giant!"

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    the other statue of David in Florence

    by TimDaoust Written Jan 7, 2005

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    One can find an exact replica of the David in this square in Florence. While we were here we hung out in this beautiful square many times. Once we even saw a wedding taking place outside of the church. It's a very pleasant place to sit and eat gelato on a sunny day.

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    Where is David ?

    by kenyneo Written Oct 8, 2004

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    the perfect man or perfect Renaissance man ?

    hey boy and girl ...
    where is our friend David ,
    he runs all over Firenze ...
    clothes he has not any ...
    shame shame on thee ...
    sometimes he pose cheekily
    down the Academy ...
    together with Michael's four slavery ...

    and during a lucky day ...
    ye will see him on top hill like me ...
    Pallazio Michaelangelo that can only be ...
    looking over the red roofs of Tuscany
    and still posing cheekily

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    The best David

    by morganna Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    David by Donatello

    Look at the picture... no, this is not The David... But this is David, also... you know, Michelangelo was not the only one to think about this young boy.
    I have to recognize that I prefer this David, made by Donatello, in bronze, in 1430. And... it is also in Florence, in Museo Nazionale del Bargello, don't miss the chance to compare!!
    By the way, in the same museum you even will find another David, also by Donatello, this time in marble, in a very different style.
    All this, of course is with permission of Bernini, who made also another David, which is located Rome, there is a picture in my Bernini travelogue

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    Will the Real David Please Stand?

    by geeyook Written Jul 22, 2004

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    David, is that you?

    This David is a replica of the original and stands in front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Michelangelo's original David once stood on this same spot but was moved to the Galleria dell'Accademia in 1873 to protect it from ravages of time and weather.

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    The David - real and replicas

    by kakou226 Written Jun 12, 2004

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    Piazza del Michealangelo

    There are three David's in and around the city. The Real one is at the Accademia museum. I was able to go first thing in the morning and missed all the line ups and crowds. Also at the Accademia were other unfinished works by Michealangelo.

    A replica of the David can be found at the Piazza del Michealangelo and in front of the town hall, where the original once stood.

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    If you are looking for David...

    by dvideira Updated May 28, 2004

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    palazzo vecchio entrance - florence

    ... You have just found more scaffolding and this is just a copy of the famous David by Michelangelo, situated at the entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio ( where for almost four centuries the original statue had represented the power and dignity of the Florentine Republic ),

    The original you will find at the Accademia Gallery where it has been since 1873 for reasons of conservation.

    Galleria dell'Accademia
    Via Ricasoli 60
    open 8:15am-6:50pm Tues-Sun (Last admission thirty mins before closing); closed Mon; admission €6.50

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    "David" is Everywhere in Florence!

    by GinGinCoo Updated Mar 15, 2004

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    Dan with another copy of David

    You will see several statues of Michelangelo's "David" when you're in Florence, the first one we saw was at this scenic stop on top of the hill, called Piazzelle Michaelangelo, where we can view a great panorama of Florence. The second one is at the Piazza della Signoria. Ofcourse both of these sculptures are just a copy. The original "David" by Michelangelo is at the Galleria dell'Accademia.

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    Looking For David ?...

    by coceng Updated Feb 12, 2004

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    Almost in the lion's mouth !

    ...Well, there are lots of things to see in Florence...if you intend to stay here for a few days, at least.
    Me, I was in Florence for a few hours only...
    I had a reservation by The Internet to see David, but I caught a train late from Orvieto...
    ...but then, when I reached florence, the replicas of David were just everywhere !....
    ..Big & Small Davids...take your picks...you can even buy one to be put in your car, in your toilet, in your bedroom,..on T-shirts, on backpacks, on underwears, on condoms...you get the idea...
    I don't even know where the real David is !...
    I caught my David almost between the lion's mouth !...

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    Michaelangelo's David

    by kazander Updated Feb 9, 2004

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    david

    You can see Michaelangelo's David as well as some of his unfinshed works at the Galleria dell'Academia. No flash photography, but as you can see, none is needed. Both times I went I did not need reservations, but it might not be a bad idea.

    Other copies of David can be seen around the city

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    Don't let the lines scare you...

    by jglsongs Written Jan 9, 2004

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    The world wants to see David in the flesh..er, stone. The lines to get into the Galleria dell'Accademia can be horrendous - but they DO move quickly.

    Personally, I've found going in mid-to-late afternoon a good time; first thing in the morning seems to be one of the busiest, since a lot of tour groups go there first since they "assume" it won't take that long.

    You can spend a couple of hours there - and the room adjacent to David is also magnificent, though your neck might hurt a little from trying to make out the top tier of sculptures.

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    Piazza della Signoria

    by Goner Updated Jun 17, 2003

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    Michelangelo's David

    Piazza della Signoria & Palazzo Vecchio have been the heart of political and social life of Florence for centuries. In the Piazza della Signoria is where you will find Fontanta di Nettuno, Ammannati's fountain (1575) and the Marzocco, a copy of the heraldic lion of Florence carved by Donatello (1420) and at the front of the Palazzo Vecchio you will find a replica of Michelangelo's David.

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    Galleria dell'Accademia

    by nicolettart Written Jun 13, 2003

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    David

    I found that if you go first thing in the morning, the lines may be too long, especially in the summer months. Instead I returned in the early afternoon and....no line.. at all! Regardless, you must go. Among the museum's masterpieces Michelangelo's David, his unfinished Slave sculptures, and upstairs there are beautiful icon paintings, not to be missed.

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