Today we went to the Galleria dell'Accademia to stare unashamedly at the naked figure of Michelangelo's David.
Sculptured in marble during the years 1501-1504 it then apparently took 4 days to move it from his "studio" to where it was first displayed.
In 1991 some one attacked the left foot with a hammer, damaging the toes. Since then the accademia has been extra vigilant including metal detectors at the entrance, a protective shield, higher than the base, around the statue and some eagle eyed attendants shouting out "no photos" at anyone looking like they might raise a camera.
I'm sure I was being scrutinized because of the walking stick. It was very carefully examined at the x-ray machine and I detected more than a few glances from attendants as perhaps they suspected I was not really "crippled".
I have never done a tour in a museum before and I was really quite impressed. Our tour group was only 6 people and the guide was really informative about the gallery and its most important art works as well as the sculptures. She spoke for over an hour and then we stayed to explore the art more fully. Because of the no-photo rule I have taken a photo of a postcard:
I did a lot of walking and standing this morning - the gallery was a 25 minute walk from our hotel to start with. After the gallery we walked back and past the hotel to have some light lunch and then it was an afternoon of reading for me – some of the things I would've liked to have had for lunch: