Our goals for Tuscany were simple: enjoy the sights, eat Gelato (it was rumored that modern day ice cream was invented in Florence) and make it to the Accademia to see Michelangelo's David. While Florence has an amazing amount of museums, we knew that the four small people would not want to walk through museum after museum. Since this was their spring break to, we made sure they had fun as well.
Here are the kids in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, near the train station...
After admiring the Cathedral, we went on a quest to find the Accademia. It should have been a very easy find from the Duomo, but we went down the wrong side street then a vendor was blocking the directional sign, so we wandered for about an hour. I don't mind getting lost though, the sights you see on the way are incredible. (Unless you are Connor...then you find it all utterly boring, apparently!)
Finally after wandering, then asking several other people speaking English, we found it! We were really worried about the lines; it was the Monday after Easter and the Accademia is usually closed on Mondays but was open for the holiday. Add in we were later getting there than we wanted to be and we had decided not to do the Firenze Pass...I was so nervous that I'd be so close to seeing it but still miss out. But we got there and there was no line. In fact, I wondered if we were in the right place. It was €6.50 per adult for admission to the museum and kids six and under were free. We went got our tickets and entered all within a matter of minutes. After first you don't see the David. It's a lot of Renaissance art that is truly amazing but with the kids, I didn't really get to read/look that much. Using Rick Steves book, I mapped the route to David and as we turned the corner BAM! there it was. No line, no fuss at all. Maybe 15-20 other people milling around but it wasn't even crowded.
Now, photography inside the Accademia is forbidden, so I'm not saying how I got these photos just that I did and I didn't get caught :)
After the Accademia, we made our way over to the Uffizi gallery. Amy really wanted to see Botticelli's Venus. The line for the Uffizi was extremely long. So long, that we opted to skip it. Instead we hung around the Piazza della Signoria, checked out the Fountain of Neptune, watched the street performers and the artists.