Visiting Florence just once can not be enough to see all masterpieces in the city.
But if for lack of time one should be forced to choose just one, no way the David by Michelangelo would be on the bucket list.
The beauty of this giant statue (5,16 mt!) known all over the world is the most famous symbol of Florence.
Realized by a very young Michelangelo, the original is now hedged in the Galleria dell'Accademia, while an accurate copy still guards the entrance of the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of the public life of the city.
Actually, the projected collocation for the masterpiece was high above the city: indeed the statue was supposed to be placed on one of the bastions of the Cathedral.
The idea was dropped not because of the challenge of hoist such an heavy marble, but because once completed the David resulted so stunning that everyone should had the chance to admire it.
So a special commission with the most influential personalities decided to positionate it eye level in Piazza della Signoria.
Vasari wrote about the artwork: 'one who sees this, it doesn’t have to take care to see another work of sculpture made in our time, or by any other maker'.
David represent the virtues of good governance of the Florentine Republic but a closer examination to its features reveals a deep human experience.
Even if the subject of David had already been addressed in the past by other important sculptors, no one has been able to let us perceive the concentration of the young man who is unable to meet the challenge of winning the giant Goliath.
The muscles contract and its focused straight glance let us see the shepard holding their breath to capture the maximum energy and always capture viewers in fatal tension of the moment.
And to continue to visit Florence under the influence of Michelangelo it is possible to stay in Via San Gallo.
Here legend has it still can found the magnificent garden ‘Orto de' Medici' where Lorenzo The Magnificent had established his school of sculpture and Michelangelo took his first steps.