On our second day in Florence we began our sightseeing with a visit to the Academia Gallery. A light rainfall was coming down that morning but with our Firenze Cards we only had to wait a minute or two outside before we were able to get in. The Accademia Gallery, called the “Galleria dell’Accademia” in Italian, was founded in 1784 and holds a collection of paintings and sculptures that are mostly from Italy’s Medieval and Renaissance periods. It also sometimes hosts special exhibits, such as the one on Renaissance musical instruments that I saw when I was there. The main reason that people visit the Accademia Gallery, however, is that it holds the most famous statue in the world, Michelangelo’s David. This statue originally used to stand outside on Piazza della Signoria but in 1873 it was moved into the Accademia Gallery for preservation. David is located about halfway through the tour route of the Accademia Gallery and always has a crowd surrounding it. While on one hand this means you don’t have to go far to get to David, on the other hand it means that everything that comes after David is kind of a disappointment. Once you’ve seen David all the other sculptures look second-rate by comparison. In the hallway that leads up to David you can also check out four unfinished sculptures known as the Prisoners that are attributed to Michelangelo, though they may have actually been the work of his students.