Arezzo: Day 9

Arezzo: Day 9

My ninth day in the PCS Arezzo trip marked the second day trip to Florence, which entailed the Accademia, the gallery where Michelangelo’s David is housed. Walking into the Accademia, I was kind of surprised by not only how small the building seemed but also the extensive security to get into the gallery. I felt like I was going through a very thorough airport security to gain entrance to the Accademia, which I guess makes sense due to the fact that one of the most renowned sculptures in the history of the world sits inside this simple gallery. Leading up to the David were a series of sculptures that Michelangelo was commissioned to complete, yet all of them remained unfinished. The only sculpture in that group of commissioned work was the David, as Kirk told our group. It really surprised me how the David was simply at the end of the gallery hall. From my experience in the Louvre and the Uffizi, I had noticed that the most renowned pieces of art are almost never straight out in the open in a gallery, as in you have to make a few twists and turns to get to the exhibit. However, with the David, I took one right turn after security and there it was, in all its silent glamour and inquisitive stoicism. I recognized the moment that I saw the David as one of those special moments in which my jaw quite literally drops. To think that I would be looking at the most intricate and symbolic sculptures of all time one year ago, I would have called myself crazy. Moments like these make me even more grateful for this opportunity to learn, serve, and grow as a person.

Lunch was kind of disappointing this day, as my friends and I looked for a pizza place that some of the girls in our class went to, but they could not remember how to get there. Consequently, we stopped at some self-service cafeteria near the Piazza della Repubblica, which turned out to be extremely overpriced and not very good food at all. Jack spent around 25 euros for lunch, so that was pretty funny. After lunch, we returned to Arezzo and prepared for the biannual joust. This event was so intense and taken so seriously by everyone who took part in it. In my opinion, the joust was the best display of pure culture in Arezzo. The joust takes place between the distinct neighborhoods of Arezzo, and the fans of each neighborhood were no less than clinically insane every time their jouster stepped up to nail the target. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed being there for the atmosphere, as it was electric and authentically Italian. I was very fortunate to have been able to attend such a show of tradition.

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