I believe that Florence has become my favorite city on Earth, and I’m sad to be leaving it so soon. I mostly spent my last day relaxing, since our only planned activity was a tour of the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelangelo’s famous sculpture David. Even though this was an artistic excursion, the sculpture itswlf represents a larger political sentiment that was present in Florence at the time of its creation, namely the metaphor of Florence as David and the larger forces of Rome as Goliath.
I believe that this sentiment of Florence as an underdog-type figure is manifested in some of the other features of our time in Florence. For instance, the Florentine leather school stands in opposition to the giants of fast fashion and mass production in general, like David stood against Goliath. This type of struggle is also present at Gucci. The underdog struggle that David represents is visible in both of these business models involving luxury goods setting themselves apart by quality and not quantity, and I found that attitude interesting and I was fascinated by its presence in David.
I was also able to explore more of Florence on my last day. For the first time I was able to watch the sun set over the canal at dinner, and to see boats racing in the water. It was a fantastic end to my time in Florence and I look forward to exploring Verona.