Day 4: Florence
Our final day in Florence was packed with museum visits — much more than I would attempt on a normal day, but when else will you have the chance to see so many famous works at once? We started at the Uffizi Gallery, a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures, and tapestries from medieval times to present. The line to get in looked to be at least an hour long, so get your tickets ahead of time, and give yourself at least a couple of hours to tour this vast museum.
From there, we moved on to the Medici Chapels to view the architectural work and sculptures made by Michelangelo for the Medici family. For my husband, an art history buff, this was pretty high on his list. This was not as crowded and we were able to purchase tickets upon entry, but you can prepurchase tickets as well.
Our last stop of the day was Galleria dell'Accademia, best known as the home of Michelangelo's "David." I was surprised by how moving it was to see such an important work in person; something that you've seen and read about for years, but never actually imagined seeing in person. It was pretty incredible. Long lines await here, too, so book your entry time in advance.