His bare front bits have caused winces and winks since 1504. The Americans whacked a fig leaf on their David copy for a while. Oglers snicker at their size. Scholars silence any critics, regaling David as a perfect study of anatomy. Michelangelo, who may or may not have had an autistic's genius for detail, created a David just about to battle Goliath. The dilated nostrils, the contracted forehead, and, yes, even his front bits are anatomically correct for pre-fight tension. Blame it on shrinkage and marvel at David's awesome 17 feet high (5.17 metres) presence inside Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence.
Four Seasons Hotel, Florence. Mood up for Michelangelo with the 15th century artoworks and the ceiling frescoes in the thrillingly opulent Royal Suite or a Gallery Suite.