may might be bad, but i'm a little surprised by the hate for florence. it's one of the most beautiful cities i've been to ... and the art is amazing. i know it's a bit like admitting you love a carpenter's song, but seeing the David was really amazing ... you approach it through a long hall of partially formed sculptures, so it kind of emerges out of the rock. the light there is absolutely amazing as well. everyone looks beautiful. doubt that y ou'll be needing the help though.
the city itself is amazing, its just so full of tourists, I really felt overwhelmed by the tourists. also, the food is meh, compared to other parts of italy. while I really loved seeing some of the extraordinary art in Florence, I realy love walking around a nighborhood in an italian city and seeing a cool fountain or small peice of art, or sitting down to a nice neighborhood meal with real italians.