Aug. 11, 2012
FLORENCE - After a relaxing final day in Rome, the Purdue men's basketball team loaded its buses this morning and made the four-hour drive Florence, the captial city of the region of Tuscany.
The group arrived at the Grand Hotel Baglioni before check-in time, so everyone stashed their bags in a room and split up to find some lunch.
After about 45 minutes, the group reconvened in the hotel lobby to set out for the Accademia Gallery. The main attraction of the gallery was definitely Michelangelo's original statue of David. There was a strict no-photo policy, but the team was given an in-depth explanation of the origins and meanings of the statue from its local guide.
Next, the entire group took to the streets. The guide took the Boilermakers to the famous cathedral in the city center, which features the famous Duomo. The group also made its way through a large piazza in the city center and given an explantion of the various statues and buildings.
Upon returning to the hotel late in the afternoon and checking in, the team was given free time for the remainder of the evening. Mostly everyone headed to their rooms for a shower and some relaxation before heading out in search of dinner.
On Sunday, the Boilermakers will venture about an hour away to Pisa, where they will tour the Leaning Tower. The team also returns to competition tomorrow evening, when it takes on Atletas Kaunas at 7:30 p.m local time (1:30 p.m. ET) in Montecatini.