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A sculptor, painter, architect, and a poet, Florentine native son Michelangelo was a consummate genius, and some of his finest creations remain in his hometown. A key to understanding Michelangelo's genius can be found in the magnificent Cappelle Medicee, where both his sculptural and architectural prowess can clearly be seen. Planned frescoes were never completed—sadly so, for they would have shown in one space the artistic triple threat that he certainly was. The towering yet graceful David, his most famous work, resides in the Galleria dell'Accademia.

After visiting San Lorenzo, resist the temptation to explore the market that surrounds the church. You can always come back later, after the churches and museums have closed; the market is open until 7 pm. Note that the Museo di San Marco closes at 1:50 on weekdays.