Florence continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy and Michelangelo’s David the masterpiece everyone wants to see. This is not new. The gigantic scale of the statue has been a source of wonder since Florentines first saw it in 1504. Indeed its size presented severe problems. How could they transport it from the Office of Works in Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo (Cathedral) to the Piazza della Signoria? Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), writer, artist, architect of the Uffizi Gallery and a friend of Michaelangelo’s (1475-1564) tells us how the problem was resolved. In his important book Lives of the Artists (1550) he describes how Giuliano de Sangallo and his brother solved the problem. They “constructed a very strong wooden framework and suspended the statue from it with ropes so that when it moved it would sway gently without being broken; then they drew it along by means of winches over planks laid on the ground, and put it in place.” That place was directly outside the seat of government at the Palazzo Vecchio where it functioned as a symbol of good governance. It symbolised that those who ruled Florence should follow the example of David who had protected his people against the might of Goliath with valour, and governed them with justice.