Madonna visits art gallery in Florence with Brahim

She might be a fitness freak, but it seems Madonna will use any excuse to cuddle up to her toyboy boyfriend.

The 53-year-old singer appeared to have told her 24-year-old beau that she was too tired to walk, giving him the opportunity to offer her a piggyback to help her around Florence.

The pair larked around as the took in the local sights of the Italian city, after Madonna's concert there on Saturday night.

As well as visiting the Uffizi gallery, the couple also popped to the Renaissance palace Palazzo Pitti.

Madonna splashed out £15,000 for an out of hours tour of the Uffizi and the singer's son Rocco joined his mother and her boyfriend.

For almost two hours the group were given a private tour complete with commentary in English of some of the word's most famous Renaissance works of art housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Among the exhibits are works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Giotto and Titan as well as Sandro Botticelli's famous masterpiece the Birth of Venus.

Museum chief Cristina Acidini said: 'Madonna was very interested in all the works in the museum and we were able to offer her and her party an after hours tour which lasted about two hours.

'There is a fee for this but it's something we don't really discuss but the price does include all the services of the staff who have to stay behind and who were able to offer commentary on the exhibits.

She was particularly taken by Botticelli's Birth of Venus and spent several minutes in front of the work asking questions and wanting to know all about it.

'I got the impression she was very interested to hear all about pagan and sacred mythology and she wanted to know all about the philosophy of the works that we have in the Uffizi.'

Madonna is enjoying some downtime before jetting off to Spain and the next stop on the 2012 MDNA Tour in Barcelona where she takes the stage on Wednesday and Thursday.

Her behaviour on the tour has sparked some harsh criticism after she exposed her right breast in Istanbul, capital of Muslim Turkey, and pulled down her trousers on stage showing the audience her thong in Rome a week later.

It has been revealed that Madonna has some outrageous demands for herself and her 200 strong entourage during her tour.

The list includes 20 international phone lines, for her to keep in touch with her family, space for her own portable dryer and roses and lilies in all rooms with their stems cut at exactly six inches.


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