This dreamy, picturesque town of Florence will completely entrance you. It has a small town feel and is very charming in its architecture. Today, I will take you inside Florence’s Cathedral. It is the third largest Cathedral in Europe. Yes, its size is the first thing you will notice as you walk into the Square. Immense is an understatement. You just can’t capture it all in one shot.
Look at that spectacular architecture. The exterior is done in white, red and green marble; you can’t have enough of gazing at it. The entry to the Cathedral is free of cost. You can expect long lines and a lot of people at all times. But the lines move on quickly.
There is, however, a fee to be paid if you climb to the top of the Duomo (Dome) to get an amazing view of the Florence city.
The Dome is designed in the Renaissance style and the baptistry is right across. The Dome is a sturdy structure that can withstand earthquakes, lightning and, of course, the passage of time.
This Cathedral stands tall over the city of Florence. It is dedicated to the Santa Maria del Fiore, the Virgin of the Flower. It was completed in the 15th century.
The inside is relatively simple but the walls and the ceilings have beautiful paintings. Don’t forget to gaze at the stunning mosaic pavements.
This is not only a mesmerizing monument but it has something very calm and peaceful about it. So much so that the husband and I went back sans the kids to admire its beauty once more.
The Square is always buzzing with activity. You can also do some shopping especially pick up leather goods that Italy is well-known for. I bought some pure leather purses sold by a Bangaldeshi who was fluent in Hindi and very happy to see us.
Florence is the crown jewel of Tuscany. A bit chaotic in terms of traffic but nothing compared to back home in India. Much more than Rome, it was Florence that stole my heart with its elfin charm. Of course, there are the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries where you can marvel at the real statue of David in marble. You can see many of its imitations all over the Square. And, yes, we did make the trip to the beautiful wineries of Tuscany. That will come up in the next post.
Hope you enjoyed this journey.