Cupola del Brunelleschi
When Michelangelo went to work on St Peter's in Rome, he reportedly said: 'I go to build a greater dome, but not a fairer one'. One of...
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
Dominating the Florence skyline is the russet-domed Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore , with its furiously pretty façade in pink,...
Battistero di San Giovanni
This 11th-century baptistry is a Romanesque, octagonal striped structure of white and green marble with three sets of doors conceived as...
With its old stone vaults, scrubbed wooden tables and refreshingly modern air, this enoteca run by the dynamic and charismatic Nicolas...
Rain, hail or shine, queues run halfway down the street at this sweet address; many ingredients organic. Tasty hot chocolate and...
Piazza del Duomo · interesting places nearby
The 414-step climb up the cathedral's 85m-tall campanile, begun by Giotto in 1334, rewards with a staggering city panorama. The first tier of bas-reliefs around the base of its elaborate Gothic facade are copies of those carved by Pisano depicting the Creation of Man and the attività umane (arts and industries). Those on the second tier depict the planets, the cardinal virtues, the arts and the seven sacraments. The sculpted Prophets and Sibyls in the upper-storey niches are copies of works by Donatello and others.