Piazza del Duomo

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The true heart of florence is Piazza del Duomo, home to the the Duomo, Baptistery, and many other historic places in florence like Loggia del Bigallo, Opera del Duomo Museum and the Arcivescovile and Canonici’s palace. Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  Designed by Arnolfo Di Cambio the building was started in 1296. Construction took over 170 years and finally, the architectural beauty was completed in 1496. The most famous and visited part of Piazza del Duomo is the Cupola, completed by Brunelleschi. In addition to it’s bell, cross and lantern, the dome is decorated in 4 million bricks. Up top, the dome provides a 360 degree view of the city in Florence, that is – if you can make it up the 463 steps needed to get up. Likewise, Giotto’s bell tower is decorated to match the Duomo and Cupola while also decorated in statues of prophets, patriarchs and pagans. The tower is 3 stories, with 414 steps, and provides other breathtaking views of the city. This piazza is visited daily by tourists and locals because of the enormous and captivating architectural complexity of these historical landmarks.

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