"Florence, 1994" Florence by travelmad478
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My first, and only, trip to Italy took me to Florence and Pisa in the spring of 1994. Having studied architecture at university, I was in heaven walking around this city. Everywhere you turn, you find yourself looking at a masterpiece of design. Frequently, a single building constructed over many centuries will incorporate styles from the medieval to the Baroque. And don't get me started on the art!
Florence is easy to navigate on foot, and a good map is all you'll need to find your way around. Bring the best guidebook you can find, because there are historical, artistic, and cultural gems on every streetcorner of this city--you'll want to read up on them.
Florence's architecture is its best-known feature. The main photo here depicts a detail of the dome (Duomo) of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, designed by Brunelleschi and completed in 1436. To me, the Duomo <b>is</b> Florence. This masterpiece, 114 meters high, was one of the earliest examples of a self-supporting dome and is a marvel of engineering. The cathedral itself was begun in 1296 and took 140 years to construct
There are dozens of other examples of gorgeous design--often in religious architecture, but seen in plenty of secular buildings as well--all over Florence. I've included just a few on these pages.
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