Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
An architectural masterpiece and the pride of the Florentine skyline, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is situated in Florence in Italy. It literally translates to “Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower” in English. But it is popularly known as The Duomo by the locals. The Cathedral is known for its rich history and architectural marvels. Built in over 150 years, between 1296 and 1436, the building is a blend of different architectural styles that were prevalent in the different eras making it more intriguing than ever. Such a changing face of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is evidence of how the architectural taste of people changed with time. Also, the Duomo is more than 152 meters long and 90 meters wide, making it the third largest cathedral in the world. The Cathedral is one of the most magnificent works of art and is the most famous tourist attraction in Florence. It holds utmost importance when it comes to witnessing intricate artistry. It is an experience that any visitor wouldn’t want to miss. The cathedral’s exterior is made with a mix of pink and green marble and bordered by marble which is a delightful sight to stop and look at. The cathedral complex, in the main square of Florence, Piazza del Duomo, includes Giotto’s Campanile and the Baptistery and all these three buildings have been recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are a treasure trove of history, faith and art.
Battistero di San Giovanni
Battistero di San Giovanni is one of the oldest churches in Florence. It is octagonal in shape and entirely covered in white and green marble. Considered as one of the most beautiful places to visit in Florence, the Battistero di San Giovanni is part of the Piazza del Duomo and there is a dome in the centre that is divided into eight segments. The most unique part of the Baptistry is the interior of the dome that is done up in Byzantine mosaic. Here, you will also find the tomb of the Antipope John XXIII. The structure has 3 doors and the most important one is the Gate of Paradise which were sculpted by a 22 year old artist Lorenzo Ghiberti.
Location: Piazza Del Duomo, Piazza San Giovanni, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Timings: - Monday to Friday: 8:15 am to 10:15 am, 11:15 am to 7:30 pm
- Saturday: 8:15 am to 6:30 pm- Sunday and first Saturday of each month: 8:15 am to 1:30 pmEntry Fee: - Adults: 18 Euros- Children (between 6 and 11): 3 Euros- Children under 6: Free
Piazzale Michelangelo is a 19th-century terrace perched atop a hill, overlooking the “cradle of Renaissance”-Florence. A trip to Florence will be incomplete if you do not catch a glimpse of the magnificent skyline from this square! Built on a hill to the left of the mighty Arno River, this is a beautiful plaza that was created by celebrated Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi. The square houses near-perfect bronze copies of Michelangelo’s David, found in the Florence Art Gallery. It is also known for its impressive design and spell-binding architecture that lures the visitors to gasp into the ethereal beauty of this place. The view from the square at sunset is breathtaking, and thousands of tourists flock to this place to enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the city of Florence. Besides, the piazza is a restaurant where you can have some of the most delicious alfresco meals. No matter whether it's day or night, Piazzale Michelangelo offers a postcard-worthy view of the city of Florence whenever you’re here.
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