Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Cathedral, Campanile and Baptistry

Central Europe last part; 5-days solo wandering in Italy
October 28 to November 02, 2013

Florence city tour 2nd part; strolling the Vecchio Palace 

Santa Maria Cathedral opens daily from 1000H to 1700H, admission free but the viewing deck at the Dome costs 10 Euro inclusive of entrance to the Campanile and Baptistry for a 2-days usage.

Il Dumo - Florence Cathedral is an iconic architecture symbol of Florence, truly a sight to behold. This church is also called "The Gargantuan Gothic Structure". The official name is Cathedral of Santa Maria del Flore and work began on it at the end of the 13th Century by none other than Arnolfo di Cambio (this guy really don't sleep). The famous dome was added in the 15th Century by Brunelleschi. Part of the utter magnificence is the architectural innovation employed to thrust the dome into the Tuscan sky.

Giotto's Bell Tower was the Santa Maria del Fiore Campanile begun by Giotto in 1334 and has 414 steps to the top, opens 0900H-1730H.

Baptistery of St. John or Battistero San Giovanni is open at 0900H-1730H. Its not just a name you know, of course the main attraction is the huge Bronze doors aka The Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti. It took him 21 years to finish There are other stunning works on the outside to walk around but the inside is literally breathtaking in its opalescence.

Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Cathedral

Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Cathedral

Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Cathedral

Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Cathedral

Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Cathedral viewed at Campanile

Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Cathedral and Campanile at night

Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Cathedral stair going to Dome

Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Cathedral Dome view from above

Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Baptistry

Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Baptistry

Florence city tour 3rd part; Sta. Maria Baptistry


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much of thanks for visiting the viewing deck ^_^

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