Florence is not a very big city but that didn’t stop the people of Florence (Firenze) to build one of the biggest churches in the world. The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the Cathedral or Duomo of Florence and another example of a European church that took generations to complete. The baptistery is the building to the left with the main church and bell tower in the background. The detail of the masonry is just unbelievable and is equally striking in daylight and as seen here bathed in artificial lights at night. What a perfect spot to stop and have a coffee or dinner under the heated white tent of that restaurant. This way you could feast on your meal as well as the visuals of the Duomo. It’s worth taking the time to walk around the complex of buildings that make up the Duomo and make sure to look out for all the different reliefs and statues as well as the use of green, pink and red marble.
It may not look like it but it was a very cold night when I shot this, perhaps that’s why there were no brave souls in that tent, heated or not. Since I tend to walk everywhere I want to get to when I travel, I stay rather warm as a rule. It’s when I stop to take a series of photos that I really start to feel cold and that night was nasty cold, even for a Canadian. So it was no fun getting back to the hotel to find out that the heating was not working. I was lucky enough to be one of the people at the hotel to get a space heater and that coupled with a tasty pizza from the restaurant next door and a nice bottle of Chianti made me forget about the cold. Actually I forgot about pretty much everything that night. Mmmm Italian food and wine!
More photos of the Duomo are coming soon to the blog including some rather cool shots taken on a snowy day from the top of the dome. Ciao!
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