The Cathedral of St Mary of the Flower complex comprises three buildings as shown here. The Baptistry in front, the Campanile (bell tower) and the Cathedral with its dome in between. The cathedral's construction took 140 years, starting in 1296. It replaced a 5th century church that was crumbling with age. The Baptistry is 200 years older. The Campanile was built in the mid-1300s: despite the 1348 Black Death catastrophe.
Florence compilation May 23rd 2017 Geo: 43.7755, 11.2538On Monday we walked around the city and visited the Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace. The gardens weren't so great - large areas of lawns and discrete areas bordered by hedges, with paths throughout. The city views at the highest point were partly obscured by trees.Thanks Whitehouse's for the suggestion: in the evening we went to a performance of selected ... read more
Europe » Italy Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI establis... ... read more