The cathedral is the third largest in Italy and it is also remarkable for the size and construction of its dome. The dome starts 52m above the floor and spans 44m. It was built of brick, without scaffolding, and it is still the biggest masonry dome in the world. We had church fatigue and were unwilling to pay the entrance fee to take a two-minute spin around the interior.
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