We had a good look inside the cathedral, the crypt, the Baptistry and the large museum. Thankfully the dome walk (464 steps) was booked out. Surprisingly, the inside was the least decorated of any of the large cathedrals we have visited. I don't recall the why of it. Also it looked much smaller inside than it appears outside. After it was finished in the 1400s Medici decided he didn't like the gothic facade. This was removed back to the base brickwork, but for one reason or another the new facade wasn't built until the late 19th century.
Lucca May 24th 2017 Geo: 43.8396, 10.5072We caught an early local train for a 80min ride to the small town of Lucca, notable for its intact 16th century city wall. We walked around the pretty town for a couple of hours, then returned to Florence.We weakened and decided to book a private guide for a Duomo tour in the afternoon - figuring we can't come to Florence without checking out the major attraction!To ... 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