Florence Cathedral

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  • Day212

    A Taste of Florence

    June 28, 2016 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 70 °F

    Hi everyone! Today we decided to be adventurous and spend the day in Florence, only about 55 miles from Bologna. An easy 90 minute trip when your bus is on time (ours wasn't, but we're used to that by now), going to Florence feels like taking a step back in time. So much of the early renaissance mastery in art, architecture, and literature that the Medici family sponsored in the city is still extant; our tour through the Uffizi gallery (formerly a state palace/showroom for the family, and one of the world's largest museum collections) was one awe-inspiring piece after another, from endless halls of Roman-era sculpture to entire rooms of Michelangelo, a da Vinci collection, a wide array of medieval Christian and early Gothic art... even the ceiling friezes were a celebration of knowledge, with portraits of great thinkers in politics, academia, science, and arts. Plus, the pedestrian organized chaos of the Ponte Vecchio is right behind the gallery.

    Sadly, we didn't really get to enjoy the culinary delights of Florence, as the only thing we ate was takeout pizza while waiting in line at the Duomo. It wasn't like Dominos or anything though - still a big step up from what you are probably imagining. The on-the-run lunch was worth it, though - it gave us the time to explore. The interior of the famous church is spectacular, and late in the day we climbed to the top of the 20-story medieval bell tower for a cool breeze and panoramic view of Florence. Check out the pics!
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  • Day7

    Day 7: The Duomo, Florence

    October 15, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 17 °C

    On day 5 we already seen the outsides of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and did a walk through the centre over Ponte Vecchio, through the Boboli gardens and up the hill to see the sun set from Piazza Michelangelo. On day 6 we enjoyed a few more outdoors and did the museum at the Duomo and went in theTower. From 15:00 onwards we did the wine tour untill we came back 5 hours later. So today we had to finish it off with seeing the insides of the Duomo. So we did wait in the qeue but this time the qeue was a bit longer with the important differenc that the Duomo would open in 20 minutes. So after 20 minutes almost the whole qeue went inside and we could enjoy the beautifull cathedral. After this we had a nice lunch near the accomodation and got the car back with everything inside and all in tact :-D. We could continue our road trip to.... PisaRead more

  • Day10

    Duomo of Florence

    November 10, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    We had been to the Florence Duomo (cathedral) on a previous trip, but I had failed to get an adequate picture of Ghiberti's self-portrait in the doors of the Baptistry. This time I made sure that I got a good one. In 1334 the Florentine Signory approved the design by Giotto of the campanile tower. It is distinguished not by its square shape (which Giotto had hoped to top with a spire), but in the lovely Gothic tracery windows, the reliefs, and in the colored, carved lower panels in marble, carved by Giotto. After his death, the work was carried on by Pisano, Donatello, and Francesco Talenti, to whom the tower owes its crowning glory of the highest arcade with its single Gothic window. There is a story about Brunelleschi's selection to design and construct the tower. He was one of many candidates who interviewed for the job. He told him he would top the tower with a dome, the largest to be built since the Romans built the Pantheon. They asked him how he would do it. He refused to tell them on the grounds that once he explained it, every other architect would copy the idea and claim it as his own. They persisted. Finally he said, "If you can tell me how to stand an egg on its end, then I will tell you how I plan to build the dome." After three weeks of trying to stand an egg on its end, they relented and asked Brunelleschi back for an interview. "We cannot figure out how to stand an egg on end. How would you do it?" "Simple," he said. He took a hard-boiled egg, tapped the end slightly, then set it up on end." "Oh, that's easy," they responeded. "You didn't figure it out," he told them. "We could have done so," they said. He answered, "Similarly, once I build the dome, everyone else will say that they could have done it." They gave him the job, and he built the dome.Read more

  • Day10

    The Piazza of Il Castello Vecchio

    November 10, 2014 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 59 °F

    Il Castello Vecchio, the "Old Castle," was the home of Lorenzo di Medici, and thus it became the de facto capital of the Florentine Republic. It was used as the center of government long after Lorenzo the Magnificent built for himself a more modest dwelling (at least from the outside) a few blocks away. The plaza in front of the building holds many statues made by renaissance artists. Some are copies of classical models, such as "The Dying Gaul," and the "Rape of the Sabine Women." It was raining hard the day we arrived, so we took shelter under the roof of the gallery.Read more

  • Day1

    Palazzo Gamba, Florence, Italy

    May 18, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Tuesday, May 30 - Sunday, June 4, 2017
    Apartment at Palazzo Gamba

    What a great location. We can almost reach out and touch the Duomo and the Baptistry. We can hear live violin and cello music every evening. The sunrises and sunsets are amazing! There are people everywhere! We have left the windows opemed

    Conveniently located on the main square of Florence’s historical centre, Piazza del Duomo, Palazzo Gamba apartment building is about 40 feet from the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, a wonderful 5 minutes walk from the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio and all the major attractions in Florence downtown.

    Positives: Location, location, location. It couldn’t be beat. In several minutes you could be at the Ponte Vecchio, The Uffizi, Accademia, Boboli Gardens, Piazza della Signora, The Pitti Palace, or just strolling along the Arno.

    You will find yourself in the liveliest area of Florence, surrounded by a maze of noble palaces and narrow streets that preserve the quiet atmosphere of a small-town and a unique flowering of artistic masterpieces and romantic sceneries. The start of the pedestrian zone of Florence historical centre is just across the street; this means you will never need cabs or buses to fully experience the most romantic restaurants and wine bars of the city, stylish boutiques, clubs and magnificent squares that stage Florence’s traditional events. If you like to return to the room during the day for a little rest breaks, the central location of Palazzo Gamba will allow it without stresses.
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  • Day7


    June 11, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the main church of Florence, Italy. Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style.

    Construction started: September 9, 1296
    Height: 114 m

  • Day3

    Kathedrale Santa Maria del Fiore I

    June 5, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Dann hieß es erst einmal Schlange stehen! Erst einmal mussten wir die richtige Schlange suchen da es auch noch eine für die Kuppel und für den Glockentum gab. Wir wollten aber beides nicht besteigen aufgrund der langen Schlange, des Wetters und des nicht vorhandenen Fahrstuhls.

    Beim Schlange stehen waren viele Tuchverkäufer unterwegs denn in die Kirche kam man nur verhüllte, also keine Miniröcke oder nackige Schultern.Read more

  • Day3

    Kathedrale Santa Maria del Fiore II

    June 5, 2015 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Dann waren endlich in der Kathedrale. Ich muss sagen, von aussen fand ich ihn deutlich beeindruckender als von innen. Die Kuppel und die Höhe waren schon beeindruckend, aber das Interieur war mir etwas zu nüchtern.

    Die Kathedrale Santa Maria del Fiore (italienisch Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) in Florenz ist die Bischofskirche des Erzbistums Florenz und somit Metropolitankirche der Kirchenprovinz Florenz. Ihre gewaltige weltbekannte Kuppel, das Hauptwerk Brunelleschis, gilt als technische Meisterleistung der frühen Renaissance.
    Der Florentiner Dom ist, bezogen auf die Länge des Längsschiffs, nach dem Petersdom im Vatikan, St Paul’s Cathedral in London und dem Mailänder Dom die viertgrößte Kirche in Europa (nach der bebauten Fläche rangiert allerdings noch die Kathedrale von Sevilla in Spanien an dritter Stelle). Seine Abmessungen betragen 153 Meter in der Länge und 38 in der Breite, während das Fundament der Kuppel 90 Meter breit ist. Die Gewölbehöhe der beiden Seitenschiffe bemisst sich auf 23 Meter, diejenige des Mittelschiffs ist um etwa ein Dutzend Meter höher. Im Inneren der Kuppel beträgt die lichte Höhe vom Boden bis zur Spitze 90 Meter. Außen ist sie mit Laterne mehr als 114 Meter hoch.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Kathedrale von Florenz, Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore

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