No matter how many times you see it or from what angle, or distance, or at what time of day, the exterior of the Duomo itself is amazing. The sculptured doors look as though the figures are made of velvet in certain lights, the sculptured details around the outside walls can be examined for hours... you might need some refreshment in between gazing sessions and some kind of guide to their meaning might help if you have no idea of this kind of art. From the gold up high to the curves and lines of the pink and white stonework at eye level, you can stare at this for a long time, or often, before you ever go inside. You can't miss it, of course it's the centre of Florence. Allow time to look all around the outside; it will never disappoint you.
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