Italians, especially the young, like to parade themselves but not here. Here it is the spectacle of the tourist theatre. Find (difficult one this) a bench or spot in the shade to stop and eat your panini or drink your water and enjoy the passing parade, the theatre of life on the move in one of the world's most iconic spaces. In front of you the Gates of Paradise (Michelangelo's verdict on Ghiberti's doors of the Baptistery), and the wonderful Doumo with its stunning dome designed and executed by Brunelleschi. If you are interested you might have picked up Ross King’s slim but excellent volume tells you in detail how Mr Brunelleschi did it in magnificent style and economy and you can ponder on how great these Renaissance men truly were; Filippo Brunelleschi scientist, mathematician, engineer and artist.
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