The famous Duomo cathedral marks the historical center of Florence and is probably the most well known of the city's architectural monuments. The multicolored exterior is a bit too gaudy for my tastes, and the interior has been stripped of all the altars and relevant artwork (most of this is now in the nearby Duomo Museum which you shouldn't miss) giving it a rather bare atmosphere. The real star is Brunelleschi's Dome. I was dreading the 463-step climb up inside the dome to the roof, but the view of Florence was well worth it. Architectural-engineering fans will groove on Brunelleschi's clever solution to spanning the vast 140-foot wide transept with dome inside a dome.
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