The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Flora in Florence. I hadn’t realized it was faced with slabs of green and pink marble!
20 euros to walk up the 463 stone steps in Brunelleschi’s dome (duomo).
I bought a book, Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King, to read later, detailing his ingenious engineering; check it out on Wikipedia, which has a great account.
The fresco, painted in the 1500s, depicts the Last Judgment and includes themes from Dante’s Divine Comedy, with sinners at the bottom going through the agonies of purgatory, which, according to Catholic dogma is necessary to enter heaven. Well, whatever…
About Lloyd Kahn
started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog
with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter
, Shelter II
(1978), Home Work
(2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast
(2008), Tiny Homes
(2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move
(2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:
Awesome photographs. Great Architecture. When I visited Florence 40 years ago, the walk to the top of the tower was still free. Since then, millions of visitors from all over the world have seen the Florence Cathedral, which is truly a masterpiece of architecture. Of course, it takes money to maintain and preserve this building. Seeing Michelangelo’s David in the original is also worth the trip. Florence also impresses with its wealth of architecture and museums. The walls of the Belvedere with its park, Palazzo Pitti, the Uffizi with its important collection of paintings and, of course, the bridge of shops over the Arno River, etc. are just a few examples.
Also very worthwhile is a visit to Siena, which is not very far from Florence.
From a culinary point of view, you are in good hands in Florence. Among other things, I have never seen so many different types of delicious pizza in bakeries. I think you can spend weeks in Florence alone without getting bored.
Have a nice stay in Italy!