Are you getting bored with this? We are certainly not – however after the long day yesterday a slightly slower pace was in order!
We had a trip planned this morning to visit Il Duomo di Firenze.
The following is a modified summary of wikipedia’s description of this Cathedral.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower is the main church of Florence, Italy. Normally called Il Duomo di Firenze, construction commenced in 1296 and finished structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The exterior of the Basilica is faced with marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century façade.
The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo. These buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historic centre of Florence. The basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches, and until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.
The cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence.
We had another wonderful tour guide, Elena, who showed us around the Cathedral and took us up to the terrace level to see the view (pictures to follow – note the internal photos aren’t great. You can’t use a flash and the cathedral is not well lit). Norm and I opted not to climb all 400+ stairs to the top – the 100+ steps to the terrance were enough for me!
After that part of the tour we went underground to look at how the structure was built and see some of the original stonework used on the floors and the foundation work for the building.
By the time we finished up here it was time for lunch. After lunch we decided to split up – Norm had a couple of things to do and I wanted to check out some shops. So I went for a stroll around the some areas we hadn’t visited and some we had. After a few hours I returned back to the Hotel after having found a little restaurant for dinner. After dinner we strolled back through the piazza near the hotel, and listened to some operatic performances as well as some more popular music.
Tomorrow we travel to Positano and will be there for 5 nights.
See you tomorrow. Wendy