Florence, the sites



Jeff and Sueann overlooking Florence
Jeff and Sueann overlooking Florence



Web photo of the Piazza Signoria
Web photo of the Piazza Signoria



The Palazzo Vecchio
The Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza Signoria



Palazzo Vecchio detail
Palazzo Vecchio detail



Hercules and Cacus
Hercules and Cacus



Ponte Vecchio
Ponte Vecchio



Interior of the Vasari Corridor
Web photo of the interior of the Vasari Corridor

In 1564 Cosimo Medici, Duke of Florence from 1537 to 1574, ordered the construction of a discrete passage from his residence, the Palazzo Pitti, across the river Arno to the Palazzo Vecchio. The Vasari Corridor crossed the Arno as a new top level of the Ponte Vecchio. You can see the Vasari Corridor in the previous photo, starting from the right front of the photo and extending across the top of the Ponte Vecchio.


The Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore
The Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore
The first stone of the Duomo was laid in 1296. The nave was completed in 1334 and the dome in 1418.



Duomo Dome
Web photo of the dome of the Duomo, designed and constructed by Filippo Brunelleschi (1377 - 1446)



The Bapistry in front of the Duomo
The Bapistry in front of the Duomo



The Campanile
The Campanile designed by the famous painter Giotto (Giotto di Bondone 12671337)
The tower is 277.9 feet high



Bapistry Bronze Door, The Gates of Paradise
Bapistry Bronze Door, The Gates of Paradise

The east doors of the Bapistry are bronze doors called "the Gates of Paradise". This name is attributed to Michelangelo who said "they are so magnificent they could adorn the gates of paradise."


Esau and Jacob
Web photo of the Gates of Paradise panel: Esau and Jacob
Look at the beauty of this panel and also notice the feeling of depth that it affords



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