I hope you enjoyed my post yesterday about Florence. My favorite thing about Florence is The Duomo so I had to devote an entire post to it. It is just too beautiful not to share a million photos!
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore or more commonly known as Il Duomo di Firenze has always been my favorite cathedral in Europe. It is so beautiful and unique and I just love all the colors in it. After seeing it again it remains my favorite!
The Duomo is the 3rd largest church in the world (after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London). Construction was started in 1296 and completed in 1436 (it took a really long time to make something this beautiful)!
Stacy and I waited in line to climb the 436 steps to the top of the dome. Yes that is 436! It is narrow and many of the stairs are in a spiral fashion. . . in other words not only are you exhausted but you are dizzy! Stacy and I both realized how out of shape we are while climbing the stairs.
The Palazzo Pitti or Pitti Palace is the large building in the above photo. We stayed just a couple minute walk from here and it was a great location! It once was a family's palace but now is a museum. We didn't go in but enjoyed eating dinner at an outdoor restaurant across from it one night.
If you look at the photo of the dome on the left toward the bottom of the photo there is a gray looking line/ledge. . . that is what we walked along when we got to the top prior to going outside!
I felt like the whole time I was in Italy there were reminders of my grandfather. Whether it was references to WWII or just being in churches. . . I felt him often. I lit a candle for him while in The Duomo. . .