Piazza del Duomo│Florence, Italy. Piazza del Duomo (in English “Cathedral Square”) is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence, in the Tuscan region of Italy. It is one of the most visited places in Europe and the world. The Cathedral Square consists of the Florence Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, the Loggia del Bigallo, the Opera del Duomo Museum, and the Arcivescovile and Canonici’s palace. The west zone of this square is called San Giovanni square.
“Florence’s cathedral stands tall over the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. It is the largest building in medieval Europe, and is the fourth church of Europe by size, its length is 153 meters and its height is 116 meters. The cathedral is named in honor of Santa Maria del Fiore is a vast Gothic structure built on the site of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata. Giotto’s Bell Tower stands adjacent the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Baptistery of St. John, the tower is one of the showpieces of the Florentine Gothic architecture with its design by Giotto, its rich sculptural decorations and the polychrome marble encrustations. The octagonal Baptistery stands across from the Duomo cathedral and the Giotto bell tower (Campanile di Giotto). It is one of the oldest buildings in the city, built between 1059 and 1128. The architecture is in Florentine Romanesque style.” – Source of information
Image below by– 360° view between Baptisterium and Cathedral
This was one of the first major sights that we saw in Florence, and I have to admit that as we exited a side street and looked up at the cathedral, I literally stopped dead in my tracks. There are not too many times in my life when a building has “wow-ed” me to the point of speechlessness, but this cathedral did just that. Perhaps I didn’t expect the sheer magnitude of it, maybe it was the color of it… or it might just be THAT amazing. I’m not sure what it was, but stepping into Piazza del Duomo momentarily took my breath away!
Imagine walking along this very side street…
With walls so high on either side that the street below is somewhat dark. All you can see is light ahead, but that is all.
And then you step out of the side street, and look up at this…
The LARGEST BUILDING in medieval Europe! Unfortunately our pictures doesn’t quite sum up the awe of this Cathedral, but trust me. It was pretty darn amazing!
The Piazza del Duomo│Florence, Italy – definitely a sight worth seeing!