Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Piazza del Duomo…

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As you walk the streets of Florence you can be surprised by this type of view

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where the Duomo looms up over you suddenly. Each time that happened I was struck by my original awe. The Piazza del Duomo contains the Basilica, the Baptistry of Saint John, and the Campanile di Giotta.

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The Baptistry is octagonal and was built between 1059 and 1128 making it one of the oldest buildings in the city.
Inside, a mosaic dome

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And mosaic marble floors

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The tomb of Anti pope John XXIII

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And I spy with my little eye a black and white checkerboard, I love this wall…

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And, of course, the doors

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And just where are the photos from inside the Duomo? As you get near the end of your stay you begin to realize how many sights you haven’t seen yet. The day we went to the Baptistry, we had already been to the Museum of the Medici Chapels, marbled paper with Gianni, seen the Museo l’Opera del Duomo and had our reservations at the Academia for 12:30. We thought we could fit the Duomo in before the reservation, but when we got to the Duomo the line looked so long we didn’t think we would have much time inside even if we got to the front of it. So we implemented Plan B.

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Repair to a nearby cafe and sip a cappuccino or hot chocolate and rest your weary feet and knees. The hot chocolate is quite something…and I know someday we will return to see all the things we missed…

Author: loisreynoldsmead

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2 thoughts on “Piazza del Duomo…

  1. I love your photos! Florence is so beautiful.

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