FLORENCE IN BRIEF
Florence is the intellectual and artistic center of the country known to millions as the “Cradle of the Renaissance”. The city is an exquisite treasure chest of paintings, sculptures and terracotta-domed buildings, a tribute to artists like da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo from a glorious golden age three centuries long.
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It was created by Arnolfo di Cambio, and subsequently it was crowned with Brunelleschi’s famous dome. His dome is a majestic structure from the top of which you will get a wonderful panoramic view of the city, and also of the interior of the cathedral. The cathedral mixes Romanesque and Gothic elements, while the imposing dome by Brunelleschi is a typical product of the Renaissance period.
The cathedral’ facade is covered with white, green and pink Tuscan marble. Designed by Giotto it was completed by Pisano. The three apses, crowned by smaller copies of the dome, have five chapels each.