Florence and it’s Duomo

We arrived in Florence pretty late at night on December 19, 2012. From Santa Maria Novella Train Station we took a bus to our hostel. Hostel 7 Santi was a little further out from the city center than I had wanted but it was still a fairly nice hostel! Julie had a bed in a dorm room and Curtis and I had a bed in a private room with an ensuite bathroom. Much like our room in Rome the “ensuite bathroom” is this funny little canvas walled box in the room with a toilet, sink, and shower inside. But, hey, it worked for us!

Across the street from the hostel was a Caffé which was really nice, we stopped there I think every morning.

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After a nice cappuccino we took the bus to the city center. The Duomo is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! The detail on the outside – colored pieces of marble – is so beautiful.

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Not only is the Duomo itself incredible, the Piazza around it is like a dream world. We were here at Christmas time as well so the charm was top level.

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Inside the Duomo is such a contrast to the outside. After seeing St. Peter’s in Rome we had certain expections – basically we expected all out high frills – but the Duomo of Florence has it’s own beauty. I loved the inside of the Duomo, after Notre Dame I would say the interior of the Duomo was my favorite of all the churches we saw in Europe.

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And the best part…

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We climbed to the cupola on top of this huge dome! It was an incredible experience and the views of Florence from the top were so beautiful. I will show you in the next post 😉

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