Florence was one of my favorite stops in Italy. The gothic-style cathedral here is absolutely breathtaking, and the views from Brunelleschi’s dome are just as beautiful.
The facade of the cathedral is actually fairly modern. It was left bare until the 19th century when it was painted the red, white, and green that you see today in honor of the new Italy (Florence was the capital for a brief period of time).
The climb up to the top of the dome was a bit of a challenge–approximately 460 steps to the top. The staircase is very small and narrow so if you ever visit, do be careful on your way up. Once you get to the top though, you’ll have the best views of the whole city. Definitely 100% worth it, in my opinion.
Take your time up at the top of the dome–you will have to walk back down the same 460 steps after all…so you might as well enjoy the views 🙂 Once you make it back down, treat yourself to some gelato! We spent the rest of our time in Florence that day walking by the river and wandering the local market before heading to Volterra (another post coming soon).
The Uffizi and Accademia galleries are also must-sees in Florence! The Accademia is home to Michaelangelo’s David, and let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like seeing that 14 ft. statue in person. Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading 🙂