This entry is one that many would say should be a first stop for anyone going to Florence. Only problem is Florence is very much full of tourists during july, august and september. As it dies down towards the end of the month it is much more enjoyable to see things and experience.
I'm not here to only take in the sites, but learn as well so I would to be able to observe and explore at a slower pace.
With that said our graduate class headed to the duomo to hike to the top.
Now there are multiple ways you can see the duomo. You can just walk in the front doors and observe from the inside, or you can hike to the very top of the Dome itself.
We hiked to the top.
The hike up is a total of 486 steps. (woohoo)
There is on elevator so never ask for one. LOL.
The trek up is entertaining. There are sections where it is a straight staircase, mostly the beginning sections until it takes you to a scaffolding along the inner rim of the dome.
Once you get to this spot the above picture is the view you will get when you look up. It is fascinating. I highly recommend that you read Dante's divine comedies before viewing it. It will bring another dimension to the experience and allows you to understand the scenes and the characters more.
(more on this later)
Once you enter inside again the trek up begins with the stairs spiraling. Now this section is small and narrow. And very dizzying.
Once at the top it is very rewarding though.
Here are a few of my classmates talking about ummmm. Dunno really. But the picture allows for some perspective.
Here is one view from the top.
This picture is Emily, Angela and myself standing at the rail.
The last 2 pictures are of Lorenzo telling us about different events surrounding the duomo and his art. Then last one there is where we are waiting to go down the steps. One set of steps down. Steep. lol
Then you begin the descent. It is the same steps for a bit. Kinda feel like sardines passing those going up but then it branches off and you are back inside on the scaffolding.
Now the pictures here have some details and also some information about the current condition ofthe dome.
This is the very top section of the Dome. It was done by Vasari all the up until his death. The perspective is breathtaking. This is all Frescoe and frescoe is a form where you work from the top to the bottom. You are painting on wet plaster so it is very difficult to work the whole piece at one time.
When Vasari died a set of brothers took over. Currently at a loss for the names but it will hit me prob when I go to bed. HA.
This is a funny view but you can see in this the crack that goes from the base of the dome and actually all the way to the top.
Here is a detail of the ceiling. This is a section of hell as well as purgatory.
Then you continue your trek down and finally get to the bottom and are able to exit.