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This was taken from the lantern at the top of the Duomo in Florence, after a climb up the inside of the dome. The Campanile is at left; the curved roof in front of you is the dome, and the rectangular peaked red roof beyond is the nave of the Duomo. Just past the end of that roof you can see the top of the Baptistery, with its own mini-lantern.

This is an amazing climb, well worth it. I did not climb the Campanile, but this just has to be better. As part of the climb, you can walk around the inside of the dome, just at the base of the decorated portion, and see the amazing frescoes at pretty close up. Plus the view from up here is, as you can see, unobstructed (there's about a 5' railing) and 360.

Construction of the Duomo, aka the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, was started in the late 13th century. The famous dome was designed by Brunelleschi and added in the late 15th century. The frescoes mentioned above were painted in the late 1500s.

Entrance to the Duomo is free; don't miss it. Also, there is a desk at the front of the nave that provides free guided art tours by art students who are visiting Florence. We got such a tour and it was great. Lots of interesting detail not in the general guide books. Well worth the price :)

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