Vissa Venkata Sundar wanders through Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and falls for its many charms
The climb to the top is not for the faint-hearted, but if you manage to negotiate the 463 narrow steps from the inside, you will be greeted with extraordinary views of the city. A sea of terracotta roof tiles spreads across the city’s vista, like a handmade canvas painting.
The orange-tiled Duomo changed the skyline of Florence forever. Designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and completed in 1436, it is a ground-breaking engineering feat that draws inspiration from the Pantheon. A goldsmith with no formal architectural training, he went on to single-handedly create a brilliant and risky octagonal structure that would become the quintessential symbol of the Renaissance. Brunelleschi received a princely sum of 200 gold florins for his ingenuity and completion of the project.
Santa Maria del Fiore
A walk through a maze of tiny alleys leads you to the cathedral named in honour of Santa Maria del Fiore. The magnificent exteriors of the church, especially the doors, will leave you gasping. It consists of 10 rectangular panels.