Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
Florence. September 13-17, 2013. First stop in the city—Il Duomo de Firenze, as the basilica is commonly known. Architecturally and artistically, the dome designed and built by Filippo Brunelleschi is of considerable significance and innovation. Built from 1420-1436, it remains the largest masonry dome in the world.
There are some who would question our decision not to stand in line to see the interior. Choices were made and on this trip we chose to see David and the Uffizi instead. No disappointment. The interior will be there for another visit.
The exterior and site are spectacular. The Gothic design unique. Green and white patterning. Residing in the Piazza del Duomo, the structure has many spectacular angles and very different moods depending on the time of day and sky. Over the course of the five days I was there, Il Duomo was a fascinating subject. In its own right and as part of the landscape—spectacular, dramatic beauty.