463 STEPS LATER…

From Pisa, we took another train to Florence. We arrived Florence a little after 1 pm and went straight to our hotel room where we relaxed after a looooong morning of traveling and climbing The Leaning Tower of Pisa!
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Since I had already pre-purchased ticket to see the Duomo the day we got there, I figure that’s where we should start. So after freshening up we ventured out into the beautiful city of Florence around 5 pm. We got to Duomo thinking that we are just going to see a church…not realizing that we were being set up to climb another set of stairs. Oh boy! We were NOT prepared for this, but there was no turning back!
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Florence is home to the Duomo, the city’s most iconic landmark. Filippo Brunelleschi won the commission in 1418 and set out to build something the world had never seen. It was revolutionary at the time, and honestly, it still kinda is.
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During the climb we had awesome views of the interior of the Duomo. These paintings are the “Last Judgement” frescoes, showing heaven and hell. They are very graphic, in particular the creepy portrayal of hell.
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So, if you ask me if climbing the 463 steps to the terracotta-covered Cupola is worth it. Um, YES! Absolutely! Yes it tends to get claustrophobic, but it all feels worth it when you reach the dome, with all of Florence at your feet.

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