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A trip to Florence(Firenze) was on my must-see places list. Glad I got to go. It is extremely crowded – all the major attractions are located in within 5 to 10 minutes of their main train station – Firenze S.M.N (which stands for Santa Maria Novella). I thought Rome was crowded! I doubt if they have any down time, ever. Have to say they clean the very touristy part of the city very frequently.

The official names of the main sites I visited are  – Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, la Cupola di Brunelleschi, il Battistero di San Giovanni. In my terms – the Cathedral, the Duomo/Cupola and the Baptistery. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to visit the bell tower – campanile.

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My ride to Firenze! A worthy splurge..

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The scenery along the way, when we didn’t hit a cloud bank and when I didn’t doze off. To be expected at 245 km/hour?

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Outside Firenze S.M.N station.

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The reason for the visit in the distance!

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The entire complex – the Cathedral, the Duomo(Cupola), the Baptistery and the bell tower.

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Could they build BIG or what? Inside the Cathedral.

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This clock predates our clocks as we know them.

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Inside the Baptistery.

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Nativity scene (presepio) outside the Cathedral.

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God is in the details?

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Something so simple and yet so beautiful in that grand setting.

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The humans, small but never insignificant.

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The back door to the Baptistery.

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WOW!

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A map of the complex.

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Looking down from the cupola!

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Climbing the cupola!

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The view from the top!

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Looking down the cupola!

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Looking up to the top of the cupola!

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Walking around Firenze.

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En route to ponte vecchio

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The famous ponte vecchio – old bridge!