the campanile

On our final day in Florence we decided to see the Duomo since we were so close to it. We decided just climb the dome instead of waiting in line to get inside the main hall. What all the travel guides fail to say is that halfway while climbing up to the top you actually come out inside the dome along the perimeter circumnavigating half of the dome while demons of purgatory stare down at you. After traversing along the 2 foot wide gangway, you continue on your journey up to you goal. You are then rewarded with a breathtaking view of the city (albeit also a view of the graffiti on top of the dome as well). On the way down you end up back inside the dome to finish the other half of the circle. Well worth the entrance fee and the breeze at the top.