Florence Cityscape

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This cityscape in Italy captivated 16th century Renaissance masters like Leonardo da Vinci - and continues to do the same to 21st century travelers.

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The Duomo

The massive yet refined 15th century Gothic cathedral dome (center of photo) is Florence's skyline icon. The Duomo dominates the Florentine cityscape. It was designed by Fillipo Brunelleschi and intensely admired over a century later by Michelangelo.

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The Palazzo Vecchio tower (right side of photo) is another cityscape standout, as is Giotto's Campanile (the bell tower on left side of photo)

The 14th century shop-lined covered Ponte Vecchio (not in photo) is another famous cityscape-defining structure.

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the Florence cityscape

By far the best perspective view of Florence is from across the Arno River at the hillside Piazzale Michelangelo lookout.

For another fine viewpoint, climb to the top of the Duomo (via inside stairs). You'll be rewarded with a breathtaking 360-degree (though Duomo-less) view of the Florence cityscape

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