Florence 02

Florence Episode 02 Inside the duomo

The dome, Dante and a devastating murder

Florentines abroad who are missing their home city are not said to be ‘homesick’, but rather ‘sick for the dome’, and this podcast begins with a brief history of the ‘duomo'(cathedral) and some quotes from visitors through the ages. Then, there is a brief biography of Filippo Brunelleschi and the story of how he came to design the dome, followed by a description of one of the cathedral’s best known exhibits, Domenico’s 1465 painting, ‘Dante explaining the Divine Comedy’. Finally, hear the shocking story of the murder of Giuliano di Medici in front of the altar during mass on Easter Sunday in 1478. You’ll learn who did it, and why and what happened next.