Florence 03

Florence Episode 03 Around the duomo

Art, architecture and tales of the plague in the Piazza del Duomo.

A wander round the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), taking in the 80 metre high Campanile (Bell Tower), designed by Giotto, and the Baptistery, where medieval Florentines posted a black or white bean to denote the birth of a new baby and which contains some of the finest artwork in the city: a glorious mosaic ceiling and the doors described by Michelangelo as ‘the gates of paradise.’ Then, a rundown of some of the must-see works in the Cathedral Museum (think Donatello and Michelangelo) and, to finish, some tales of the plague which ravaged the city in the 14th century, just as the cathedral was under construction.