The Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral , Florence, Italy

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Perhaps it is the small town ambiance of Florence that appeals to me the most despite the city being often mentioned as one of the most-beaten tourist path across Italy.

Even though Florence has enough architectural achievements and high-valued treasured art to overwhelm any visitors, it offers such laid back ambiance that allows anyone to linger for a moment, to just walk across quiet alleyways or simply take time to study each statues at Palazzo Vecchio.

I am not sure if the same sentiments are shared by many who had visited Florence, but if you been dragging your backpack on different train stations across selected European town like me, it is nice to have a “break” and Florence was my break.
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With interconnecting piazza, several Gothic churches and roads that are mostly accessible by bicycle and pedestrian alone, Florence is an over-all pleasant town.

I took my day as easy and as light as it can be, I just walked across Florence historic city center without any agenda, well, maybe an exception is my specific agenda to frequently stop by in a bar for a un caffè or two.
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But no matter where you turn and go, all roads lead to Piazza del Duomo and the sight of Florence Cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) or most commonly known as the Duomo is a magnetic pull that is hard to resist.
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The decorative exterior of pink, white and green marble possibly what makes Florence Cathedral a remarkable sight. A unique geometric pattern together with the red-tile cupola is a distinct view that can only be associated with the town of Florence.
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It is really a necessity for anyone to take time to linger around the Duomo and be not satisfied on viewing it from on angle alone. Go up close or walk around it, for each and every perspective is a sight to appreciate. Once satisfied on studying the Duomo exterior, fall in line to enter to see the church interior including the dome fresco.
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