Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. It is the main church of Florence, Italy and usually referred to as Il Duomo di Firenze. It is a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto (this is the large church at the top of today’s image).
Interestingly (for the historians), on this day in 1494, the uprising against Piero de’ Medici began in Florence after which he was exiled from the city.
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Like so many towns on the Adriatic, Monopoli's history has been thoroughly influenced by its east-facing position and its fortified sea-front walls and castle tell many a story.
Parking in or around Piazza XX Settembre, location of a colourful street market, head east towards the cathedral. To find it just look upwards and you are sure to see its elegantly conceived bell tower thrusting into the sky. Built in 1693, the tower is over 60 metres high, completely dominating the town below.