It took me until the final week in the trip to finally go to Duomo but it was well worth the wait (Santa Croce is still my favorite chiesa). If you are ever in Florence and planning on going to the Duomo I highly recommend buying a combined ticket (we skipped all the lines at the Museum, the Opera, the crypt, and the campanile) and getting there early to get better pictures without the masses of people.
Brunelleschi’s death mask (notice how I managed to get the model of the dome to reflect in the glass 🙂 ).
In one area of the museum they have various alternatives that were considered in place of the current facade.
The baptistry in front, the church and dome in the back, and the campanile to the right side.
Everything here is so massive!
I love the floors and ceilings in all of the buildings here.
Climbing the campanile was a bit of a tight squeeze, so I’m glad I went in the morning before there were a lot of people. It was well worth the climb though (especially as we didn’t end up climbing the dome), both because there were beautiful views and because I was up there for the ringing of the bell twice, which is incredibly impressive from inside of the bell tower.