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Inside Florence Duomo Isn’t as Grand as Its Facade

Inside Florence Duomo isn’t as grand as its facade. I was a bit disappointed. The cathedral is almost bare inside. Unlike other cathedrals, this one doesn’t allow visitors to sit on one of the few pews inside. Its Gothic design inside gives a vast impression of the cathedral that also

The Gates of Paradise at Florence Baptistry

The Gates of Paradise at Florence Baptistry are closed to the public, but, perhaps, open to the men of God. Sadly, I’m not one of the righteous ones. The baptistry is an octagonal monument with three doors with lavish ornaments of religious themes. These doors are perfect examples of the

The Stunning Facade of Florence Duomo

The stunning facade of Florence Duomo is one of a kind. It’s a great example of the Renaissance style which was born in Florence, Italy. Duomo, as the locals call it, has a longer name: Catedral Santa Maria del Fiore. In English, it translates to, “Cathedral of Saint Mary of

View from the Top: Bologna is a City That Still Looks Medieval

Bologna is a city that still looks medieval from the streets to the rooftops. And thank goodness, it’s one of the off-beaten paths that tourists skip when visiting Italy. I’m glad I did stop here for two nights without expecting much on what to do and see. After two weeks

Basilica di San Marco Glitters in Gold

In Venice, Basilica di San Marco glitters in gold. No, you won’t be able to see gold on its facade but wait until you see its interior. I’m not sure if they intended to have the interior a bit dark. Perhaps, it’s to emphasize the beaming gold that you’d see

Venice: The Mosaics of San Marco Basilica

These mosaics of San Marco Basilica are from the 11th century but they never lose their luster. They’re our windows to Byzantine art. Be warned: you can’t take photos inside St. Mark’s Basilica. While there’s no entrance fee, the number of visitors allowed to get inside is controlled and limited.

Three Landmarks to See in Pisa

Pisa is in the northwestern part of Italy. You can visit it for a day trip from Florence but make sure to go early to avoid the huge crowd. Take an early train, instead of going on tourist buses. It’s an hour and a half – depends which train you’re

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a Beautiful Architectural Accident

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a beautiful architectural accident. Perhaps, this is Italy’s most photographed landmark. It was never built to be leaning but just your normal, free-standing bell tower you see around Italy. It was built during the Medieval Times in Romanesque style. So, why is the Tower

Take a Peek: Inside the Roman Colosseum

What’s inside the Roman Colosseum? I bet you’re curious, right? In my previous post, I showed you the facade of the stunning Roman Colosseum. Now, I’ll bring you inside to see what it’s like while learning a bit of its history. This piece of architectural wonder is a must-see when

View from the Towers of La Clerecia in Salamanca

The Towers of La Clerecia in Salamanca is locally known as Scala Coeli. You can’t, of course, climb the tower without getting into¬†the¬†Clerecia Church. And yes, you’ve got to pay, too. This church used to be known as the Royal College of the Company of Jesus. It was both a
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