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It's remarkable, the number of the world's geniuses who have spent part or all of their lives under the shadow of the dome of Florence's cathedral. Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Cristofori, Machiavelli, Galileo--these are just a few of the great artists, thinkers, scientists, and inventors who passed through Florence.

There's no more readily identifiable symbol of this great city than its dome. Florence constructed one of the grandest cathedrals in the world, with an eye to a magnificent dome. The only problem was that an unbuttressed dome of that scale hadn't been done in over a thousand years. Not that the Florentines let that stop them. In the 1400s, Fillipo Brunelleschi did the impossible and broke new architectural ground with his enormous freestanding brick dome. It's been imitated many times and has symbolized Florence ever since.

This is the view from Piazzale Michelangelo. I was a little disappointed with most of the pictures I got, but not this one. And the view itself was fantastic.

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