Posted by: Debra Kolkka | August 9, 2016

The Duomo at night

The stunning Cattedrale Santa Maria del Fiori looks even better at night. It is incredible to believe that the cathedral was begun in 1296. It was completed structurally by 1436 with the help of Filippo Brunelleschi, who designed the famous dome. The façade is relatively new…it was completed in the 19th century.

Duomo Florence

Duomo Florence

Duomo Florence

Duomo Florence

Duomo Florence

It’s great staying over night in Florence. We don’t do it often as the city is an easy day trip from Bagni di Lucca, but it is a treat when we do. The crowds seem to melt away and everything takes on a magical quality.

We like to stay at Hotel Scoti , perfectly located in Via Tornabuoni, just around the corner from my favourite Café Giacosa where we go for breakfast.


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  2. Nice treat indeed and great shots of Duomo at night.

    • It looks amazing at any time…I can’t get enough of it.

  3. A joy to see these pix. Our favorite time to visit the Duomo during our visit to Florence was at night. Hope you had a chance to see the statue of Brunelleschi in the piazza.

    • I’ve seen the one in the alcove, but I know there is another.

  4. I wish we had stayed overnight in Florence! Our time there was way too short 🙁

    • You need to return.

  5. You are right, these cities become magic at night. The same thing happens with Lucca.

    • Lucca is gorgeous at night…can’t wait to be back there.

  6. Absolutely beautiful! I will have to check out the cafe next time I am there too!

    • You won’t be disappointed.

  7. Florence is so different at night and in the early mornings. Even in the summer, those times of day are very peaceful. I can never resist a chance to see the Duomo no matter the time of day, and I love that Brunelleschi is laid to rest inside the cathedral.

    • It so great to have the streets to yourself. I have been on the Ponte Vecchio early in the morning and had it all to myself.

  8. Gorgeous Debra!

    • Thank you.

      • I just love all your posts. Someday I’m going to Italy again and I’m going to pull up your blog and plan an amazing trip!

  9. Wow — certainly does look amazing at night

    • The Duomo is spectacular.

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