Florence is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen and one of my favorites although almost every city in Italy is high on my list. I think this view of the Ponte Vecchio (old bridge) pretty much sums up Florence although the Duomo (otherwise known as Santa Maria del Fiore) is pretty awsome in its own right. I have been to Florence twice, but have never managed to go into the Duomo. And its not like I haven't tried. I have walked around it many, many times on my way to some other destination. And if I was there, it was closed, of course. Next time.