Il Duomo of Florence

The central point of the city of Florence is Il Duomo – Florence’s stunning cathedral.

Walking around Il Duomo at this time of the year is an incredible experience. You will certainly not feel alone, as people from all over the world are there to admire the largest brick dome ever made.

The construction of Il Duomo di Firenze started in 1296 in the Gothic style. The design was done by Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436, with the dome itself being engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi.

Brunelleschi had hundreds of workers come into Florence to construct the dome. Each day, they would climb up and up to their work place, but not long after they would have to start climbing down and down, for lunch.

Yes, a good lunch in Tuscany is really that important!

Frustrated that it was taking so much time out of the work day, Brunelleschi built a makeshift kitchen up in the dome where workers could be fed without having to waste so much time climbing down and back up again.

As lunch in Italy is usually served with a glass of wine, he even produced a special Tuscan wine to serve to his workers – said to be a little less alcoholic than the standard Italian wines of the time.

This may well be one of the main secrets as to why the dome of Florence still stands so strong to this day!