Il Duomo, Florence

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Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance and saw a concentration of master artists and thinkers all competing to create masterpieces. The Statue of David. Santa Maria del Fiore and all her wonders. Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise. Filloppo Brunelleschi discovered the use of perspective in drawings, marking a transformation in drawings and paintings. Yet, more people remember him for his ingenuous architectural solution to the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore. Built with compression and […]

Ponte Vecchio over the Arno

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The gentle river Arno flows through Florence, Italy. Florence was first settled in 67 BC by Cassus, who established this as a community for retired Roman soldiers. The first bridge across the Arno was believed to have been built by the Romans at this point, the narrowest point of crossing on the Arno. This original bridge was constructed from stone and wood, and disappeared at some time around 1100. During the middle ages Florentines constructed […]