This is the inside of the Duomo, or Florence Cathedral.  The interior was designed using a Gothic style and includes a fresco on the dome that covers roughly 3,600 meters squared of surface. (sorry for the slightly out of focus photo, very low light conditions!) _______________ Tonight I had a very interesting opportunity.  Arcadia University […]


Right after we got into our hostel thinking it was pretty great… Until we looked up in the corner and saw the black mold seen below.  The “Hotel Sampaoli” is very close to the center of Florence, but wasn’t even close to meeting the reviews it had received online.  The hallways smelled absolutely horrible (so […]


This photo is taken from Giotto’s Campanile (bell tower) is directly next to the Florence Cathedral.  Climbing up the 414 steps gives you some amazing 360 degree views from a vantage point almost in the center of Florence.  The tower has been home to many bells over the last eight centuries, and it includes three […]

Piazzale Michelangelo

The Piazzale Michelangelo is famous mainly for the panoramic view of Florence that it provides.  It also includes a replica of Michelangelo’s David statue, constructed of bronze, rather than Marble. _________________ Not sure if it was the black mold in the room or something, but I woke up without a voice after sleeping in the […]


The Duomo, or Florence Cathedral (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore), was built in 1296 with a Gothic style set to mimic another popular cathedral of the time.  The actual construction of all components of the complex took roughly 140 years to complete, but the actual external facade of the building wasn’t completed for 600 […]