Italians have a saying. Il sole bacia i belli. The sun kisses the beautiful. It was a very cold February day in Florence when Today’s Italy Pic of the Day was taken. After wandering through Eataly just around the corner on Via de’ Martelli, Paolo and I made our way through the crowds towards the Cathedral.
I can clearly remember closing my eyes and tilting my face up to the sun, welcoming the warmth. That was when Paolo paid me the compliment of “Il sole bacia i belli.” I opened my eyes, smiled, pointed to the Cathedral bathed in sunlight and said “sure does!” Us midwestern women never learn how to take a compliment, but we never forget a good one.
Italy Pic of the Day | Florence Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
As promised here’s a little fun tidbit about today’s Italy Pic of the Day of the Florence Cathedral aka Santa Maria del Fiore aka The Duomo (to the Fiorentini). Florence is the Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance but the Florence Cathedral dome predates this illustrious period.
Way, way back in 1418 Filippo Brunelleschi came up with his own unique and many say brilliant methods to construct the dome. A grand feat considering he had no formal architectural training and this was to be the largest dome ever built!
Curious to know more about what makes this one of a kind dome so mysterious and special? If you’ve got a few minutes, this Nat Geo video does a good job of explaining how an Amateur Built the World’s Biggest Dome.
Video of the construction of the dome of the Florence Cathedral
Remarkably this eight sided, off centered dome stands 375.7 feet tall yet has no central support system! It also just so happens to be sitting atop one of Italy’s most ravishing Gothic style cathedrals.
In Italy, everywhere you look the sun kisses beautiful cathedral, churches, and domes. Yet the Florence Cathedral and the legend of Brunelleschi’s genius is a mark of pride for Italy. I look forward to sharing more of the magic of Florence with you soon in my next Italy Pic of the Day.
Speaking of which. My friend, you might have noticed I’ve slowed down a bit with publishing my Italy Pic of the day this month. I’m currently enrolled in an intensive Italian language class. I’m in four hour lessons Monday through Friday. Add a few extra hours each day for homework and basically, I’m a full time student again! It’s a luxury I know, to move to Italy and have the time to focus on learning to speak Italian but honestly, at the end of the day right now, my brian is fried. I hope you’ll stick around as these Italy Pic of the Day posts are a bit more spread out. Hopefully by the time I’m relatively proficient in Italian, the world will be properly vaccinated against COVID and we’ll be on the road in Italy again.
Where are you hoping to go as soon as it’s safe to travel again, sans mask?