Thursday, July 14, 2016

Italy Blog #24: Florence: Climbing to the Top of Brunelleschi's Dome

Tom and Rob (gasping) making the climb
Welcome to the 24th blog of our Italy tour. On this blog you'll join us in the climb to the top of Brunelleschi's Dome, which sits on the top of the Cathedral of Florence. 
The inside of the dome 

"FACE YOUR FEARS" -   Anyone that knows us knows that I (Rob) don't like heights and they don't phase Tom at all. So, of course, we always have to climb to the top of high structures. Tom says it's good to "face my fears." 
Well, in England in 2012 and 2013 I did a lot of that going to the tops of churches, and even zip lined 200 feet above a forest on another 4 day weekend. 
After about 300 stairs...and counting
Tom videotaping the climb

SIGNS TO CLIMB - Multiple signs warned visitors that they should be healthy and prepared to climb... Oh, yeah, I had a sinus infection (and asthma) so it was a "challenge," but we did it.

the Last Judgment
THE CLIMB - It has 463 steps (there is no elevator) and the climb takes you past the interior of the dome. About half way up to the dome you'll come out on a narrow walkway that hugged the inside of the dome. The walkway went about a half of the the way around and gave us a view of one of the largest paintings of the Renaissance: Giorgio Vasari's frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9). It made us think of how people in Italy cue for lines to get in a place (they don't).

Rob: We made it! Now where's my inhaler. Tom: [Eye roll.]

THE STAIRWAY - At times it's very narrow, and there's one way up and down, so when you climb you have to hug the side and stop for people coming down. Of course, there's nothing to look at in the climb except for the butt of the person in front of you, and some small windows that come up occasionally. The walls are unpainted and dirty with age. It's like climbing up a cave!     

View of Florence from the Top of the dome


We made it!

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next