Back in Italy Blog #24: Florence, we showed you pictures of our climb up to the top of Brunelleschi's Dome which sits on the top of the Cathedral of Florence. Finally, thanks to our friends Stacey and Nathan, we're able to bring you 5 short (15 second) videos of that climb to give you a good idea of how dark, steep and cramped it is!
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).
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!
Photos back on Italy Blog #24: