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And it was only in the 20th cen­tury, with the devel­op­ment of light­weight steel and syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als, that big­ger domes could be built.

No won­der then that this great colos­sus still dom­i­nates views of the city, whether you’re on the south­ern slopes of

Flo­rence, in the Boboli and Bar­dini Gar­dens; or high up in the hill­side town of Fiesole to the north. Down in the wind­ing, me­dieval streets of the city, too, you sud­denly catch your breath as you turn a cor­ner and there, loom­ing above you, is the finest dome in Chris­ten­dom.

The Duomo still dom­i­nates the sky­line of Flo­rence, which has re­mained bliss­fully free of mod­ern devel­op­ment. The re­sult is clear, un­ob­structed views of the city from all an­gles, from the bridges, the hills and the river­side palaces. Here is our guide to the best Flo­rence views. Harry Mount stayed in the Ho­tel Tornabuoni Beacci, Flo­rence (dou­bles from £88, tele­ uk/tt-tornabuoni) and the Villa San Michele, Fiesole (dou­bles from £396, tele­­lasan­michele).

Bri­tish Air­ways (ba. com) flies to Flo­rence from Lon­don from £104 re­turn.

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