The masterpiece of the architect and sculptor Brunelleschi, il Duomo was begun in 1420 and took 16 years to complete. Just opposite the cathedral is the Baptistery which is believed to predate the cathedral, possibly to Roman times. This features another jewel in the Florentine crown in the ornate bronze doors by Lorenzo Ghiberti, which were christened by Michelangelo ‘The Gates of Paradise’.
Within easy walking distance of the Florence Hotel Bigallo one will also find such national treasures as the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio, as well as many fascinating artisan boutiques, designer shops and classical Florentine restaurants and trattorias – simply ask our Concierge for informed advice and bookings.
Regular transport links run from Florence International Airport (Amerigo Vespucci) to Santa Maria Novella Train Station – the city’s primary Railway Terminal. From the station take Via Panzani followed by Via de’ Cerretani to Piazza del Duomo. From the main piazza take Via Calzaioli and take the first right into Vicolo degli Adimari, the Hotel Bigallo Florence is number 2.
A taxi from the airport costs €20 + €1 for each luggage, though it is advisable to establish the price before departing.