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ON A NARROW street in Florence, a pedestrian seems like he’s walking among sculptures, thanks to the reflection in an antique store’s window.

Artworks, and marvelous architecture, are everywhere in Florence, the enduring heritage of its Renaissance glory.

The Duomo, Florence’s iconic building with a massive yet graceful red-tiled-roof dome, rises above the city’s medieval streets. Construction of the cathedral began in the 1200s, and continued through the centuries until the dome was completed in the 1400s.

The Duomo is one of Florence’s don’t-miss sights, along with the Uffizi museum, a treasure trove of Renaissance art. See them, amid crowds of fellow tourists, then take off and wander the cobblestone back streets to find peace and quiet and reflect on Florence’s living history.

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Kristin R. Jackson is The Seattle Times NWTraveler editor. Contact her at