Our bed and breakfast was situated just off the square near the Duomo allowing us the opportunity to easily tour the church and its famous Baptistery. Unfortunately, we there during the off season and the museum that holds the original Gates of Paradise was under renovation. So we had to settle for the replicas.
After seeing the lines for the “off season” the day before I stepped out of the bed and breakfast to see a tremendous line of tour groups waiting for entry into the Duomo. Determined to outsmart the tour groups, who all seemed to congregate at the same spots and clog everything up we headed toward the train station. Our first stop was Santa Maria Novella known for one for the first paintings to utilize linear perspective, Masaccio’s Holy Trinity. From Maria Novella we made our way to San Lorenzo and finally to the Duomo. The crowd for the church had subsided and now every tour group in Florence was attempting to make its way to the top of the dome of the Duomo.