Inferno opens with a mysterious character running north from the Arno River, behind a palazzo with a crenellated tower, through Piazza di San Firenze toward the spire of the Badia.
|Palazzo Vecchio, Florence|
|Piazza di San Firenze and the Badia Spire|
The action soon returns to the Arno River and the Ponte Vecchio. Running along the top of the bridge is the Vasari Corridor, a closed passageway that connects the Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti.
|Ponte Vecchio and the Arno River|
|Segment of the Vasari Corridor between the|
Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery
The Palazzo Vecchio is located on one of Florence's main squares, the Piazza della Signoria. A number of sculptures are displayed here, including the Fountain of Neptune by Bartolomeo Ammannati.
|The Fountain of Neptune|
The most famous statue in the square is a replica of Michelangelo's David, near the entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio. The original is at the nearby Galleria dell'Accademia.
|David, Outside the Palazzo Vecchio|
Adjacent to the Palazzo Vecchio and the statue of Hercules and Cacus is the Loggia dei Lanzi with many more sculptures.
|Hercules and Cacus (left)|
Perseus with the Head of Medusa (centre)
|Rape of the Sabine Women|
|Rape of Polyxena|
|Hercules Beating the Centaur Nessus|
Not far from Piazza della Signoria is the Piazza del Duomo and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, or Il Duomo, with its distinctive green, pink and white marble facade.
|Il Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore|
The massive red dome of the cathedral, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, dominates the skyline of Florence.
Next to the cathedral is the campanile, or Giotto's bell tower.
|The Campanile, Giotto's Bell Tower|
And across from the front entrance to the cathedral is the octagonally-shaped Baptistery of San Giovanni.
|Baptistery of San Giovanni|
The bronze doors on the baptistery designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti were referred to by Michelangelo as the Gates of Paradise. Each of the ten panels depicts a scene from the Old Testament. These doors are copies; the originals are in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
|The Gates of Paradise|
|Isaac with Esau and Jacob|
|Adam and Eve (left), Cain and Abel (right)|
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