So I’m reading “Florence: A Portrait”, slowly, and in the prologue I come across a photo of the most amazing building: The Campanile of the Duomo. It’s a bell tower, evidently. My first thought is, “Why in the effing heck have I never heard of this piece of architecture?!” Then I get to the text associated with the photo and I read,
Now, granted neither the Duomo nor its Campanile are all pink & kitty cats & balloons, but they aren’t really this either. How did that transformation take place? Why did it take place?