The Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) should be the first and last stop when visiting Florence. The square houses the city’s Cathedral, the Campanile di Giotto and the Battistero di San Giovanni, all of which make up Florence’s most famous landmarks, along with the Ponte Vecchio.
If the Piazza della Signoria is considered the symbol of Florence’s civic life, the Piazza del Duomo is undoubtedly the religious and spiritual centre of the city.
One of the most peculiar parts of the Piazza is located in the intersection of the Via dei Calzaioli with the Piazza del Duomo. Here is found the Loggia del Bigallo, which is a construction built during the fourteenth century for the Compagnia della Misericordia (Company of Mercy), one of Florence's oldest brotherhoods which sheltered abandoned and orphaned children.
The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo is situated east of the Duomo. This museum features, among many other interesting artworks, the original sculptures that once upon a time embellished the Piazza del Duomo.