Stereotypes are usually based on a grain of truth. The truth of the one about higgledy-piggeldy Italian rooftops was proven to me in Florence last summer. The organic growth of the rooftops is apparent from the relative ages of the roof-tiles, tell-tale signs of when roof construction (or renovation) took place.

We were even able to watch our neighbours eat at their kitchen table from where we were. How that property would have been accessed from the street relative to where ours was is a complete mystery!

The inside of the tower from which these views were captured is beautifully decorated with frescoes. There were others in other parts of the flat, which uses the frescoes to advertise itself on airbnb.

The views from this tower were stunning during the day and as the sun was setting. The cupola of the Synagogue of Florence was completely unobstructed.

The dome of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was a little hidden which allowed the capture of some of the street we overlooked.

As captivating as the views of the architecture were, the sky also provided visual delights.

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