A 1-minute walk from the Hotel Perseo you can now visit an fantastic gem of Florence, nestled in the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), definitely one of the most beautiful squares in the world, a unique repository for history, faith and art. After a great and careful restoration the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum) in Florence recently open to the public. The museum is part of the artistic complex known as the Great Cathedral Museum and contains works of art taken from the near Florence Cathedral, the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile (Bell Tower).
The Cathedral Museum exhibits the largest concentration of Florentine Medieval and Renaissance sculpture in the world: marble, bronze and silver statues and reliefs by the most famous artists of the time, including Michelangelo, Arnolfo di Cambio, Donatello, Antonio Pollaiuolo, Luca della Robbia, Tino Camaino, Ghiberti, Verrocchio.
We at Hotel Perseo recommend to all our guests a visit to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. We advise you in particular to stand for a few minutes in front of the Porta del Paradiso (Gates of Paradise) by Lorenzo Ghiberti, goldsmith and sculptor of 1400, which was originally one of the gates of the Baptistery. Michelangelo himself gave to it the name 'Gates of Paradise' the first time he saw this Renaissance masterpiece and we are sure you will understand why!