Florence, in Santa Maria del Fiore. This floor is completely flat. The remarkable optical illusion of the seventeenth century of the marble tiles of the Florence Cathedral. View from above, the intricate geometry creates the illusion of a giant abyss in which people could come across. The red, white, black and green marble floor was a colossal task to complete it took 160 years. It was created by the Grand Ducal Laboratories of Florence, led by the Renaissance sculptor Baccio d’Agnolo, and completed in 1660.

The primary objective of the manufacturers was to overcome the splendor of the Roman imperial floors, especially those of the Pantheon. The result forms a gigantic unit of fascinating geometric rugs, aligned inside the naves of the cathedral. The coat of arms of the Medici family, the banking family that has left an indelible mark throughout Florence and has played a leading role in completing the cathedral, is visible on various sections of the floor.

If you like this unique story about the city of Florence and its cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, come with us to discover several different and original things about our city. we are official tour guide of Florence and we are running a free walking tour of Florence from Santa Maria Novella square. Our meeting point its in front of Minerva Hotel, please book before the tour start