463 Steps Later...06.13.2013 | Culture and Society
Today a few friends and I got our workout by climbing to the top of the Duomo, which is 463 steps. We really weren’t sure what to expect as we waiting in line outside of the cathedral in the heat with our water bottles ready to go.
Luckily the line moved fast and before we knew it, we were getting ready to go inside of the building and make the climb. One thing that I did not expect was to have to crawl through very small spaces that almost looked like they belonged in a dungeon. This was difficult, because people were trying to go down as you were trying to climb up, and there was not enough space for two people to be next to each other. It had to be single file all the way up.
Another difficulty was that it was hot but you couldn’t take very many drinking breaks because then you would be holding up everyone behind you. Once we were out of the dungeon-like area, it was cool because we were near the ceiling and could view the painted frescoes much more clearly. The detail in the artwork was amazing and it wasn’t as crowded up here, so we were able to take our time looking at all of the different pictures.
Then we continued climbing and finally reached the outside area. I am slightly afraid of heights, so it took me a few minutes until I could look out over the edge, but I am so glad that I did because the view was absolutely amazing! We spent quite a while of time up on top, taking pictures and trying to figure out where particular buildings, like our hotel were located.
After taking a water break and sitting on a bench for a while, we began to make our climb back down. Walking down 463 steps is much better than climbing up them!