Ever so often throughout the hike there would be little windows so we could peak out at and get a view of Florence.
Besides the view at the top, the most magnificent part was being able to see up close the ceiling of the cathedral. It was unreal. I felt so bad for those poor artists that spent years of their lives on their backs on high scaffolding painting that ginormous dome. The only way (as far as we could tell) to see the painting on the dome was to climb it. If you just go into the Cathedral (which is free) it is roped off and you can't see the paintings.
And then the views....