Santa Maria del Fiore is famous all over the world for its Cupola, a masterpiece made by Brunelleschi, but only a few have noticed a little detail on one of its facades. On the left side of the cathedral, over the Porta della Mandorla, right on the top of a column facing Via Ricasoli, there is an unusual sculpture: a bull’shead.
Two tales are linked to this odd decoration. The first one tells that the engineers wanted to honor all the animals that did a hard work for the construction of the Dome. The second one is amusing and “hot”, in fact it is linked to memory of an adultery. The legend says that during the construction of the Cathedral a carpenter had a love affair with the wife of a local baker, that had his shop just at the corner of Via Ricasoli. The baker discovered the betrayal and the liaison had to finish. The carpenter however got his revenge by placing a bull’s head on the Dome, with its big horns pointing to the bakery, in everlasting scorn!