As cynical as it may sound, for many Florence residents, dodging is the name of the game when crossing piazza del Duomo: avoiding eye contact with portrait painters, weaving around tour groups, steering clear of Segways and selfie stick vendors. But the next time you’re moving through the crowded piazza, don’t dodge. Instead, walk with a purpose—toward via del Proconsolo. Take a swift turn toward piazza San Firenze and shed any biases you may be harboring about this busy street. It’s big on surprises.