Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo: The Best Panoramic View of Florence!

Caroline Rangel

Caroline Rangel

Carol Rangel is the Contributing Editor at Global Storybook (Brazil).
You can read more about Carol here.
Caroline Rangel

It’s hard to find adjectives to describe the unique beauty of Florence.

The city is an open air museum, filled with art works and references to the Renaissance.  Everywhere you look, you will find a statue, a monument, a sumptuous building, a palace.  In addition to all of this, Florence is a very photogenic city!  Whatever the angle, the picture is wonderful.

However, the pictures from the top of Piazzale Michelangelo stand out!

Piazzale MichelangeloThe piazzale was designed in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi.  It’s located on the left (south) bank of the Arno River.

From there you can see the Duomo:

Piazzale MichelangeloPiazzale MichelangeloPonte Vecchio crossing the Arno:

Ponte Vecchio, FlorencePonte Vecchio, FlorenceThe ruins of the city walls:

Piazzale MichelangeloPalazzo Vecchio:

Palazzo Vecchio, FlorenceI have to say that Piazzale Michelangelo itself is quite bland.  Most of it’s a parking lot, people come just to enjoy the view.

There’s a replica of Michelangelo’s David and also stalls with souvenirs and snacks to attract tourists.

Piazzale MichelangeloWhat really counts is the view, which is, in my opinion, the most beautiful view of Florence!

On the lower floor of the square, there is a restaurant with a panoramic terrace.  Enjoy the view while sipping a glass of Chianti or Brunello.Piazzale MichelangeloThis is a great place to watch an enchanting sunset too!

How To Get There:

The easiest way to get to Piazzale Michelangelo is by car.

You can take bus 12 or 13 at Santa Maria Novella train station, or the red two-level sightseeing tour bus.

For those who prefer to go by foot, it’s a 30 minute walk from the city centre.  It’s a long but very pleasant walk, there are many interesting restaurants on the way uphill, where you can sit and rest while enjoying the Florence view.

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Carol

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