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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.
The piazzale was designed in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi. It’s located on the left (south) bank of the Arno River.
Ponte Vecchio crossing the Arno:
The ruins of the city walls:
I 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.
What 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.This 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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