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Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence
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Piazzale Michelangelo is decorated with bronze replicas of some of Michelangelo's best-known sculptures. This famous square offers panoramic city views. Designed by architect Giuseppe Poggi and built in 1869, this plaza stands on a hill just south of the historic town center. Poggi designed this public space as a terraced observation deck, which today houses a popular restaurant. The view encompasses the heart of Florence, numerous bridges crossing the river Arno, and the hills beyond the city's skyline. See Piazzale Michelangelo and all Florence has to offer by arranging your trip with our Florence vacation route planner.
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  • In this place there is no ancient churches and beautiful palaces. But from here a magnificent view of the city centre with its main attractions. Of all the beauties of the square stands the only bronze statue of David (the original of which, by Michelangelo, is kept in the Museum of the Academy of fine arts). 
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  • Visited the square in the evening with my girlfriend. Great view of Florence illuminated by streetlights along the Arno River and the main churches and piazzas. Very romantic place and a must visit for lovers of landscapes both day and night.
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  • We walked up to the famous piazza for magnificent views of Florence below. The Ponte Vecchio was lined up with two other bridges over the Arno, great photo. There is yet another statue of David (by Mi...  more »
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  • The view is nice from here but you can get the same or better view elsewhere. The crowds and cars detract a little from the experience. The best element was actually the walk from the Arno to the top, which was very pleasant. It's worth a visit as there are other sites nearby that are worth seeking out and it's a nice spot to quickly stop at.
  • A must on your Firenze visit. Spectacular view of the city day and night, especially at sunset. Most warm experience during my trip happened, was waiting for a parking space and Italian guys that were pulling out handed over their parking pass with 3 hrs. remaining. Used 1hr and passed the tradition to another Italian couple. Great Italian hospitality, I should do the same to other visitors to my home town.
  • Approximately 15/20 minutes walk from the centre of Florence and well worth the effort as the views of the whole of Florence and the surrounding hills are magnificent. The main feature of the square being Michelangelo's statue of David. The Piazza has a number of stalls and a couple of cafes. There is also a larger restaurant close by, for drinks, lunch and dinner. The staff here were not really very attentive and it took a while to get their attention.
  • Of all the places in Florence where we had panaromic views, this was undoubtedly the best one. For one thing, it didn't need nearly as much climbing as the tower or Duomo. For another, it gives you a view from the other side so in addition to seeing the iconic landscape of the old city itself, you get to see the hillside on the other side as well. Great place to watch the sunset as well.
  • So beautiful. Check it out early in the morning and during sunset. You get the perfect view of Florence. It's absolutely romantic. - side bar - Crazy touristy in peak season but still worth it. Early and late are the best times.