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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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  • Most of the gardens and parks in Florence you need to pay for so the Piazzale Michelangelo offered stunning views of the city especially late afternoon as the sun is setting for free. It's a bit of a ...  more »
  • Here have the most amazing view of Florence which watching the sun set and the whole view of Florence. Really amazing. We walk from the riverside about 20 mins, it will be wonderful to arrive at about...  more »
  • The view over Florence square makes this worth it. There is also a beautiful replica of David.
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  • Excellent panoramic views of Florence with a copy of Michelangelo's David on the piazza. A good exercise when climb is done by foot or bike. There are several vending stands selling cold beverages and ice cream. A well hidden drinking fountain can be found at the corner near the Iris garden. Public restroom are located about 200 meters up the road. The 'admission fees' are 1 Euro.
  • Very scenic where you can see everything. There are a couple locations where you can get practically a 360 degree view of Florence. You can either take the 12 or 13 bus if you can't make the climb.
  • Lovely views of Florence from this place! It's a bit of a hike up, but well worth it. Surprising thing was that we couldn't find a taxi on our way back, so remember that you may have to come back the same way you came.
  • This place definitely offers the best views of the remarkable city of Florence. The square is populated with several souvenir stands as you might imagine. One of the best things is that, if there's space left, you can park your car right on the square for about a euro an hour. This makes it very easy for the less mobile people to enjoy this great place.
  • Public transport to this place is not the best but it's worth a hike. I would say this hike is better for a view than 463 steps in Santa Maria Cathedral Cupola. Quite a few small shops to eat and drinks as well.

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Variety is not a problem when deciding where to stay in Florence. The compact town center is packed with hotels, hostels, and small inns. The drawback of this upmarket central area is that even family-run B&Bs often cost as much as luxury hotels. For more affordable lodgings, explore the area outside the tourist-driven city center. Staying in one of the city's residential neighborhoods allows you to immerse yourself in the daily life of local Florentines. B&Bs and hotels outside the center offer private parking and spacious rooms, all within walking distance of the main tourist sites.
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