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. Arrange your visit to Piazzale Michelangelo and discover more family-friendly attractions in Florence using our Florence trip itinerary builder .
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  • Get the No. 13 bus. We didn't realise you could get the bus and walked up the hill and steps thinking it was a hilltop only to find a busy commercial road with a bus terminus, cafe bars and street ven...  more »
  • To get what I would class as one of the best views of a city definitely come here. But that’s about it. There are trinket sellers and I think I saw a good van but that’s all. But you do need to see th...  more »
  • From here you can have a complete view of the city of Florence. Really nice! You will arrive at piazzale going up stairs but did not prove tiresome. It was worth it!
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  • Beautiful! If you're interested in the culture, I highly suggest that you make this a stop on your list along with many others that I plan on adding. Be sure to pay close attention to the brass doors as they tell a story. Also pay close attention to the pink and green marble that was used to construct the building. Absolutely gorgeous! It amazes me to think that people during those times had the ability to create some of the art that was created.
  • We kept finding ourselves wanting to return to Piazzale Michelangelo and for good reason. The views are outstanding! It’s a very easy journey on a scooter or car or by public transportation. There’s a few places to grab a bite or a drink and plenty or merchants for souvenirs. FYI, the merchants have the best prices in Florence. You can buy a sweatshirt for 10 euros and the same goes for 28 euros by the duomo! Make sure you visit VIPs bar and go a pet the bathroom attendants dog 🐶 very well behaved!
  • Beautiful place for those who like to take a walk uphill. The view above the city is great. Walking up those stairs definitely worth it. You can see the dome, the old bridge. Basically the entire city. There are also some stone benches on which you can rest and feel the wind blowing. There is also a bar or two and a public toilet. It is not very crowded so I was glad to take a break from the city crowds.
  • Said to be the place to get the best view in Florence, I can easily say, that perception is correct. Visiting the Piazzale Michelangelo confirmed for me that Florence is the most beautiful city in Italy I have visited (and I adore Rome). On a clear day, you can see the whole city, up to the hills and across to the distant mountains. The city is so vibrant and colourful and has a uniqueness to it that means it is no surprise that it is the perfect location for couples, families and solo travellers. The Piazzale itself is a reasonable stair climb (it really isn't that bad if you are used to walking) and there are spaces to sit, drink, eat and buy your tourist wares. You can also drive or take a tour bus up if you like! There are so many angles at which to take photos from and there is more than enough space for hundreds of visitors. I would recommend visiting the Piazzale, especially if you have limited time in Florence. If there is only one place you can see from south of the river (the river itself also is at a good angle from the piazzale), this is the place to go.
  • The best look out point in Florence. Maybe Italy, and possibly the world! A great view of the entire old town Florence where you can see easily the several Cathedrals within the city, which include the magnificent Duomo. Breathtaking view and walk to the view point. It is a steep walk if doing so from old town Florence, but a real reward awaits the top when you get there. A must go to location in Florence! P.S. A lovely place to see the city at night as well, plus there is usually someone playing music to make the experience even more memorable.
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