Perched high above the city of Florence is the expansive Piazzale Michelangelo - so called for its reproductions of Michelangelo's sculptures placed around the site. The plaza was built in the mid-nineteenth century and offers panoramic views of Firenze, the Arno, and the surrounding countryside. The Piazza is bustling with activity as this is a popular spot for motor coaches, tourists, vendors, and lovers seeking a romantic view.
The view of the city is breathtaking and it changes depending on the time of day. Sunset is particularly rewarding. Regardless of the time of day, take a hike above the piazza to San Miniato al Monte, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Italy. I highly recommend a visit here.
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