Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence: Address, Piazzale Michelangelo Reviews: 4.5/5

Piazzale Michelangelo
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This 19th century piazza has undoubtedly the best panoramic view of Florence. The square is decorated with copies of Michelangelo's sculptures, but it's the view people come here to see.
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Just outside the ancient walls of Florence, Viale Michelangiolo starts. It is a winding road rimmed by wonderful poplars and holm oaks. The long ascent opens up to the most beautiful and famous panoramic viewpoint of Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo, where an elevated terrace offers visitors an incomparable and breathtaking view of the entire city from above. During good weather, Piazzale Michelangelo provides visitors with a serene space surrounded by the amazing landscape, better if accompanied by a fresh gelato from a local kiosk. During night, visitors will be dazzled by the warm lights of the capital of the Renaissance. Spend a second with the silent Romanesque beauty of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte: the one that wishes good morning and good night to Florence!
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Leigh A
Fairfax, VA13 contributions
This was an amazing place to look out over the city and watch the vibrant sunset. While the steps were very crowded, it was not too difficult to find a nice spot to enjoy the sunset over the city. From this location, you can see almost every major landmark in Florence and the surrounding mountains. As you could anticipate from such a good view, it was a heck of a walk/hike up this location. I would definitely recommend making the trek up for those who are able and there seems to be a bus available for those who may find the walk challenging.
Written July 12, 2022
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Abril B
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We went in the afternoon to see the sunset and it was absolutely incredible. I would repeat it a milion times!
If you go walking, there are some slopes in the way there but the views are 100% worth it.
Even though there are a couple of restaurants to eat, I also recommend to bring your own food and enjoy it up there, it will be cheaper!
Written August 11, 2022
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Traveller162014
Leeds, UK704 contributions
This was definitely the highlight of our trip to Florence! We had to hike up the road as the stairs were closed, which was quite tiring but definitely worth it for the views. I'm not sure how exactly, but I think you can also get a bus there in case you can't walk it. We came here on two evenings for the sunset. The sunset was glorious and the views of Florence were simply beautiful. There were lots of nearby restaurants and cafes. We got a pizza takeaway on the way up on the second night and ate that while sipping on a bottle of rose wine - pure bliss!
There were buskers both nights. On the first night, loads of people were up dancing which was amazing - he really got the crowd going!
Only thing I would say is it is so, so busy! If you're thinking this is a quiet spot to enjoy the views, think again.
Written April 23, 2022
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Richard Wong
Hong Kong, China50 contributions
It gives you a panoramic view of Florence.

Tips: get there early morning or late afternoon to avoid heat and strong light. It'll be easier to take good photos. Especially Florence bathed in the sunset.

If you're sporty and active, you can ride a share-bike starting the center up to Piazzale Michelangelo, you may appreciate the view of the city, even find some hidden gems (who knows~)
Written July 23, 2022
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Marek V
Bratislava, Slovakia6 contributions
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This small square located at the southeastern part of Florence is a must visit if you are in the southern part of the Florence. There is a bronze statue of David and few souvenir shops and mobile coffee spots. It is located on the hill so it will take you a bit more to get there, or you can take a bus that goes directly to the square (I've enjoyed the walk). The square as it is located on the hill and at the corner of the Florence provides a beautiful sceneries of the whole city and a view of an incredibly imposant Italian sunset.
Written September 3, 2021
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Lee Ann Murray
Dallas, TX364 contributions
We were staying on the other side of the bridge so we took a cab to Piazzale Michelangelo around 3pm to have plenty of time to catch the sunset and wow, it was amazing. The views are spectacular, you can see the whole city and there are multiple places to take the perfect pictures so everyone wasn't crammed all into one. But the best picture is at the front of the tiny ice cream shop (that was closed when we went), but we snuck under the rope and it was the perfect place since it jutted out a bit. Afterwards we walked down the staircase back into town, stopping at the gardens.
Written December 4, 2021
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Ricardo L
Tel Aviv, Israel55 contributions
This is one of the highest points in the city, with the view of all Florence. We arrived with car (is outside the LTZ-limited transit zone), but for young people or just people that climbing to the top hill is not a problem, the little streets and view are great. Many like the "selfie with the city and the sunset", and I say just escape from this!! I dislike to be with a crowd, and it is not possible to enjoy of the landscape. My tip is: if you want to enjoy of the place, to arrive ( at Florence) not at holidays and vacation time. If you have no choice (maybe you depend of school's holidays) so go against the flock. Arrive here at dawn, or at sunset if cold. Two weeks ago we were there, and the Belvedere fortress was closed. If you can arrive when open, this will give you also a view of the hills surrounding the city, competing with the view of the city in beauty.
Written March 30, 2022
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Joyce H
Tampa, FL44 contributions
It was very crowded and extremely hot. my hotel was not very accomodating, not even in giving me bus route information or any tour information. Most people spoke no english or supposedly didn't speak it. And some people were downright rude. The galleries were beautiful but finding an elevator was difficult and I do have mobility problems. The hotel would call me a cab to go to my destinations but it was difficult to find a cab to return. All in all, not the great experience I had hoped for.
Written July 16, 2022
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Michelle M
Brindisi, Italy16 contributions
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We decided to save our feet and purchase bus tickets to the Piazza. It cost €1,50 pre-purchased at a tabaccheria. As soon as we got on the bus and validated the ticket, we had 90 minutes to use it as often as needed on other ATAF city buses. I believe routes #12 and #13 go there from the center. If you time it right, you can purchase one ticket per person, ride up to the piazza, enjoy the view for a while, then if you're still within the 90 minute validation time, get back on a bus to head back the way you came, or carry on toward the Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace with just a little stroll to get back across the Ponte Santa Trinita which has fantastic views of the river as well as a picture perfect position to capture the Ponte Veccio across the way. Great way to spend the afternoon on the other side of the river!!
Written January 27, 2020
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Mal
Blackburn, UK135 contributions
Stunning views over the city. A fair amount of steps to get up there if you're walking from the centre of Florence but it's well worth it. We stayed for the transition from light to dark, watching the sunset behind the hills surrounding the city and then watched as the street and building lights began to switch on
Written April 21, 2020
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