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Sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo
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Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence's most famous panoramic spot

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Piazzale Michelangelo can be defined as Florence’s most famous vantage point. On the right, you’ll find the picturesque church San Salvatore al Monte, created in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century. Its design is highly appreciated for the simplicity of its line and the nobility of its architectural elements by Simone del Pollaiolo. This church was particularly pleasing to Michelangelo, who described it as ‘la bella Villanella.’ Piazzale Michelangelo was designed by the architect Giuseppe Poggi during 1865-1870. He conceived it as the fulcrum of the Oltrarno boulevards, which wind their way between Porta Romana and Porta S. Niccolò.  At the center of the square, the monument to Michelangelo is decorated with bronze replicas of some of his masterpieces in Florence including the famous David and the statues for the Medici tombs in the New Sacristy of San Lorenzo. Visitors will be astounded by the lovely view overlooking the city. From the square, you can take the monumental stone steps and descend down to Porta San Niccolò with its breath-taking tower.

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If you are visiting Tuscany you cannot miss Florence. The Renaissance city is a treasure trove of art with an astonishing contemporary vibe. Beyond the extraordinary artistic heritage, a testimony to its centuries of civilization, the best way to enjoy Florence is to stroll along the riverside avenues at sunset, or to get lost among the city’s myriad alleyways of the bohemian Oltrarno or the ...