Florence from the top: Piazzale Michelangelo

Are you looking for a stunning view over Florence? Head to Piazzale Michelangelo! Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) is located in the Oltrarno district of Florence and has one of the most beautiful panoramic views over the Cradle of the Renaissance.
Florence from the Top [Photo Credits: Benson Kua]
Florence from the Top [Photo Credits: Benson Kua]
It is a perfect spot to catch a beautiful postcard of the city: come here at any time of the day and it will be breathtaking! Piazzale Michelangelo was designed by the architect Giuseppe Poggi during 1865-1870. At that time, Florence was the capital of Italy and the whole city was involved in an urban renewal. The square, dedicated to the great Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, has copies of some of his works: the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo. These copies are made of bronze, while the originals are all in white marble.
Piazzale Michelangelo [Photo Credits: Graeme Lee Pollard]
Piazzale Michelangelo [Photo Credits: Graeme Lee Pollard]
What can you see from Piazzale Michelangelo? The view embraces the town centre of Florence from Forte Belvedere to Santa Croce, across the Lungarni and the bridges crossing the Arno (including the famous Ponte Vecchio), the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the Bargello and the octagonal bell tower of the Badia Fiorentina. Not only Florence is included in the view: you can see also Settignano and Fiesole.
Sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo [Photo Credits: Andy Hay]
Sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo [Photo Credits: Andy Hay]
What can you find in Piazzale Michelangelo? As said above, you can see copies of some of the most famous statues of Michelangelo made of bronze. Most of Piazzale Michelangelo is a parking lot, so you can come here to enjoy the view.
David in Piazzale Michelangelo [Photo Credits: Bhavishya Goel]
David in Piazzale Michelangelo [Photo Credits: Bhavishya Goel]
How to arrive to Piazzale Michelangelo? You can arrive at Piazzale Michelangelo by car thanks to the tree-lined road Viale Michelangelo, or by walking the stairs or going up the ramps from the Piazza Giuseppe Poggi, also known as the "Poggi Ramps" in the district of San Niccolò down to Porta San Niccolò with its breath-taking tower. It can be reached also by taking either bus 12 or 13 from the center or the red two-level sightseeing tour bus.