Where to find Great Views, Florence
The best thing is the scenic drive with bus number 12 up to the Piazzale Micheangelo, where you get an amazing view over the city... The drive up there is wonderful too, cause it leads through the charming hills that surrounding Florence in the south!
Fondest memory: The thick stones the buildings are build of sometimes are great in a typical way. All houses are so beautiful. I also loved the copy of the 'David' statue on the Piazza del Signoria. I didn´t thought that it was that huge! And the view from the Giotto´s Tower was amazing, but the stairs up there were a lot!
What I miss most? The wonderful Italian food!!!!!!
Locals make tehmselves available to show visitors their favourite views, bars, restaurants, shops and secret spots.
As alternative to mass tourism, this is a different way to explore the city as a inside perspective.
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Fondest memory: The most unforgettable moment I had in Florence was when I had my first pizza.
No metter where you go, no metter how simple the bar is you will always have an incredible pizza experience.
The gardens are worth a look.
Open daily in June/July from 9 am to 7:30 pm, September/October and April/May from 9 am to 6:30 pm, November to February from 9 am to 4:30 pm and March 9 am to 5:30 pm. It's also closed the first and last Monday of the month.
It is obvious why painters have always flocked to Italy. The colors are remarkable. Watching this city in sunlight, dawn, dusk, rain... it is ever-changing and always breathtaking.
Fondest memory: Wandering around... the beauty, the food, the people.
The Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore, 1463), the enormous florentine cathedral. It is the fourth biggest church in Europe, and its dome dominates the landscape on any postcard of the city.
In front the Duomo lies the Batisterio, from the 4th Century, which makes it one of the oldest buildings in Florence. That's where many Florentine were baptised, including Dante.
Proceed to PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO where at the terrace you'll get a panoramic view of Florence.
Fondest memory: I love the picturesque view of many European cities from mountain tops. Florence, Edinburgh, Salzburg & Lugano all has $million views! Exquisite!
Fondest memory: Most likely my fondest memory of my entire trip was my time spent on the top of the Dome. The entire experience was incredible, beyond words. I just remember it was a partly cloudy day heading towards a clear night and we were one of the last sets of people to head up to the top. The setting sun breaking through the clouds iluminating different parts of Florence and the hills around it will be something I carry with me for the rest of my life. I will do my best to place the rest of this memory and my other Florentine experiences into a travelogue soon. This is a view from atop the Dome which is similar to my many pics... The church just left of center is where Michaelangelo is buried, if I remember correctly.
It's all on one place You can walk to see most important places in Florence: the Dome, Piazza Signoria and Uffizi Gallery, Pinte Vecchio.But You must see great panorama view from Piazzale Michelangelo not far from city and surrounding monasteries of Toscana and wineyards, of cource producing world famous Toscana Classic red wine.
Fondest memory: It was great night life on piazza della Republica.
I would say this is the best place to have a complete view of all the city of Florence and surroundings. It is a wide terrace from where it is possible to admire one of the most superb views of the city nestling in the Arno valley, surrounded by gently sloping hills. In the centre of the square stands the Monuments to Michelangelo (1875) with a bronze reproduction of the four statues depicting Day, Night, Dawn and Dusk, dominated by the statue of David. On the hill behind Piazzale Michelangelo stands the Church of San Miniato al Monte.
THE CATHEDRAL AND BELL TOWER
One of my favourite buildings is the Brunelleschi´s dome, visible from anywhere and part of the magical Florence's skyline. The richly ornamental facades of the Duomo never fail to impress, and it is one of the richest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy. The adjacent bell-tower, begun by Giotto in 1334, rises to 85 metres high and a climb up its 414 steps is rewarded with some splendid views (see photo).
Favorite thing: Watch the sunset from the Ponte Vecchio over the River Arno. The shops on the bridge have housed various businesses for hundreds of years. Now they are the place to shop for gold jewelry. There are so many choices it is mind boggling. As I looked out the window from one of the stores I noticed a rather large brown creature swimming in the river. I hoped that it was a muscrat or a beaver, but I realized when it made its way to the bank that it was the largest RAT I had ever seen. Observe the Arno from a safe distance.
Fondest memory: Sitting on Ponte Vecchio in the evening listening to the buskers, watching the street artists and eating chocolate icecream! Each place we went to after Florence, we tried to find a 'Ponte Vecchio' - a special place we would end up at each evening. In Rome it was the Pantheon, in Naples the steps outside our hotel(!), in Siracuse the seafront and in Venice the bar near our hotel. Apart from the PAntheon (maybe) nothing could compare to Vecchio!
Just outside the Palazzo Vecchio, next to the Uffizi gallery, runs the Via dei Leoni, named after the lions housed in this street - mascots of the Medicis, they were previously housed in the Piazza della Signoria, but Cosimo I didn't like the smell & moved the stables here.
The photo shows the street from the Palazza Vechhio.
drive up to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo. You definitely won't regret it.
From here, you can see the finest views in all of Florence. Those with great stamina may even wish to walk/ stroll up to the top of the hill overlooking the River Arno. The Piazzale Michelangelo will then be a well deserved reward for you! For the art lovers amongst us, there's even a bronze copy of the real 'David' statue located in the center of the square!
Going to the top of the Duomo is definetely a great experience. For those who have the energy to walk some 400 steps (takes 15 minutes to get all the way to the top), I would greatly recommend it. The view from there gives you a beautiful scenery of the city.
Visiting the Uffizi Gallery (for those who love Renaissance Art)and the Boboli Gardens (for those who love nature), both are must see places. The Arno River is right in front of the Uffizi Gallery, where the view of the Ponte Vecchio can be seen.
Piazza della Signoria (which is right next to the Uffizi Gallery) contains the Palazzo Vecchio, which is also a very interesting place to go. It's like the 1500's and the 1600's coming alive right before your eyes.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Florence would have to be walking through the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria at night. The temperature is great, (no higher than 65 F) in the summer, and everyone is out. Lots of restaurants are located throughout the enchanted city.