A splendorous walk, albeit up a fairly steep hill and it's worth every step, the views at the top are fantastic. Overlooking all of Florence to one side and the rolling hills of Tuscany on the other.
Street vendors line the piazza and along with a couple of restaurants to take a rest in and just marvel at the sights.
Another copy of David stands in the centre of the Piazza, this time a bronze one.
On the way in the arches you will notice a cluster of stalactites forming on them caused by the constant running of water froma stream over many years.
The Piazza is easy to find, just follow the track keeping in view the tower in Piazza Poggi which sits at the base of the hill upon which the Piazza Michelangelo is.
It's not in the city centre as you can see from the pics. If you travel alone, I mean, without a guided tour or package, you can go there either by public transportation/taxi or on foot. I recommend the latter.
In the center of the piazzale, there is a copy of David, the famous sculpture by Michelangelo, now in the Calleria della Accademia (Academy Museum).
How to get there:
From the city centre, cross the river along Ponte alle Grazie and walk to Via di San Niccolò, then, turn left. Cross under Porta San Miniato and walk up to the steps (162) you will see on your left, but don't get scared, it's not too steepy and it's surrounded by trees; then, you will reach the Piazzale. The view will pay you.
The Chiesa/Church di San Miniato al Monte is very close; have a look at my tip dedicated to it.
Piazzale Michelangelo is up on a hill on the other side of the Arno. It's a nice walk up there, not too steep, but high enough so that can enjoy the wonderful view on Florence. There are some restaurants and some artists, trying to sell their paintings. But no painting could measure up to the wonderful view you have from there.
Only from up there can you realize how massive and how huge the Duomo is and how it dominates the "skyline" of Florence.
Looking towards the other side of the piazza, you can see what's left of the old city wall of Florence.
Get an amazing view of the city from Piazza Michelangelo. Looking down on the city you can see all the prominent landmarks. If you haven't already noticed the beauty of the city, you will at this point.
If you interested in photos, this is the place where you can see whole city and you can take landscape frames there. You can walk if you like (i prefer walking to see lots of things instead of taking a bus) or take a bus up to the hill. No. 12 and 13 depart from Santa Maria Novella (main train station area) and it takes 15 to 20 minutes ride to get there.
There is a copy of David statue too but not perfect at all. There are also some souvenir kiosks that you can find similar things as in city center. Another good thing about Michelangelo Hill is to be close to Boboli Gardens.
I saw Florence on a day trip and our guide's original intention was to take us first to the Piazza Michelangelo and then on the city tour. Unfortunately, as we were caught in traffic for hours, we went straight for the City tour and visited the Piazza on our way home.
One way or other it is a spectacular spot from which to view all of Florence. I would love to come here at sunrise or sunset and watch the changing light over the city.
The Piazza is in Oltarano, which is at the opposite side of the river Arno.
As well as providing a great viewing point for Florence, it is also the home of one of the infamous copies of the statue of David.
Be prepared for the hawkers and stalls that make it almost impossible to get a clear photograph of anything but the city from here.
Hike or take a city bus across the Arno and up the hill. You'll find the Piazza de Michaelangelo and the most fantastic views of Florence and the surrounding countryside. From the Piazza, you can see all the major attractions of the city. Look to your right or left and you can also see the remnants of the medieval walls which once surrounded the city.
To hike to the Piazza, cross the Ponte Vecchio and turn right. Walk a few blocks until you come to the Piazza Poggi. From there you can follow the stairs up the hill to the Piazza. It's not a long walk and since there are less tourists on that side of the river, you can enjoy a more leisurely pace.
Piazzale Michelangelois one of the first places you should go in Florence is the 19th century lookout of Piazzale Michelangelo. Spread out before you is a tapestry right out of the medieval ages. You will see the dome and vast bulk of the Cathedral surrounded by the towers and bell towers, Santa Croce, the Arno river which meanders under age old bridges and the Florentine hills in the background.
At the enter of the square is a copy of the David commemorating Michelangelo. In May, the Giardino dell'Iris (Iris Garden) off the piazza is abloom with more than 2,500 varieties of the flower. The Giardino delle Rose (Rose Garden) on the terraces below the piazza is also in full swing May and June.
The view of the city is spectacular.
This is the place you want to come for the perfect photo spot of the city. It is a pleasant, if not long, walk up from the Arno. There is a nice cafe to sit and enjoy the afternoon overlooking the city. We got here early, so we avoided the wave of tour buses that seemed to be arriving as we left.
I stayed in Florence for two days but I went there twice! It is such a nice place to go and to rest. In fact i saw this place in a Hongkong TV play in which the main actor and actress kisses there! When I went there I also saw a lot of couples kissing there coz it is really a romantic place!
Basically this piazza is on a small hill and you need to take some stairs to get there. The way to the piazza is nice too and you will enjoy both the nature, the great air and the wonderful Florence architecture view as well. In the piazza there is a "David" but it is not the real one but anyway, the point is not that, right? From this piazza you can get the best view of the whole Florence. There is a small bar. Take a seat there and enjoy the gelato there!
I suggest you go there in a good weather coz sunny day will be better for taking photos. Watching sunset is also a good choice there!
I made the long trek up to the top of the hill, but the view is well worth it. a free and stunning view of the florence skyline. we even met a wonderful old man who was a native of florence, and he took us all over and told us amazing details about the city's history and historic churches. having that experience was irreplaceable.
If you have a good amout of time in Florence take bus 12 or 13 and walk down from the Piazelle Michelangelo. It was too cold for us fully enjoy it but it would be a great walk in warmer weather. Do ot miss any of the major attractions for it but if you've got the time it is highly enjoyable.
Piazzale Michelangelo is the place where you can see a beautiful views of the city. The square has a copy of Michelangelo's David.
I suggest you to watch the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo: it's amazing!
Another replica of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ stands here. But you won’t come here to see the replica. You will come here for the fantastic views of Firenze that are on offer and you will definitely not be the only tourist up here. But don’t worry, Piazzale Michelangelo covers a large area, you will be able to find a spot of your own.
I came up here twice, once there was a storm (and my friends I took cover underneath a street food vendor, enjoying hot dogs and pizza until the storm passed). I then came up here again the next day and as you will see from my travelogue on Piazzale Michelangelo, there were excellent views. Apart from tourists you will also find people selling their artwork, laid out for you to see along the footpaths.
My advice though – if you want to beat the crowds get there early in the morning.
Piazalle Michelangelo is the highest point in the city, across the Arno from the main tourist sights. It's filled with locals and tourists alike looking for a great vantage point. Try to be there to watch the sunset because Florence looks really magical with the sun reflecting off the marble buildings and the sky changing colours.