A local Florentine told us that regardless of where in Florence they get married, bridal parties come here to pose for pictures. It is also perfect for great panorama photos. Although you can walk from town, it's a long sloping uphill walk and is really tough in the heat. So, all you hiker-types better bring plenty of water.
High above the city sits the Piazza Michaelangelo. A wedding party was being photographed on the afternoon we climbed up to see the view. It's truly spectacular and don't miss this.
Yes, the tourists all stop here but it is a great overall view of the city. You can see all of the large architectural monuments of Florence towering over the rooftops: the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce, etc. And San Miniato is just up the street from here. Check out the scaled down version of David that is a fountain next to the parking lot.
Piazzale Michelangelo is a wonderful square with a huge statue of David. It is across the Arno from the main part of town and offers magnificent views of Florence and the surrounding area. There are some very nice gardens and a wonderful Romanesque church, San Miniato, just across the street.
Visit the Piazale Michelangelo. From here, especially by night, you have the most beautiful sight of the city. It´s quite a lot walk, but is all through wonderful environment. And the view at the top of the Dome, the Uffizi, the Ponte Vecchio and a the other beauty of the city make it all worth it.
Piazzale Michelangelo is located on top of the hill on the opposite side of the river to the centre of Florence.
From here you get magnificent views across this beautiful city.
You can catch the bus here, or do what we did and walk up the steep winding road that leads you up to the top of the hill.... it is a great way to burn off some of the previous days pizza (or a good excuse for that gelato later!!).
There are a couple of places to sit and have a drink or snack, and the usual tourist souvenirs.
I like to think of the Piazzale Michaelangelo as having one of the best views of Florence in Florence. It is also home to what I call the "Green David" because this particular David is covered by a greenish oxidization that is characteristic of the bronze metal replica.
The terrace offers spectacular views of Florence and the Arno River. It is particularly breathtaking and romantic at night. I recommend you come during the day and then also during the evening. It is not a far walk from most points in Florence, but far enough that you might want to take a bus there if you are too tired to walk.
Perched on the Piazzale Michaelangelo, watching the sun go down, over one of the most scenic and rich in culture cities in the world......... there is nothing like it!!!!!
The panoramic views are breath-taking over the entire city, and stretch deep into the horizon beyond the distant Tuscan hills.
Guiseppe Poggi originally constructed the Piazzale in the 1860s, and dotted copies of Michaelangelos statues everywhere for good measure.
I visited its many balconies early on in my stay, and fell in love with the romance of the city at that monent. It is a hugely evocative and indulgent spot....one not to be missed!!
(Just try to steer clear of the crowds of souvenir sellers).
...overlooks one of the most famous and magnificent city views in the world: from here you can see the whole Florence.
We went there by car and the roads were beautiful, with many imposing Villas to dream of...
Though I don't recommend walking up the hill to Piazzale Michelangelo to all, everyone who comes to Florence should be taken to this beautiful park above the city. With breathtaking views of the buildings of the city, Duomo, Campanile and Arno, there is no better place to enjoy a picnic or quietly sit and absorb Florence's splendor. If you happen to miss Michelangelo's David in the Academia, there is a reproduction atop this hill. Though it can get somewhat crowded and tourist-laden, this piazza is worth the effort getting here; whether by foot or other means.
The view of Florence from atop the Piazelle Michelangelo is at the top of my list of most memorable experiences in life. You don't truely appreciate the entire Florence experience untill you make it here. You can see everything. It almost brings me to a loss of words how beautiful the view is.
We took the bus up to this area because our guidebook said it was one of the greatest places to view the city. It was not wrong about that. We got there just before the sun started to set, which was great at the time, but our pictures didn't turn out so great.
Just about every tourist stops here for the panorama. I was not an exception, I must admit. The terrace was laid out in 1885 to give a breathtaking vista of the entire city of Florence, spread out in the Arno valley just below the viewer and backed by the green hills of Fiesole beyond the actual city of Florence. This is where you go if you are a freak of low-aerial photography, because the pictures one gets are worthy of postcards, the best of them:))) The monument to Michelangelo in the center of the piazza is made up of bronze replicas of David and his Medici chapel sculptures. I would have been surprised if there were not a single monument to Michelangelo in Florence, but, perhaps, the whole city can be regarded as a monument to himý
Overlooking Florence, Piazza Michaelangelo was named for the bronze replica of David that reigns over the square. Offering a gorgeous view of the city, this is the place to take frameable pictures of Florence.
In this place there is a monument dedicated to Michelangelo. In fact, is a copy of one of his masterpieces: David.
But the most important of this place its not the monument, but the unforgetable view of the city and the Arno. There is a sort of balcony where the best pictures can be taken, specially in sunset time.