Piazalle Michelangelo, Florence

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    Viewing Point

    by Acirfa Written Oct 9, 2007

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    Bronze copy of David
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    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.

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    The best view of Florence

    by AlexDJ Written Jan 8, 2006

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    sunset in Florence

    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!

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    Best view of the city

    by rexvaughan Written Jan 26, 2005

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    Here he is again

    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.

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    Piazzale Michelangelo

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 7, 2011

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    Piazzale Michelangelo was designed in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi who's idea was to built the huge terrace dedicated to Michelangelo where copies of his most important works would be displayed. Poggi also designed hillside building with the loggia as museum for Michelangelo's works but this project was never realized, that building is now a restaurant. In fact, the only realized idea by Poggi is the bronze copy of David which occupying the central position of the square.
    Piazzale Michelangelo offers magnificent panoramic views of Florence and the Arno valley and is very popular spot with locals and tourists.

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    Great panoramic view and "struscio"

    by Alex_71 Written Nov 2, 2007

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    Piazzale Michelangelo (called simply "il piazzale")is one of the most romantic and panoramic point of Florence. It's really amazing and breathless becouse you can admire all the city and in the clear days you can see also the hills around until Fiesole.
    It's a place that is very common for the "struscio". What is struscio? Well it's a gergal world that means going in places where there are lots of girls and lots of guys for knowing new persons. It's usual to see girls stopped by guys just for a talk and for a drink...so it's a flirting place:-)
    During the "San Giovanni" day, it's closed to the traffic 'couse from here there are the fireworks. The best place to watch at fireworks is not here but close to the Arno river that is closed to the car and it's just a pedestrian area from the 10 pm to 10:40 pm..that's the time of the fireworks

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    Piazza Michaelangelo

    by kcochran111 Written Apr 17, 2003

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    Firenza panorama

    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.

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    The best place to take a photo

    by Karahan Written Nov 5, 2006

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    Florence is lying down front of you
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    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.

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    Piazzale Michelangelo

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jun 17, 2012

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    View at Florence from Piazelle Michelangelo
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    Piazzale Michelangelo was designed in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi. Today, the piazza is filled with tourists, vendors, and a bronze replica of Michelangelo's David.
    It offers panoramic views of Florence and the Arno valley and is a popular spot with locals and tourists.
    Created as part of major restructuring of the city walls in 1869, Poggi's sumptuous terrace is typically 19th century. Poggi designed a monument base dedicated to Michelangelo, where copies of Michelangelo's works, including the David and Medici chapel sculptures from San Lorenzo would be displayed. When the terrace was finished, Poggi designed the hillside building with loggia as a museum for Michelangelo's works. For some reason, Poggi's project was not realized as it was intended.
    The building that was to be a museum is now a restaurant.

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    Piazzale Michelangelo

    by aliante1981 Updated Nov 23, 2003

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    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

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    Piazza Michelangelo

    by SabrinaSummerville Updated Oct 9, 2006

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    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.

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    Lots of views

    by olgaehr Updated Jan 18, 2008

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    The hike up the hill to Piazzale Michelangelo is a bit rough but there is another way on the other side which is not very hill, but you may get lost without the map or just end up in someone's villa with big dogs barking at you(like we did)

    Once you reach the plaza there is a bronze copy of David is placed right in the center of the hill

    But besides the statue there are just gorgeous views of the city, bridges, cathedrals and Tuscan hills. Lots of wonderful picture views.

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    Piazzale Michelangelo

    by Redang Updated Oct 5, 2007

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    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.

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    Great view!

    by alemir82 Updated Apr 6, 2006

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    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.

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    THE view of Florence

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 6, 2005

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    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.

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    Less known but Numero Uno for me!

    by seasonedveteran Written Apr 19, 2008

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    Highly prized on my tourist goals is the vantage point to snap about at the panorama view of Florence. Usually Cathedrals do the job, or a tower, but here you must either find a bus or, like myself, walk! I suggest walking, because the path is really pleasant, with vegetation and flowers lining your climb up the numberous stone steps, and winding through the gently rising italian neighbourhoods villa, cobblestones, flowerpot wooden windowsills, typical italian....

    Once arrived, you can see florence as a whole, with detiorating but charming villa houses in various orientations, the beautiful river, and the Cathedral dwarfing all other entities by the hand of God. the Cathedral is a ship in the middle of the ocean. but perfectly harmonious with the naval dome.

    I saw it at night; florence does not have many city lights, which adds to the charm and small italian feeling.

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