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Piazzale Michelangelo Florence

The square with the best view of Florence (Firenze)

Piazzale Michelangelo

On top of a hill in Florence, Piazzale Michelangelo square has some replicas of Michelangelo statues. This is the place for the best panorama of Florence Italy.

Info Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence

Location The Piazzale Michelangelo is a little further away from all other sights (for example, 1.8 kilometers away from the central Duomo). You can reach the square in the following ways:
  • On foot from the city: You can choose to walk a bit steeply uphill. Option 1: You start at the bottom of Piazza Giuseppe Poggi (located next to the river) after which you reach Piazzale Michelangelo in a nice 10 minute walk. Option 2: You can follow Via di San Niccolo, which will take you for a nice walk through Porta San Miniato.
  • On foot from the Boboli Gardens: Are you coming from the Boboli Gardens? Then you can take a 1.5 kilometer walk on Via di Belvedere, walking along a long stretch of the city wall.
  • By car: You will arrive via Via Michelangiolo. There are some necessary parking spaces where you can temporarily park your car for a small amount of money.
  • Hop on hop off bus: In Florence, the hop on hop off bus also stops at Piazzale Michelangelo, ideal if you don't want to take the walk. More information about these tourist buses. You can also take the public bus '12' to the piazzale.

Tip Now that you are already this far uphill, I also recommend that you continue walking for 8 minutes to the San Miniato al Monte. A beautiful church on the same hill.

Panoramic view of the Piazzale Michelangelo

The Piazzale Michelangelo is an 1860 square by Giuseppe Poggi and is full of replicas of Michelangelo statues, including a second copy of the David (the original is in the Accademia Gallery). The Piazza is located on a hill, giving you a beautiful 360 degree view of Florence and the surrounding area. Take photos of the winding river Arno, the Ponte Vecchio, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, the Santa Croce basilica and of course the Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo) and enjoy the view over the Florentine skyline and the Tuscan hills.

The sights on the piazzale

At the center of the Piazzale Michelangelo is a memorial to Michelangelo, consisting of the David surrounded by four statues that were to be officially placed on the tomb of Lorenzo and Giuliano de Medici. A loggia has been built behind the statue, where Poggi actually wanted to display all of Michelangelo's sculptures. This never happened and nowadays there is a restaurant in the loggia.

Piazzale MichelangeloThe cozy Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo FlorenceView from Piazza Michelangelo of Florence

Reach the square

Since the Piazza Michelangelo is located on a hill, it is quite a steep climb. However, you don't have to get bored on the road. You are sure to encounter a high watchtower, the Porta San Niccolò, which once formed a gate in the defensive walls of Florence. Arnolfo di Cambio designed the gate and defensive walls in 1324, but in the nineteenth century much of the defensive walls were demolished due to urban renewal. The tower was spared, as it gave a beautiful view of the city. The tower can be climbed and has only 160 steps to the top.

Monument Michelangelo FlorenceThe monument in honor of Michelangelo
rose garden FlorenceFolon el i Giardino delle Rose, the rose garden

Giardino delle Rose (rose garden)

Another attraction hat you will encounter on the way to Piazzale Michelangelo is the Giardino delle Rose or the rose garden park. The Giardino also offers a magnificent view of the city, as the rose garden is located on the slope of the hill on which the Piazzale is located. Poggi also designed this garden park for the city Florence, as it had become the capital of Italy in 1865. Attilio Pucci turned it into rose gardens for the first time around 1895, when the park was also opened to the public. Today, the rose garden park also houses a Japanese garden and the statues of the Flemish sculptor Folon, donated to Florence by his widow.

San Miniato al Monte

From all over Florence, the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte can be seen on top of the hill. From Piazzale Michelangelo this is no more than an eight minute walk up the hill. More info in the extensive article about the church.

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