Piazzale Michelangelo

When visiting Florence, Italy, taking the time to walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo is an absolute must. There is obviously the bronze replica of Michelangelo’s statue of David, but the real reason is the see the breathtaking views of the city. From the square, there are panoramic views of everything from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, to the hillsides outside of Florence.

View of the Duomo
Replica of David
Hillsides in the Distance
Enjoying the View

We were there during the off-season, so the crowds were light, but we can only imagine how crowded the square must be during the summer. There are plenty of vendors selling food and souvenirs as well as a full service restaurant where you can sit down and enjoy a nice glass of wine. Florence is one of the most beautiful, old-world cities and seeing it from the piazza really allows you to fully appreciate how stunning it truly is.

Old Wall Around the City
Not Too Many Tourists
Ponte Vecchio

It is not an easy walk to reach the Piazzale Michelangelo, but it is more than worth the effort. Seeing Florence from the heights above the city was definitely a highlight of our visit. Of course we enjoyed walking the narrow streets, looking up at the Duomo, and seeing the amazing architecture up close, but seeing the whole city at once was even more spectacular. Everyone visiting Florence should definitely put this on their itinerary.

Panoramic View
Walking Up to the Piazza
The Arno River


15 thoughts on “Piazzale Michelangelo”

  1. Very timely posting for us–we are taking a train from Rome to Florence tomorrow, and spending eight days there. If you have any other suggestions about Florence we would love to hear them
    –Claudette & Bob from San Francisco (visiting Italy for the first time.)

    1. Sorry for the delayed response, we were traveling. Florence is beautiful. Try to see some of the sites at different times of the day, the light really changes the view. We were recently told we should have gone to Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset, they said it is the best sunset ☺

  2. Oh my gosh! I’m breathing heavy with the memory of that trek. I did it this February when it was quite chilly. By the time I reached the top my coat was off, the sweater was off, and I was a big heap of sweat. I was in a TEFL class and one of the cultural awareness projects was to go San Miniato al Monte. Yes, I kept hiking… I couldn’t understand the point to the cemetery visit until I went around the corner and saw the view. INCREDIBLE!

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