Highlight of my Florence visit, for sure!
Make sure you mentally (and perhaps physically) ready yourself for the hike to Piazzale Michelangelo. The view from there is sooo worth it!
My gf and I hobbled up there around 6:30pm on a Sunday evening and took a seat on the stairs with tons of other sunset seekers. The sun was slowly making it's way down onto the city of Florence and we were treated to sounds from the guitarist strumming away and singing some familiar tunes.
The sunset itself was just SO gorgeous - pictures and words definitely do not do it justice. I loved every minute of it.
Until I tripped on a random step and fractured my foot. But that's another story. Bottom line - come enjoy the sunset but BE CAREFUL of where you're stepping ... or in my case, not stepping. But if I had to choose a moment to remember my shortlived Italy trip, this would be it. :)
Easily the highlight of Florence, and free too!
Though the hike up takes maybe around 15 minutes if you're very good and just take the straight route up, if you'd like to take a bit of a detour and have some time, halfway up the stairs, they have a Rose Garden that gives you another great view of Florence. This place is obviously prime for sunset. You can see Florence's main attractions and tallest buildings as well as the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio. It's great for sunset since you get to see all the streetlights that line the Arno which surprisingly makes for a very picturesque sight. You can basically see the entire Florence and surrounding area and get a nice 360 panorama of the area.
We were lucky to catch the place during sunset and there was a guitarist playing an impromptu concert on the steps the Piazza. Everyone was there with their beer and wine, and it was just a really, really nice moment. You listened to some mellow early evening music while watching the sun set over the Florence landscape. It was perfection.
tldr; a great highlight of Florence, and a wonderful place to see the entire city!
Spent 25ish minutes making the walk here from our hostel with our friends. It's a hell of a hike, so be prepared. The walk itself is really beautiful going through a club-like area, which was unexpected, and then some gorgeous steps surrounded by huge healthy trees.
Once we got to the top, there were many people around including people trying to sell some cheap knockoffs. I was able to get a pair of sunglasses for about 2 euros when the guy started me at 30. Just for kicks.
The view was absolutely amazing. All of Florence lit up right underneath our noses, a really elegant orange glow from the street lights and the cars. We could see spires, squares, statues, our hostel. Everything of Florence could be seen here sitting right in front of the mountains. This is absolutely worth every waking moment we spent in Italy and in Europe.
The best view and hike in Florence! Omg so much to see in this tiny historical landmark! Be careful with pesky gipsys and don't take the bus or expensive long cab ride up there! Hike instead! It's an easy climb up and down even for beginners! Florence is magical and this place during sunset WIOW!
If you're traveling in Florence, it's not worth your visit, if you haven't been to the Piazzale Michelangelo. This is a MUST SEE on your list.
I was telling our guide, 40 years ago, we were in Florence, and we had our photo taken in front of a dark statue of Michelangelo. She said, the original statue is inside the Accademia Gallery, and there are duplicated statues everywhere! But she didn't tell me where this one was found, and during our trip, I've been looking for it, even asked our Italy Tour Guide, and he has NO IDEA WHERE IT WAS. I told him, we were up on a hill. . . . but he didn't know since there are many hills too! I was saddened, but suddenly the bus was going up this hill, and there it was, the SAME LOCATION where we saw the 'dark statue, and I was like a little girl in a candy store again. The happiest minutes left of Florence I FOUND the location where we were 40 years ago on our honeymoon.
This is the spot, where you want to PROPOSE for marriage. This is the spot, you will never forget, and this is the same spot, you'll end up in your old age.
Go here! You won't want to leave. This is why I want to come back to Florence again and again and again!
This piazzale is DEFINITELY one of the BEST views of Florence at dusk! We grabbed some wine, cheese, desserts at a local grocery store and walked up these long steps to get to this piazzale. Make sure you don't get caught up taking photos at the top (with the white walls), as I think the best view is actually at the bottom of the viewing point. You'll see what I mean when you get there. There are essentially 2 tiers so to speak, and the best view point is right outside of the restaurant (not on top of the restaurant). :)
I took so many photos, and I just wish I had a better camera. haha
No matter though, we got some nice photos of the sun coming down and the glow of dusk. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. A great sight to see, and so glad we took this lil' trip (it's quite a walk) to Piazzale Michelangelo.
Yup, it's a nice view of the city.
Getting there is a bit hilly but easy to navigate as there are plenty of signs along the way. Also, it's not as far as we originally thought (maybe a mile) from the city center.
The cafes at the vista didn't look that appetizing, but we didn't try any, so I could be wrong.
Go for the view and, if you have time, check out the rose garden.
Beautiful views of Florence!
You definitely get the best views of Florence and the rolling Tuscan hills here. It's a great photo opportunity, but there isn't much else going on except a bunch of street vendors attempting to sell you Firenze paraphernalia and terrible tourist food (in Italy, my time is limited, and my stomach capacity must be filled with worthy calories).
Oh, and David. Cept he's all tarnished. I prefer my bronze men bronze.
The main reason I'm docking a star on this attraction is because there are no bathrooms. There's a single porta-potty near the flower gardens. It seemed unmaintained, as there was no toilet paper. This was by far the worst porta-potty I've ever seen (or ahem, smelled). I am convinced that nobody actually uses the toilet, instead eliminating right there on the floor (yeah, the floor was covered with a large puddle - or let's say pond, more appropriately). It was awful.
But, it is free. So go, take your photos, but make sure you have food plans for later. And definitely use the restroom before the hike to the top of the Piazzale.
Piazza Michelangelo is probably what made me fall in-love not just with Italy but Florence. This is the BEST spot to capture the essence of all of Florence. You will get the best photos EVER. This piazza overlooks all of Florence. And there's little souvenir stands, cafes, etc. The most romantic setting to bring the love of your life if you ask me. Whether you're at the cafe that plays beautiful music, having a bite to eat with all of firenze in front of you , or even if you are sitting on the stairways with other tourists enjoying the view with you it is the place to be. Please don't miss this opportunity if you are in Florence.
This is the best place to get a panoramic view of Florence.
As you drive here, you will pass hills upon hills of Italian villas and once you reach the top, the view of Florence will come before your eyes. It's perfect any time of the day really, but to fully appreciate the view...I suggest coming here and watching the sunrise, or alternatively watching the sunset. It's not that hard to kill a few hours here...simply get a loaf of bread, some meat and a bottle (or three) of wine and have yourself a picnic with some good company.
There are many things that others say that one "must do" in Florence, but seriously no one should come to Florence, and not come to Piazzale Michelangelo to see the view of this incredible place. [:
When I was living in Florence for a semester we took the bus up to the Piazza Michelangelo a few times to escape the hustle and bustle of the City. If you happen to be here when there aren't bus loads of tourists you'll enjoy hearing the quiet buzz of the City. The views from up here are beautiful day or night.
Incredible view of Florence and close enough to walk from the center. The only downside is that I have been flashed twice while making that walk, but now it's become sort of funny. Buses 12 and 13 connect the center to the piazza and the area nearby is considered where the "nobles" or rich expats reside.
I recommend packing a picnic & bottle of wine to sit on the steps and watch the sunset over the city. Also the famous San Miniato church is just above the piazza and is well worth a visit. Also the famous Flo lounge & Piazzale del gusto are nearby.
Yup, what everyone else said! The best pictures in the house! We even sat up there for a beer. But beware of the black market selling purses in the back corner. Always dangerous.
This truly captures a beautiful view of the city, and all of its wonders. The statue there is a great feature of being here, and the possibilities of great photos are endless.
This is a must visit place in Florence for an amazing view of the city. We visited this site on our bike tour of Florence and stopped for about 15 minutes to take pictures.
The first time I laid my eyes on bella Firenze on top of Piazza Michelangelo, my heart skipped a beat and the sight took my breathe away. Actually I was still panting from the walk up the thousand stairs. But nonetheless, this was the exact place, I decided that I was moving to Florence, Italy. All because of Piazza Michelangelo.
I manifested seeing myself run up the steps every morning to what seemed was the top of the world and I fell in love with a city whom embraced me with open arms. I was hooked.
While the city slept on certain mornings, I would have a torrid love affair with just me and the sights. I was in love. The little red roof tops with the sprinkles of the Uffizi tower and the top of the Duomo. And on certain sunsets, I watched the sun dip into the horizon, while having a glass of vino on the steps of Piazza Michelangelo.
Other than the view, you can take a walk around, maybe have a gelato, for the experience, but the gelato around the area is non va bene. Watch the many weddings going on. Last time I was there, I counted 12 weddings happening at the same time. Hang out, enjoy, take in the scenary. You won't be disappointed. Promise.
Just Go. SERIOUSLY. If you are in Florence, you MUST go here. No question.
A great little hike, the most amazing view of florence, and....... GO. PLEASE don't whine about the little hike or stairs (depending on which way you took)... I used to run up here every day for months in 100 degree heat!
Bring some vino and admire the view.
Wowww ....what an amazing view of the city !!
When in florence make the time to take the tour either walking or by bus it is completely worth it.
Best way to see how beautiful the city looks. not much else to do here or see other than the surrounding area. if u are with a tour , u have time to look around take pics & just relax & enjoy the scenery it is just simply beautiful.
If you go to Florence this is a MUST! We walked from the Ponte Vecchio up to Piazzale Michelangelo (it's a bit of a hike with uphill stretches), but the view at the top is BEAUTIFUL. We went right before sunset and were able to see the transition from day to night overlooking the city of Florence. It was such an incredible experience and very romantic! The best spot for photos is at the very corner of the left hand side of the railing (if it's crowded you have to push your way in for a good photo, you won't be sorry!). There are some vendors that sell snacks at the top as well as Florence souvenirs. Also, check out the copy of MIchelangelo's David. If you need the WC (bathroom), walk towards Playbar and then keep going down the road until you see the sign for "WC". It's tucked behind some bushes on a dirt path and costs 1 Euro but the washroom attendant was super nice! Go to Piazzale Michelangelo, just go!!!!
Piazzale Michelangelo offers one of the most breathtaking views in Florence!!!
This hilltop spot is surrounded by lush countryside and overlooks the city of Florence and the Arno River. Best of all, there are no tickets to buy or long lines to wait in. If you are staying in the center of Florence this is about a mile and a half (2.3km) walk.
Must go if you are visitng Florence!!!
Amazing amazing hike.
I walked from the center of Florence up to Mr M.
The view from up top is spectacular AND if you don't walk, you won't see the protected feral colony which occupies quite a bit of the property going up.
I love it up here! It has one of the best views of the city, so leave yourself plenty of time to take it all in and don't forget your camera! If you are walking, make sure you have good shoes on because it is a HIKE to get up here. A great place to go at sunset, and if you are there on a Sunday evening, go the extra level up to San Miniato al Monte because there may be monks chanting! Don't miss this spot!!!
I read the reviews before ever setting foot in Florence. It was one of my top three things to do for that day. When the driver was dropping us off at the entrance to the city, he said there is the Piazza Michelangelo but you cannot go there. It is a 15 minute hike and you are touring the city. Needless to say, the group went right and I went left and made the so very much worth it hike. I was amazed and just stood there in awe of where I was and what I was looking at. If I had accomplished nothing else that day I would have gone home happy. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the Yelpers that described it as a must see!
Ok, now I'm not much of a one for history, but I'll do my best. This is a must if you are visiting Florence. It is high up at the edge if the town, and offers great panoramic views of the town (almost as incredible by night as by day)
It was built in 1869 and designed by architect Giuseppe Poggi. The plaza is a tribute to Michelangelo and contains copies of some of his most famous works such as a bronze David in the middle of the square.
I really enjoyed seeing (a copy) of the David statue in a better setting than through about 10,000 school groups at the back of an art gallery, and the dramatic views make it worth the walk uphill!
I LOVE ITALY! Beautiful scenery. Great wine. Gorgeous men and women. Great beaches. Historic. Beautiful works of art. People are nice. Good food. Make sure you have lots of space on your camera card!
The Duomo, Giotto's Belltower and the Baptistery are just the start of the many attractions in Florence. From the point of view of art and architecture, Florence rivals Rome. During the renaissance, Florence was the art center of western civilization. A list of past residents of the city represents the Who's Who of the Masters, including: Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, among others.
The beauty of the are was only enhanced by the beauty of the people. What a fantastic time. Seeing David was incredible. The other sculptures and paintings are great, but nothing compares.
The only place to watch a Florentine sunset. With the expanse of the city and a rainbow of colors as far as you can see, nothing can beat this view. Be warned, it is a bit of a hike up there. I advise bringing some wine and food to indulge in while relaxing. Just avoid all the gelato in the near vicinity. None of it is very good.
We departed for Florence after breakfast. First stop was Michelangelo Piazza, where you could see the spectacular skyline of Florence. Even on a slightly overcast day, the view was impressive. This is probably the best photo op in Florence. We got here by car so no hiking for us... but it'd be well worth it.
Definitely worth the climb. Spectacular views of Florence and the surrounding mountains. Stayed here for several hours sitting on steps listening to a two man band play some gnarly tunes. You can see most of the famous monuments of the city from this plaza. A must do late afternoon so you can catch the sunset. Che bello!
The most stunning views of Florence can be witnessed atop Piazzale Michelangelo. I hiked to the top and found a restaurant and ate a margherita pizza and had a glass of processo sparkling dry wine garnished with a strawberry.
One of the two best view of Florence (Firenze in italian) with the Dumo. From this place you would be able to see all the city at one! Go there on sunset time, take a sit on the many stairs, buy a drink if you are not affraid of being over charge (tourist trap^^) and just enjoy the view!!!
We were told by someone who lives in Florence we had to go there and we were richly rewarded. The views of Florence and the surrounding countryside are amazing. There isn't much to do. There are stalls naturally to buy stuff and lots of places to eat. We had a really nice time there and would recommend a visit there on your trip.
Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Florence Italy. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the city, a replica of Michelangelo's Statue of David stands in the centre of the plaza . Just remember that most of Piazzale Michelangelo is a parking lot, filled with tourists, vendors, and a bronze replica of Michelangelo's David, one comes here to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the city. A must stop when visiting Florence.
Piazzale Michelangelo is absolutely worth the mammoth climb; the views of Florence are unparallelled. I wouldn't recommend tackling it under the summer sun, but once the day's cooled it's a lovely place for an after-dinner gelato (though you'll pay over the odds for the pleasure).
Best panoramic view in Firenze! The hike can get tiring (about 30-45) depending on where you start but the ending view is well worth the walk! The view is best at sunset and while the restaurant at the top is a bit pricey, it provides for a great experience and chance to sit down and take in all that is Firenze.
The views from Piazzale Michelangelo are breathtaking by day or night. It feels like quite an achievement to climb the steps from Porta San Nicolo to the top but its well worth the effort. On New Year's Eve a huge crowd gathers to see the fireworks in the city below and there is a nice atmosphere but its best to travel there on foot as there are queues of traffic going back down the hill after midnight.
i ALMOST missed out on the chance to visit here, if not recommended by our tour guide from walkabout florence! thanks to sandra ! we took the SMN bus #12 or 13 (takes you there), get off around the camping stop and you are right there! dont walk, RUN to the view!!! haha.. it was absolutely breathtaking. and imagine being here right at sunset? it got too chilly for my boyfriend since he was only in a tshirt so we ended up leaving about half hour before the sun set! but i did manage to get some amazing pictures anyway of the complete view of firenze! this was the cherry on top of the ice cream for the trip in firenze! i love the charm and elegance !! we decided to walk back down though since we didnt know where to take the bus back to SMN station. the walk took less than 10 minutes to ponte vecchio where we finished our photo ops and managed to watch the sun set there as well for some awesome pics! DO NOT MISS IT!!!! also, take a seat on the stairs and just take it all in! enjoy it! dont rush!!
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