Piazzale Michelangelo

Enjoy panoramic views across all of Florence with a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo. On the beautiful 19th century terrace, you’ll see architecture inspired by Michelangelo before looking out over the river towards the city and to the mountains beyond.

There are many different walking routes going up to the viewing point. One of the best ways to reach Piazzale Michelangelo is by walking up the hill from Piazza Poggi. Alternatively start at Uffizi for great views over the city along the way, or take the longer and more challenging route via Fort Belvedere. If you walk from the gateway at Porta San Miniato gateway, there’s a great shortcut heading up the hill, going past a beautiful rose garden before arriving at the top. If you prefer, take bus number 12 or 13 from the train station in Florence for a direct trip up to the Piazzale.

Arriving at the viewing point, you’ll see tourists sat alongside locals admiring the view. The bronze statue, a replica of Michelangelo’s David, stands in the centre, while vendors sell refreshments and souvenirs.

After enjoying the view, take a five minute walk to San Miniato al Monte. The beautiful monastery,  dating back to the 11th century, sells honey and liqueur made by the monks, making it a great place to buy alternative souvenirs.

Piazzale Michelangelo is a beautiful place to see the sun go down, so visit in the evening for unforgettable views of the city as the daylight fades. But don’t leave it too late, as the lookout closes at 7pm every day.