Piazzale Michelangelo

Park and Viewing Point in Florence

View From Piazzale Michelangelo
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Seeing Florence from above is a truly captivating experience, offering a moment of awe and wonder. From Piazzale Michelangelo, you can take in the city’s rich history, which has been a cradle of remarkable artists, scientists, and a fascinating legacy of discovery and power.

Regardless of the time of day, Piazzale Michelangelo provides a stunning panoramic view of Florence. The name may sometimes be spelled as Piazzale Michelangiolo due to an archaic Florentine pronunciation, but both versions refer to the same breathtaking location. While it is a popular tourist spot, it never fails to leave a profound impression on those who make their way to the top.

Contrary to common belief, Piazzale Michelangelo is not an ancient piazza nor was it designed by Michelangelo. It was actually added to the list of Florence’s monuments in 1869 by architect Giuseppe Poggi during a significant restructuring of the city walls.

Poggi’s terrace, characteristic of 19th-century design, was created to showcase copies of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, such as the David and sculptures from the Medici Chapel at San Lorenzo. An intended museum for Michelangelo’s works was planned behind the terrace, but it ultimately became the restaurant La Loggia, featuring a coffee bar and a restaurant with a panoramic terrace.

Today, Piazzale Michelangelo draws crowds of tourists, vendors, and features a bronze replica of Michelangelo’s David (the original is housed at the Accademia Gallery museum). In recent years, the piazza was renovated to highlight its simple beauty, providing visitors with a tranquil and serene setting above the bustling city of Florence.

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Visiting Piazzale Michelangelo


24 Hours



Address: Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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