Piazzale Michelangelo is terrace above Florence that offers a superb panorama of the city. Come for the breathtaking views of Florence, and stay for a visit to San Miniato al Monte church.
A half hour walk from the city centre or a short bus trip along the Viale dei Colli, this panoramic point is a huge terrace overlooking the city. It’s spectacular at any time of day, but there’s a five star sunset too. While you’re up there, don’t forget to visit the splendid Church of San Miniato, just behind the square.
This spot is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. Sit on the stairs and you can drink in the best panorama in the world and experience Florence’s monuments from a completely different perspective. It’s position makes it a romantic spot for lovers, and a gift for photographers, but despite its popularity you’ll always find a spot to quietly appreciate the view.
From the Piazzale, you look over an expanse of terracotta roofs surrounded by green hills. You’ll see the silvery Arno threading its way through the city, crossed by the Ponte Vecchio. And the colossal Duomo with its cupola rising up proudly above it all.
If you can tear yourself away, there’s a restaurant, a few bars and plenty of souvenir vendors. A replica of Michelangelo’s David statue stands in the middle.
Church of San Miniato al Monte:
The Church of San Miniato al Monte lies just a few steps uphill from the square. While you’re there it’s worthwhile paying a visit to the church (entrance is free), even if you only see it from the outside. It has a splendid Romanesque facade and it’s a nice quiet spot if you need to get away from the throngs at the Piazzale.
How to get to Piazzale Michelangelo:
As there’s no parking in the square, we definitely recommend public transport. You can catch ATAF Bus 12 and 13 (but this one is less frequent) from the city centre. It takes about 30 minutes by bus from Santa Maria Novella train station. If you have the energy a walk up from the city is an experience in itself, it’s around 2 km. from the city centre.