- Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overlooking the city from its perch in the Oltrarno district, the Piazzale Michelangiolo is one of the most popular viewpoints in the city and, it's definitely worthwhile if you're a first-time visitor. This ornate square is known for its spectacular views and its towering replica of Michelangelo's David. Getting to the piazza can be quite the trek on foot (there is an intimidating flight of stairs leading from the Piazza Poggi), but recent visitors say it's well worth the work-out. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The view of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan hills is breathtaking from the Piazzale Michelangiolo. Bring a picnic, sit on the steps, and wander around and watch the sun as it sets over Florence."
You can also watch the sunset from one of the outdoor cafés lining the square. Also, there are two flower gardens which, during the spring months, come to life with thousands of varieties of roses and irises. If you want to avoid the crowds, plan to come early in the morning or at night.