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Key Info

Viale Michelangelo

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Overlooking the city from its perch in the Oltrarno district, the Piazzale Michelangelo 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 said the panoramic city views are well worth the workout.

You can also watch the sunset from one of the outdoor cafes lining the square. Also, there are two flower gardens that come to life with thousands of varieties of roses and irises in the spring months. If you want to avoid the crowds, plan to come early in the morning or at night.

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