"The Piazzale Michelangelo" Italy Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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The Piazzale Michelangelo is a neo-Classical square built on top of a hill to the southeast of Florence's historic city center. It is popular with locals and tourists for the panoramic views it offers of the city. The view takes in many of the great landmarks that make up the skyline of Florence, including the Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio, the dome of the Duomo, and the Campanile, among many others.

The square was built in 1869 as part of a massive urban renewal scheme that included the restructuring of the city walls. Its designer was Giuseppe Poggi who dedicated the square to Michelangelo. Some bronze copies of Michelangelo's works adorn the square, including the David and the statue of the four allegories from the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo.

Other than the view it offers, there is not much else to recommend the Piazzale Michelangelo. Most of it is actually a parking lot. A building originally intended to be a museum featuring the works of Michelangelo is now used as a restaurant. Although the food is not particularly inspiring, the view is good.

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  • Updated Nov 10, 2010
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