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Designed in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi, Piazzale Michelangelo offers panoramic views of Florence and the Arno valley and is a popular spot with locals and tourists. Created as part of major restructuring of the city walls in 1869, Poggi's sumptuous terrace is typically 19th century. Poggi designed a monument base dedicated to Michelangelo, where copies of Michelangelo's works, including the David and Medici chapel sculptures from San Lorenzo would be displayed. When the terrace was finished, Poggi designed the hillside building with loggia as a museum for Michelangelo's works. For some reason, Poggi's project was not realized as it was intended. The building that was to be a museum is now a restaurant.
Today, the piazza is filled with tourists, vendors, and a bronze replica of Michelangelo's David. Just remember that most of Piazzale Michelangelo is a parking lot, and one comes here to enjoy the view. It can be reached by taking either bus 12 or 13 from the center or the red two-level sightseeing tour bus. It can also be reached by foot, climbing up from Piazza Poggi found at the base of the hill upon which Piazzale Michelangelo sits. www.tripadvisor.it Reviews-Piazzale_Michelangelo-Florence_Tuscany.
Piazzale Michelangelo sits on the other side of the Arno and its height makes it a perfect viewpoint for a visitor to get a great view over Florence.
You have a wide view of the ancient walls as well as the Arno and the centro storico. A pair of binoculars will allow a good close up view of the monuments.
It is easy to reach Piazzale Michelanelo via Bus no 13.
The bus terminates in a large car park. From here you make your way between the cars to the lookout balcony. This is a large area, however only about half of it provides a view over the centro sorico. The gigantic bronze statue of David is a photo opportunity for everyone and you almost have to stand in line to get a good shot.
Piazzale Michelangelo is also a great place to come late in the evening to watch the sunset and see the lights in the city come on. You can return by bus 12 or you can walk down through either the Folon Gardin delle Rosa or down the steps leading down to the river.