Piazzale Michelangelo The Best Views of Florence

Updated August 12, 2022 1 min read

Piazzale Michelangelo is a viewpoint in Florence with a magical view if visited at the right moment.

We tell you what to see, how to get there, and how to take the best photos.

What to See at Piazzale Michelangelo

As soon as you arrive at the square, you'll see a huge statue presiding over it. It is one of the two replicas of Michelangelo's famous "David" that exist in the city.

As mentioned in the Florence Sunset Free Walking Tour, the entire square is a tribute from the architect Giuseppe Poggi to Michelangelo, which is why you'll see four more copies of works by this artist, whose original sculptures are in the Medici Chapels.

Copy of David at Piazzale Michelangelo
Copy of Michelangelo's David at Piazzale Michelangelo.

How to Take the Best Photos

You've probably seen spectacular photos from this square on the internet, but that doesn't mean yours will automatically turn out just as well. It largely depends on the time of day you visit.

Piazzale Michelangelo at night
At dusk, you can take some beautiful photos of Florence.

The best hours for taking good photos are; early in the morning until midday, or at dusk.

In the afternoon, it's much harder to find a good angle at Piazzale Michelangelo, as the sun tends to be in your face and the photos come out quite worse.

How to Get There

  • On foot: It takes about 25 minutes from the Duomo. You'll have to climb a bit of a hill.

  • By car: Part of the square is a parking lot. Until 2016 it was free, but now it costs between 1 € and 2 € per hour.

  • By bus: In many cases, the best alternative. Lines 12 and 13 drop you off right at the square.

  • By taxi: The most expensive and most comfortable option. About 14 € from the Duomo. Depending on traffic, it takes about 10 minutes.

Florence viewpoint
The square in summer completely empty due to the unbearable heat.
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