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Remember a visit to the Piazzale Michelangelo is all about views, and the view from here down the river is not one to be missed.

The Piazzale Michelangelo is a must for that iconic view of the whole city of Florence. It is a large terrace built in 1869 from a design by architect Giuseppe Poggi. From its position placed high on the hillside the views stretch over the Arno river to the city beyond.

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As the light changes so does the view, so a visit late in the day when the light tends to change more rapidly could be very rewarding for the keen photographer. Another option would be to visit after dark when the city is lit up.

As the name suggests, the Piazzale Michelangelo is dedicated to the famous artist and on display are some copies of his work, including as you would expect, a statue of David. This site can be reached via public transport, and is included in many of the city tours. The Piazzale can be accesed by road via the Viale Michelangelo, or by walking through the dictrict of San Niccolo.

On your visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, if you can pull yourself away from the magnificent views, take a short walk up further to the 11th century Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, An attractive church with a marble facade. The interior of the church is decorated with frescoes, including the majestic Christ with the Virgin and St Minias.

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