Are you planning a trip to Florence? Sure, you can’t miss Michelangelo’s David, the Ponte Vecchio, Italian food and gelato, and the galleries of Renaissance Art, but you also cannot miss the best views of Florence. No trip to Florence would be complete without a climb up the Duomo or a view from Piazzale Michelangelo.
Where to Get the Best Views of Florence
The Duomo is the grand centerpiece of Florence. Sure, you already have plans to see the Duomo. Who doesn’t? It is one of Florence’s most popular sites. The Duomo is also the perfect place to get that first view of the city.
Travel Tip: Buy the Firenze Card. It’s not cheap (€ 72 per person) but it will save you from waiting around in a lot of lines, especially during peak season. This card gets you into 72 museums in Florence over 72 hours so it is worth it if you plan a busy sightseeing schedule. We used it and highly recommend it (it saved us from waiting in a 3 hour line to enter the Duomo).
The Boboli Gardens
This one may come as a surprise. The Boboli Gardens sits across the Arno River from the main section of Florence. The views of Florence from here may not be as impressive as from the Duomo but they are still wonderful. Plus, to see Florence from these gardens…beautiful!
For the one of the best views of Florence, visit Piazzale Michelangelo at twilight. This is the best place to watch the sunset over Florence. For that iconic, panoramic view of Florence, this is the best spot.
Palazzo Vecchio is Florence’s city hall. There is a lot to see here, but for more amazing views of Florence, climb the tower. Plus, this climb tends to be less crowded, since most people climb the Duomo for those 360° views of the city.
The Uffizi Gallery
Really, the Uffizi? Most people come here to see art by Raphael, Titian, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, but you can also get one of the best views of the Arno River from here.
In our opinion, the best view of Florence is from the Campanile. The Campanile is the bell tower of the Duomo.
Why does the Campanile give you the best views of Florence? From here, not only do you get 360° views of the city, but you also get a breath-taking view of the Duomo. This view is magical!
So, what do you think? Doesn’t Florence look magical? If you have traveled here, what do you think are the best views of Florence?
Post updated June 2017.
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