Sunset Views of Florence

A perfect ending to a perfect day in Florence is capturing the sunset.

Piazzale Michalangelo, located in the Oltrarno (“beyond the Arno”) neighborhood of Florence – is the prime viewing spot. Located on a hill south of the historic center of Florence, you can take a taxi or drive up to Piazzale Michelangelo. However, the better way is to hike up! Start along the Arno River. You can walk from either Piazza Giuseppe Poggi or the steps off of Via del Monte alle Croce.

At sunset, it gets crowded. Why not pack a picnic dinner, head up about two hours before sunset, and scope out a good spot? Then relax and enjoy the views! You’ll be able to get some amazing shots of the Duomo and Florence skyline, including the bridges along the Arno River.

If Piazzale Michelangelo is a little too packed with people, you can walk just a little bit further…and higher. Near Piazzale Michelangelo is the San Miniato al Monte church–from there you have another breathtaking vista of Florence, minus the Arno. Its steps overlook a cemetery – those buried there must have the best view for eternity!

Both sites are free. You will not regret the breathtaking views of the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce, and more!

For more Florence and Italy pics, check out my Flickr album.

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