"To see the sun sink down, drowned on his pink and purple and golden floods, and overwhelm Florence with tides of color that make all the sharp lines dim and faint and turn the solid city to a city of dreams, is a sight to stir the coldest nature."

-Mark Twain

 

There’s no better way to put it; Florence will take your breath away. Here are the best vantage points to witness the movement, the light, and the glory of the Renaissance.


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Piazzale Michelangelo

Located above San Niccolò in the Oltrarno, Piazzale is a little bit of a steep walk but it’s worth every second.

The perfect time to visit is right before sunset when you can see the city in perfect light then watch it fade in an amazing sunset.

 
 

 
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The Duomo

Where else? Visits are best booked beforehand and the climb is no joke, but the view is historic. Tickets are also valid for 3 days and give you entrance to the museum, campanile, and baptistry.

It’s best to see it at the beginning of your trip to get a lay of the land or at the end to appreciate the mileage you’ve accomplished.

 
 

 
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Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

What do Donatello, the Black Plague, and an medieval grain storage have in common? Orsanmichele. Right down the road from Piazza Signoria, Orsanmichele is a view often overlooked by visitors.

Entrance is free but hours are often limited. Check the site ahead of time for details.