We all know that one spectacular postcard worthy view of Florence taken from Piazzale Michelangelo don’t we? Well little did I know that Florence is really a city bursting with postcard perfect vistas! That is a reason to visit alone but you can always find more incentives over on my Florence post.
I’ve compiled a few of my favourite views in Florence below for your perusal and you can totally walk to them all if you’re staying in the centre of Florence. I’m sure you won’t mind the walk as much if you know there’s something to look forward to. For the sake of easy walking instructions, I’m basing all walking times from the central point of The Duomo because our hotel, was a 2 minute walk from here and also you will be at this iconic location at some point in your stay in the city.
I hope you enjoy my postcard views from Florence…
SAN MINIATO AL MONTE
OK, I’m a little biased, but this is my very favourite of all the views and that’s why I want to tell you about it first. For those of you who have read my photoshoot blog with Flytographer, this will look so very familiar! Not only is the view spectacular but both times I visited it was pretty quiet and a far cry from the crowded streets of Florence! It’s actually also a lot quieter than Piazzale Michelangelo too.
It’s a nice walk from the centre and depending on your walking speed, I would leave about 45 minutes to do it in a leisurely fashion! It’s uphill so ladies there will be some glowing! Just incase you’re wondering, we didn’t walk up there when we had our Flytographer shoot, we opted for a cab!!
I was a little spoilt because this was really the first view of Florence I saw and yes it’s comparable to my first and only love, Dr C (now someone get me a sick bucket, quick!!).
San Miniato al Monte
Via delle Porte Sante 34
In My opinion, you do get one the best views of Florence from here but you have to fight for it with a zillion other tourists! Twilight seems to be the time of choice and when you arrive, you’ll see why. The beautiful Florentine skyline is adorned by dreamy hues of pinks and reds on a clear evening. As I mentioned before, this is where you can get that unobstructed panoramic iconic view of Florence you’ll see all over the place! Unfortunately if you’re looking for a romantic sunset spot then be prepared to share it with a tonne of instagrammers but it is quite beautiful nevertheless.
Again this is an uphill walk and took us about 30 minutes.
GIARDINO DELLE ROSE
I actually stumbled upon this place on my way down from San Miniato al Monte. It’s a bit of a haven to relax and take a seat amongst some very pretty roses and sculptures. Again the views are pretty special and quite tranquil infact, The Giardino delle Rose is actually a 5-10 minute walk down from Piazzale Michelangelo so it makes sense to drop in on your way down the hill!
Giardino delle Rose
Viale Giuseppe Poggi, 2
I actually don’t think I noticed the views from here on my first visit over 20 years but as an adult, this time I certainly didn’t miss a trick. Amidst the artworks of the Renaissance greats, you will find one of the best views of the River Arno and Ponte Vecchio! But it doesn’t end there either, as there is an outdoor terrace, which will give you a side on view of The Duomo and Palazza Vechhio.
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6,
THE WESTIN EXCELSIOR HOTEL ROOF TERRACE
If you’re in the area and fancy a quick drink with a view, then the rooftop bar at Westin will give you a view form a different perspective. We accidently found ourselves here when dinner reservations were suddenly pulled so we had time to kill. Just to add the lobby of the Westin is just beautiful! You don’t need to make reservations but I would if you would like to eat or get a romantic table on the outer edges of the terrace, however we got quite lucky with our table!
Just to note, if you are not a guest of the Westin Excelsior then there is a €20 charge for a table, which actually includes a whole host of appetisers so technically it’s not that bad! And you may not even need dinner! It gets quite busy though, especially around sunset, which was when we just coincidently happened to be here. It’s only a 5-10 minute walk from the Ponte Vechhio and Uffizi!
The Westin Excelsior Hotel
Piazza Ognissanti, 3
So this is somewhere that you will probably head first because you see it from everywhere and you just have to walk towards it! Its’ definitely the central point in Florence for me. I think I actually joked with Dr C that if we forgot our phones, and got lost we could just meet here! We soon realised that wasn’t the greatest of ideas as you’d literally be lost in the crowds!
This place does get you some pretty good views, 360ᵒC ones to be precise, so you may want to consider going up!
Piazza del Duomo
THE PALAZZO VECCHIO
Also known as the Town Hall of Florence, which houses a lot of interesting artifacts, however if it’s views we’re considering this is not a bad place! Purely because it’s actually not as overbearing with tourists as the Duomo and the effort gone into climbing that tower will be sure to reward you pleasantly!
The Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
When it comes to acquiring views, you may find it useful to purchase a Firenze card. It’s by no means cheap at $72 per person but what it can do if you want to do all the touristy stuff is save you a lot of time queuing up at attractions. It is valid for 72 hours! Additionally, if I’m not mistaken, it can give you access into 72 museums if that’s your thing!
Whatever way you want to see the sights and views of Florence, I’m sure you will capture some spectacular postcard worthy photographs, which incidentally I’d love to see! I’d really like to know what your favourite views of Florence are. Which postcard would you send home? I’m sure I’ve missed some so where should I go next time?
Until the next time…
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