5 jaw-dropping views of Florence

You'll basically want your camera ready at all times when you're walking in Florence. At nearly every turn, there is a stunning view, historic landmark, sculpture, and gardens to take in. Here are a few of my favorites.

Giotto’s Campanile

Personally, I favor the view from Giotto’s Campanile, the Bell Tower in the Duomo complex, over the Duomo because it almost feels like you can reach out and touch Brunelleschi’s Dome. 

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio is probably best known for its copy of Michelangelo’s statue of David, but it is also the next most recognizable monument towering over Florence’s skyline. What many don't know is you can go up the bell tower and get this really great framed shot  of the Duomo. I wish I had my nicer camera on me....this was taken with my phone!

Piazzale Michelangelo

Just across the river from the city center, Piazzale Michelangelo, home to one of the famous sculptors three versions of David, offers stunning panoramic views of Florence. Tucked away is Vip’s Bar, which is my all-time favorite spot to breathe in the sweeping views while sipping on some bubbly.

Giardino del Mondo

I also really loved the view from the Giardino del Mondo, the Garden of the World, in front of San Miniato al Monte Basilica. This is just up the hill from Piazzale Michelangelo. In front, 7 trees from the five continents create a ring, representing “a garden of the beginning opened to the world.”

Boboli Gardens

On the same side of the Arno River, you'll find Pitti Palace and the breathtaking Boboli Gardens. I'm a sucker for outdoor art, and the mix of nature and sculptures set against the cityscape was such an oasis within walking distance of city center.

Have you been to Florence?  What was your favorite view of the city?  Share with us in the comments below :)

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