Where to Find the Best Views in Florence
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Known for its architectural significance, Florence deserves to be seen from all angles, and there are several ways to discover postcard-worthy views and photo ops. Here are some of the top places from which to admire the picturesque Tuscan capital.
Brunelleschi's Dome (Cupola del Brunelleschi)
The best view in town is from the top of the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, aka the Duomo. Summiting the 376-foot-tall (115-meter-tall) dome requires walking up 463 steps, and there is no elevator, but at the top you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the city from its most iconic landmark.
If you prefer a viewpoint you can reach by car or bus, head to Piazzale Michelangelo. Located on the south side of the Arno River, just outside the city center, this hillside spot provides a lovely panorama of red-roofed Florence. Go at sunset for the best photos.
Arno River Cruise
While not an aerial perspective, the Arno gives you the chance to sit back and relax on a boat tour along the waterway, where you can admire the passing buildings and bridges, including the Ponte Vecchio.
Arnolfo Tower (Torre di Arnolfo)
The 311-foot-tall (95-meter-tall) Arnolfo Tower is part of Palazzo Vecchio, a 13th-century palace that sits between the Arno and the Duomo. The top of this clock tower is a good alternative view for those who don’t want to wait in line for the Duomo.
An elevated passageway that connects the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, located on opposite sides of the Arno, the Vasari Corridor doesn’t offer sky-high views. Instead, visitors can get sneaky perspectives of the streets and river below through the windows of the once-secret walkway, which today is an art gallery. It can only be visited as part of small-group or private tour.
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Travel to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome, Florence’s most iconic attraction, with this skip-the-line entrance ticket and tour. Follow your guide through the cathedral and up to the terraces for an exclusive close-up view of the dome. Explore passages closed to the public and get a magnificent look at the city skyline.
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Discover Italian art, history and culture on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Florence. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and travel around the city’s top attractions, hopping on and off as you like. See the panoramic views from Piazzale Michelangelo, the burial spot of Galileo and Machiavelli at Santa Croce church and more. Your pass includes unlimited rides for the duration selected and 360-degree views from the open air of the upper deck.
Explore Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s imposing town hall, on a 1.5-hour evening tour. As the sun goes down over the city, walk around the one-time fortress with a guide to hear tales of its past when it was the focal point of Florentine power. Admire the Hall of the Five Hundred among other rooms adorned with artwork, and soak up city views from the battlements and Arnolfo Tower. Enhance the experience with an ‘aperitivo’ or dinner, and gaze out over Piazza della Signoria as you eat. Numbers are limited to 25 people.
Explore the elegant Palazzo Vecchio in Florence with a private guide and learn about the Medici family who ruled the city for more than three centuries. A local guide shares stories about the connection between the Medici family and the renowned artists of the Renaissance period. A private tour ensures a personalized experience.