Directions Towards Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

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As a tourist or newbie in a place, we might get lost. Well, it really happens sometimes. So here I am making an article about the best way and directions towards Piazzale di Michelangelo.

One of the hundred points of pride in Florence is the Piazzale Michelangelo. The Piazzale Michelangelo was built on the hills of Florence. It is located south of Florence’s historic center following the design of the architect Giuseppe Poggi. Michelangelo’s square or better known in Italian as Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the best viewpoints in Florence. It is the most famous observation point to appreciate the beauty of the city in all its grandeur besides being an attraction that no tourist can afford to miss during their visit to Florence. This site is one of my personal favorites in Florence.

Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the best and most famous lookouts for a stunning view of Florence. You can visit the square day or night, and best of all it is free of charge.

How to get there


You got options on how to go and enjoy the panoramic view of Florence. Reaching Piazza di Michelangelo is easy. A lovely walk along the south side of the river upstream towards the Torre San Niccolò, an old tower. Here, you are directly beneath the square, simply follow the looping ramps up to the top of the small mountain.

Another nice walk is from the Porta San Miniato gateway, accessible from Via San Niccolò. Go through the gateway and up a short but steep street. In front of you is the timesaver way, picturesque stone steps that will lead you straight up to the piazza in just a couple of minutes. You will pass through the entrance of the charming rose garden on the way up. Never forget to take a peek behind you to catch and witness the growing panorama of Firenze.

Another way to go up is to ride a cab. The quickest way to get from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Train station to Piazzale Michelangelo is to jump on a taxi which may cost 17€ – 21€ and takes 8 min. Or if you are saving, you can take the local bus number 12 or 13. Find them at the train station, near the taxi stand, either one will take you all the way up to Piazza Michelangelo. This will cost you only €1,50 for 90 minutes, a single ride (tickets must be purchased in advance at a tabaccheria).

contactless ticket in florence
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contactless ticket in florence

You can also use your wallet to pay for the bus. Just tap your phone or credit card into the machine. As of 18th of July 2019, Florence’s ATAF buses allow contactless payment, meaning credit card touch technology. Another way to pay and get your ticket is by texting “ATAF” and send to 4880105. Make sure to get your ticket first before riding. But this way doesn’t always work.

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ataf sms ticket in Florence

There are different directions towards Piazzale Michelangelo but, why would you take a car or bus if you can enjoy the walk with your friends, right? When going to Florence, I advise you to know more tips about Florence. You may also visit the Drink Inquirer website for more tips

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