Oltr’Arno, walking along the viale dei Colli that twists and turns for about six kilometers on the slopes of the south hill of the city (or following the ramps that go up from Porta San Niccolò), you reach a large panoramic terrace, one of the best looksout in Florence, that let you to enjoy a stunning view of the city and hills that surround it.
It was designed and built by the architect Giuseppe Poggi in 1875 in times when the capital of Italy based in Florence, and the urban “redevelopment” was a part of the so-called “rehabilitation” project which also led to the creation of the avenues.
The square was named after the famous Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarotti and dedicated to the homonymous monument consisting of a bronze copy of the David and four statues, allegories of the day and night, which adorn the tombs of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo.
The architect of the piazzale Michelangelo also designed a beautiful loggia which now home to an elegant panoramic restaurant. Originally this building was designed as a museum dedicated to Michelangelo’s works but it was almost immediately transformed into a café.
Going up from the square, there is a beautiful Church of San Salvatore al Monte and monastery of San Miniato al Monte. The last one is a perfect example of original Tusan Romanesque architecture dating from the 1013. The monks still make honey, liqueur and infusions for sale. Here it is also possible to visit the church while the monks sing Gregorian chant at 5.30 p.m.
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