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Italy tours are replete with seemingly countless highlights. Whether you're interested in the ruins in Rome, the stunning artwork in Venice or the delicious cuisine in Sicily, there's something for everyone. It may seem impossible to visit every place you want to, but before you bring your tour of Italy to a close, you should make sure to stop by Florence's Piazzale Michelangelo. This famous square is among the most popular tourist destinations in the city and will surely leave a lasting impression long after you've headed home.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Piazzale Michelangelo is also the simplest - its views are hard to beat. Situated about a 10 minute drive outside the city, the square's breathtaking panorama is among the best in Italy, if not all of Europe. In fact, many visitors do nothing more than head to one of the square's many magnificent vantage points and take in the view during sunset.
Once you've found the perfect spot to look out on Florence below, you should be sure to be searching for several landmarks in particular. Some of the most spectacular sights include the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Vecchio.
Of course, there is more to Piazzale Michelangelo than just its views. As its name suggests, the square is dedicated to the life and works of the famed Renaissance artist of the same name. As such, there are several recreations of his most iconic works such as the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo.
Piazzale Michelangelo may be one of the most popular squares in Florence, but there are many others to choose from as well, and each has its own unique appeal. For instance, Piazza della Signoria has grown to become a must-see attraction in the city. It is home to the famous Palazzo Vecchio, which can trace its origins back to the 1200s and today stands as one of the most recognizable structures in the city. Other highlights of Piazza della Signoria include Loggia dei Lanzi and the Palazzo Uguccioni.
Whether you hit all the squares or just Piazzale Michelangelo, it's hard denying that exploring all Florence has to offer will stand out as a highlight of your tour of Italy.
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