Catch the best views of Florence from these vantage points

23 Jun 2014

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Florence, Italy, is an incredibly beautiful city, and it's one that's best appreciated from a number of angles.

One of these is most certainly from above. Check out these stunning vantage points around Florence on your Italian holiday escape that provide outstanding views from up high. You won't regret it, even if you have to tackle a few stairs or conquer a fear of heights to get there.

Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo, or Michelangelo's Square, offers up beautiful panoramic views of the city.

Nestled on a hillside, it overlooks gorgeous burnt-orange rooftops of churches, homes, old buildings, plus lush green gardens and more. You can wander the narrow streets, stop off at a cafe to soak in the view and take plenty of photographs.

There's a replica of the Statue of David standing in the centre of the square, too.

It's particularly advisable to head to this spot in the evening to watch the sunset and see the city's light illuminate.

If you want to head up even higher and get the absolute best of views, take a stroll to the San Miniato al Monte basilica, which sits at the very top of the hill.

Some people opt to visit the Piazzale Michelangelo by walking up the hill, which is moderately challenging, but you can also take a taxi and drive up.

Forte di Belvedere

This destination is a sprawling defence fortress that was constructed in the 1500s to protect against attack.

It has now undergone extensive renovations and restorations, hosting art exhibitions and offering up stunning views of the city from its highest heights.

Check out the art, architecture, gardens and facades and spend as much time as you like gazing out over the city.

Florence Cathedral

The Florence Cathedral, also known as Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is not to be missed. The site features a number of other incredible architectural and artistic wonders, such as Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower.

You can climb up to Brunelleschi's Dome, which has a diameter of 45.5 metres and was built between 1418 and 1434. To get there, you must climb 463 steps - there's no other way! The stairs can be narrow and dizzying at times, but you get stunning up-close views of the frescoes painted onto the ceiling and other aspects of the Cathedral's decorations. When you get to the top, you can go outside and gaze out over the rooftops of Florence once again.

You can also climb Giotto's Bell Tower if you're ready to tackle 414 more steps. Its Gothic architecture is captivating, as are its stunning statues and reliefs.

The view from the top is also incredibly beautiful, with a large terrace where you can relax and take in the sights from above.

Villa Bardini and Garden

Villa Bardini and its gardens span over four acres and dates back to the Middle Ages.

This attraction is lesser-known to many tourists, so visit and wander the expansive grounds in peace and serenity, without any crowds.

There are plenty of flowers, fruit trees, water features and statues to marvel over, plus there's a small coffee shop where you can find refreshments to keep you energised.

You'll also come across some beautiful vantage points providing stunning views over the city. The landscape of the gardens is quite hilly, so expect to do a lot of walking and tackle a few steep stairs - but these challenges make the views all the more alluring.

Best of all? When you find the perfect picturesque lookout points, you won't even have to fight for space to take a photograph.

Don't miss out on the chance to see Florence from these awe-inspiring heights. Talk to a travel agent for some expert advice on travelling to the city.