Piazzale Michelangelo is well-known for its stunning panoramic view of Florence. And as mentioned in my previous post, one great place to capture the entire Duomo here. The Piazzale is easily located, sitting on a hilltop on the other side of Arno River. It’s rather easy to reach here by foot but I think the steep walk up the hill maybe challenging for some. Those who choose not to walk can take either bus number 12 or 13 from Santa Maria Novella Train Station.
And so we crossed a bridge, turn left and kept walking alongside the river until we see the path leading up to Piazzale Michelangelo. All these while passing by the gorgeous Ponte Vecchio.
It’s a nice change to see some greenery when walking up the path since you don’t get to see that in the Historic centre. We were surprised that the Piazzale is after all a big open space carpark with many vendors selling anything from refreshments to souvenirs. But the view here is absolutely stunning! Everybody gotta be here when in Florence!
We get to see Florence’s important landmarks with the Tuscan hills as a scenic backdrop.
There’s yet another replica of Michelangelo’s famous David statue at the centre of the square/ carpark.
Taking a coffee break after the long walk up…
San Miniato al Monte near Piazzale Michelangelo
Located near to Piazzale Michelangelo is a Romanesque church, San Miniato al Monte. It’s known to be a popular wedding venue. We didn’t see any that day so we just check out the interior of San Miniato al Monte.
Dining at Osteria dell Agnolo
We got attracted to Osteria dell Agnolo exterior décor while wandering along the crowded street of Borgo San Lorenzo. I mean, look at that stuff that they hung on their display window! A friendly waiter greeted us and urged us to try their food which we did while hoping that the food will be good.
The atmosphere inside Osteria dell Agnolo was great, it’s always nice to be in a restaurant where the locals go to. This family-owned dining place seems to have a long-dated history according to what I read on their menu. But of course, all we care is whether the food will be yummy or not.
The decision turned out to be a great one – food was one of the best Italian meal we had during our trip especially the pizza and seafood pasta.
We liked the food so much that we had our dinner at Osteria dell Agnolo for three nights. We also tried their fried pigeon, orange duck and wild boar too. Reasonable price, great atmosphere accompanied by tasty food, what more can we ask for?