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The Best Places to Take Pictures in Florence

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Ah, Italy! The most romantic destination of the world. If you happen to visit with your partner, you’d better plan a stay in a Florence romantic hotel as well, if you don’t want her to hold it against you for the rest of your life.. And don’t forget to bring your camera with you! This stunning city has too many things worth a picture. Here’s a quick guide to help you choose the best spots to take pictures of Florence:

Florence pictures(photo by: Andy Hay)

Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo has the views of Florence and beyond. All you have to do is turn around once you walk the hike up through San Niccolò, up further as you start to get your camera out to take your first picture of Florence, you must press on to the tippy top. Once there, enjoy the markets, vendors with refreshing beverages and ice cream. Now what you see straight ahead of you is Fiesole up on the hill with the tiny bell tower in the middle. Fiesole is reached by bus number 7 to the end of the line.  To your right from Fiesole you will see below the stadium lights hanging over the Fiorentina soccer field. As you keep turning to your right you will find fields of olive groves and the Arno river heading in the direction of Monte Falterona where the river originates. Turning towards the city center, you will see the gorgeous Florence skyline. Containing the bell tower of Santa Croce, Il Duomo, Il Campanile, Palazzo Vecchio, and last but not least the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). Sunset is a great time to capture the perfect Florence backdrop.

San Miniato

San Miniato al Monte can be reached from Piazzale Michelangelo. Follow the path to the church, where you see all those stairs. The stairs will lead you to a spectacular view of Florence. Sitting higher than Piazzale Michelangelo, you will see much, much more of the city. There is tradition I have, I make a pack dinner and escape the day to watch the sunset. It is breathtaking. If you happen to plan to stay all afternoon, at around 5 pm on certain days, the Monks of San Miniato will chant in the crypt of the church. Very calming and relaxing.


Fiesole has an array of vistas you can walk to easily from where bus 7 drops you in Piazza Mino. As you walk off the bus standing facing the bus, you will see the main Cathedral. Cross the street so you are right next to it. You will see a steep hill on your left. That is your path. Climb up slowly and periodically turning around to get a nice shot of the valleys surrounding Fiesole. Once you reach the top, you will be out of breath and ready to let it sink in. What a gorgeous view! On a clear day, you will have a perfect shot of the center as it stands like a miniature city. If it happens to be a foggy or gloomy day, take the picture anyways. It is a fabulous viewpoint nonetheless. The other picture perfect is on the other side of Piazza Mino. Following Via Giuseppe Verdi up the winding road, where you will see little old Italian men and women carrying heavy groceries up, you will once again know when you are at the view point. There is plenty of residences around that says to you, “I wish I lived right there” pointing at the terrace looking out to Florence. You may keep following the path up and up to an even better view. I could sit up there for hours just taking pictures.

Florence Cathedral

Santa Maria del Fiore (also known as il Duomo) has a nice workout as well as another place to take that one perfect shot. A great opportunity to see this fabulous view is to walk the 463 steps to the tippy top. There is a small fee for this exercise but it is well worth it. You have a 360 degree view of the hills that surround this Renaissance gem! Afterwards you can drag yourself to the nearest pizzeria and have a large Calzone.

Florence Bridges

Any Ponte (Bridge) can give you the shot of your dreams. Either you can face the Ponte Vecchio or spin around to the hills sweeping alongside Florence as if they were waves in an ocean. Nothing beats the capture of you standing on the ancient bridge looking east or west. But always try to enjoy the view of the Ponte Vecchio from wherever you are standing.

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Venere Travel Blog writer katie greenaway

Katie has a true obsession with Italy and she has lived in Florence on and off for the past 5 years. She has been a tourist, vacationer, student, and an au pair. All of these experiences have made her into the person she is today. This is a place she documents her life with her own thoughts and audacious lifestyle:

9 responses to “The Best Places to Take Pictures in Florence”

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  1. Mike Coyle says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 17:43

    Florence is certainly a great place to take photographs. Thanks for the tips.

  2. Katie says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 19:12


    You are correct! Florence has so many venues to take grand pictures. Glad you enjoyed these tips!

    a presto,
    Katie :)

  3. WildJunket says:
    March 8th, 2009 at 17:37

    Great tips! I can actually visualize myself walking through the streets of Florence with your detailed descriptions. Ah can’t wait to go back to Florence again…

  4. Katie says:
    March 8th, 2009 at 18:07

    Thanks for the comment! I hope you come to Florence when I am there. :)

    a presto bella,

  5. mary lynne says:
    July 24th, 2009 at 03:11

    I’ll be coming to Florence in September and articles like yours make it very hard to wait! This article and the one about 4 places to relax in Florence really “speak” to my style of travel…

  6. Katie says:
    July 28th, 2009 at 13:35

    Mary lynne, I am glad you enjoy the articles I write. I love to awake the passion in people. Hope you have a great time in Florence :)
    a presto!

  7. uffizi tickets says:
    July 27th, 2010 at 23:13

    I would like to suggest also the wonderful scenario of Boboli Garden, just back the famouse Palazzo Pitti, on the other side of Ponte Vecchio…

  8. Mary Lynne says:
    July 27th, 2010 at 23:24

    Just wanted to check in and say I loved my trip so much last year, I’m headed back – again in September. Last year I ended up spending 6 extra nights in Florence because my Bologna people cancelled on me, but that just gave me a chance to make Florence “my” city. This year, I’ll spend a total of 6 nights there, but will also be going to Bologna (at least that’s the plan!), Cinque Terre, and Perugia with side trips to Assisi, etc. But what I get most excited about is knowing I’m going to be in Florence again…

  9. Tina says:
    March 2nd, 2014 at 11:37

    Always wanted to visit Italy and must make an effort to do so. Thanks for the greast post Katie.

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