Built in honour of the Renaissance master, it offers unique views of the city
A privileged vantage point in the historic centre to admire the entire city of Florence and the Arno River, Piazzale Michelangelo was built by architect Giuseppe Poggi in 1869, when the Tuscan capital was also the capital city of Italy.
The square, built as part of an urban renewal project, was named in honour of this Renaissance master and was to be a monument to Michelangelo, with the neoclassical-style loggia intended to house all the statues of the great artist in Florence. However, the museum was never built, and the loggia now hosts a restaurant-cafe. In the centre of the square is a copy of Michelangelo’s David, looking towards the hills beyond the city limits, next to copies of the four allegories of the Medici chapels of the Church of San Lorenzo.