The Adventure Chronicle

Travel Tidbit #2: Watching the Sun Set on the Renaissance

Another tip for world travelers. Santa Croche is amazing, the Duomo unmissable, but come dusk this is the way to unwind and enjoy Firenze.


The Piazzale Michelangelo, David’s original home, draws gaggles of tourists during the day for its panoramic view of Florence and iconic photo opportunity. While this may sound a bit taxing, the view of the Duomo is not a sight to miss. So, for a more personal moment, head up the hill on foot just before dusk to enjoy a walk full of picturesque hill-side gardens and tables full of vivacious Florentines meeting friends for a drink and antipasti after work. As you ascend, stop in at a ‘Chino’ to pick up a bottle of wine and some fresh bread. Once atop, find a spot on the west bound steps, open your bottle, and enjoy the company, like a true Florentine. As you sit, enjoying the rejuvenating breeze, you’ll find your head abuzz with wine and the ambient sounds of the beautiful Italian language until all sounds cease and the sun begins its dramatic descent behind the imposing tower of the Palazzo Vacchio and its majestic neighbor, the Ponte Vecchio.

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3 responses

  1. Great post. Florence is really a great destination 🙂

    October 25, 2009 at 5:23 pm

  2. Beautiful sunset scene.

    October 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    • arzupancic

      Thank you. Now every time Cengiz gets pumped up about everyone stroking his work on flikr, I can remind him I got props for the one photo I posted.

      October 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm

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