A city with a view – the top 5

By Annie Lussier, UConn

The top of the Duomo

In the mood to walk up 463 steps? Then the duomo is the choice for you. Being one of the main attractions in Florence, it is crucial that every one makes the hike up the duomo at least once in their time abroad. Definitely a cool view of the city; however, it can have the effect of making you forget you’re looking at Florence. It’s like climbing up the Eiffel tower and looking down on Paris. You get a new perspective of the city, where you can notice the smaller buildings, rather than your eye immediately gazing towards the biggest one.

The top of the Bell Tower

Just like the duomo, this view requires some climbing. However, it’s definitely worth it. A lot of people enjoy this view because it gives you an up-close look of the top of the duomo. Some even argue that they like this view better than that from the duomo. With the duomo right in front and the city surrounding you, it’s definitely worth it to make the trip up the bell tower (maybe on a different day than when you climb the duomo, unless you’re really adventurous).


Up in the hills, about a 20-minute bus ride away, there lies the most spectacular, probably most underrated view of Florence. Not many students that I know of make the trip up to Fiesole, but I would highly recommend it. Not only can you look out on the entire city of Florence, but it’s also a nice break from its bustling. So get on that bus (n. 7) and head to Fiesole. Just remember to validate your ticket once you get on board; they can be sticklers for this and you could end up paying a fine.

Piazzale Michelangelo

A study abroad crowd-favorite. If you have not yet gone to Piazzale Michelangelo, you seriously need to get on that. The perfect place to watch the sunset, relax with friends, listen to music, or eat gelato. (Also, a prime photo-op area). So make your Instagram friends jealous and head on up to (in my opinion) one of the best places in the city.

San Miniato

Slightly above Piazzale Michelangelo, you can experience the same wonderful views, without all the commotion. The perfect place to relax with a book, listen to some music, or simply gaze out on beautiful Florence.