So Many Stairs...Such an Amazing View
We were told the first day we arrived that we must go see the little hill of Florence, more formally known as Piazzale Michelangelo. It was supposed to have a commanding view of the city. I was expecting a nice little green space that a few people used to picnic. I really had no idea what a popular place it is, or how spectacular a view it provided.
But first you have to get there. The climb wouldn't be a problem for any able and willing person...except when you have a stroller in tow. I mistakenly thought that we would be pushing the stroller up a mild incline. No. Not the case. Instead, there were stairs. So many stairs. We earned our supper that day. Travis carried the stroller up all of the stairs, and I carried a twenty-pound baby.
The first round of stairs brought us to this beautiful, cozy spot. It was what I expected.
Beautiful rose gardens and everyone sprawled on the grass waiting for the sun to sink below the trees.
It gave us a very nice view of the city. You can see the Duomo on the right and the Palazzo Vecchio on the left.
But wait! There's more. Just around the corner there were...more stairs! Another small hike with baby and stroller brought us to a truly breathtaking landing well worth the effort.
Put it there, Bean. We made it!
From this point of view, you can see all of Florence and its major monuments. On the far right is Santa Croce.
The Duomo captivates the middle of the skyline.
With the Palazzo Vecchio (Firenze's former town hall and now a museum) acting as a close neighbor.
Finally, on the left, the Ponte Vecchio provides a perfect stage for sunset.
The monuments, along with the Arno river, make a beautiful place for pictures.
Can you see me?
If you wait until after sunset, you can watch the skyline start to light up.