Unless you have an extended vacation, when you travel to a new city, it is always difficult to get to see everything; especially when visiting a city for only a couple of days. Generally, when I try to fit too much in, the vacation becomes a marathon. However, the opposite can also happen, in an attempt to relax and enjoy the sites I miss something that could have easily been added to the itinerary. One of those sites is the Piazza Michelangelo. The Piazza Michelangelo is across the Arno on the same side of the river as the Pitti Palace. I did not visit Piazza Michelangelo until I had been to Florence several times and I am glad that I took the time to venture. It is a bit of a walk, up a rather large stairwell unless you are fortunate to have a car. However, once you get to the top the views of Florence are breathtaking. If you haven’t had enough stairs, you can venture a little farther up another staircase to the church of San Miniato (http://www.sanminiatoalmonte.it/). One of the nice things is this is something you can do for free and get a little exercise at the same time (I always look at it as an added desert for dinner or an extra plate of pasta at lunch). Also, it can be done at any time, though preferably when it is light outside.
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