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St. Augustine, Florida
October 6, 2009
From journal Best Lookouts and Views Around Florence
New York, New York
May 5, 2008
From journal A Few Days in Florence
October 19, 2007
From journal Piazzale Michelangelo
August 26, 2007
From journal 3 Nights in Fabulous Florence
February 8, 2006
From journal 4 Months in Florence, Italy
December 6, 2002
From journal Fantastic Firenze
May 31, 2002
The tower of Giuseppe Poggi stands formidably between the river and the hill, its imposing image softened by the surrounding fountains and greenery. The hill looks daunting from the ground, but it's actually a very manageable walk, steep but short. After ascending the gracefully curving stairs from the base of the tower, it's possible to walk the long, gradual route around the whole hill, but that way you'd be stuck with a slew of passing buses and you'd miss out on the steadily improving view.
When the sharp incline finally levels off, the reward is a breathtaking view of Florentine red-roofed buildings, identifiable monuments such as the Palazzo Vecchio or Chiesa di Santa Croce, with the Duomo rising impressively above everything else. The wind is also welcome after the sweltering conditions down below. A copy of Florence's most famous sculpture stands by the edge of the plateau like the city's lookout. It's best to avoid the strategically located souvenir stands and head right for the church once you've tired of staring out at Florence.
San Miniato al Monte is even more stunning from the inside than the outside, and the cemetery behind it is one of the most tranquil spots to be found. And if, after you've exhausted the marvels of Piazzale Michelangelo, you're too tired to walk all the way home, you can always take the bus back down.
From journal A Semester in Florence