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Where to Find the Best Views in Florence
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Leah Still Joll is a freelance writer based in San Francisco with a specialty in travel writing. Her favorite destinations include Maui, Sayulita, the Northern California coast, Paris, Morocco, Indonesia, and Western Australia.

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Leah Still Joll is a freelance writer based in San Francisco with a specialty in travel writing. Her favorite destinations include Maui, Sayulita, the Northern California coast, Paris, Morocco, Indonesia, and Western Australia.

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Known for its architectural significance, Florence deserves to be seen from all angles, and there are several ways to discover postcard-worthy views and photo ops. Here are some of the top places from which to admire the picturesque Tuscan capital.

Brunelleschi's Dome (Cupola del Brunelleschi)

An iconic viewpoint.

The best view in town is from the top of the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, aka the Duomo. Summiting the 376-foot-tall (115-meter-tall) dome requires walking up 463 steps, and there's no elevator, but at the top you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the city from its most iconic landmark.    

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The Duomo offers great views both inside and out. Photo: dade72 / Shutterstock

Piazzale Michelangelo

Perfect for sunset snaps.

If you prefer a viewpoint you can reach by car or bus, head to Piazzale Michelangelo. Located on the south side of the Arno River, just outside the city center, this hillside spot provides a lovely panorama of red-roofed Florence. Go at sunset for the best photos.

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Arno River

Cruise for views in Florence.

While not an aerial perspective, the Arno gives you the chance to sit back and relax on a boat tour along the waterway, where you can admire the passing buildings and bridges, including the Ponte Vecchio.

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Admire the Ponte Vecchio from the water in Florence. Photo: Eustacio Humphrey / Viator

Arnolfo Tower (Torre di Arnolfo)

Enjoy views of the Duomo.

The 311-foot-tall (95-meter-tall) Arnolfo Tower is part of Palazzo Vecchio, a 13th-century palace that sits between the Arno and the Duomo. The top of this clock tower is a good alternative view for those who don’t want to wait in line for the Duomo.

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Vasari Corridor

For lesser-spotted views.

An elevated passageway that connects the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, located on opposite sides of the Arno, the Vasari Corridor doesn’t offer sky-high views. Instead, visitors can get sneaky perspectives of the streets and river below through the windows of the once-secret walkway, which today is an art gallery. It can only be visited as part of small-group or private tour.

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