Roughly speaking, Piazzale Michelangelo – located south from the River Arno on one of the highest hills of Florence – is not as valuable as its Florentine counterparts from an artistic point of view, given it hosts no architectural or sculptural masterpieces. The bronze David overtopping this small square is but a replica of the original marble one, whereas the other statues are, again, copies of the allegories created by Michelangelo in view of filling the New Sacristy of the Medici Chapel. Obviously, a mimicry of genuine art, some might say. Yet, Piazzale Michelangelo does not make its way thorough in Florence and does not draw attention by the replicas is hosts. On the contrary, these are the last items to be appreciated once in this small square. The lay-out of Piazzale Michelangelo was conceived in the latter half of the 19th century as homage to this great Renaissance artist who left its mark on Florence, and as spot enabling panoramic views over some parts of Florence. As a result, one should not plunge into judging this landmark too roughly as to its inherent assets, since its only purpose is to cast a new perspective on the capital of Tuscany.

Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

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