Florence, to me, is the ultimate experience of romance.
Romance has never been personified in any place as accurately as in Italy. As the setting for countless romantic movies and novels, there is just something about the way of life, the fluidity of the language, and the history that makes it the perfect place to travel with a loved one.
Sure, the Venetian waterways charm you in movies with their freeness and sunshine, but in reality, they are crowded with pushing tourists and elbowing photographers. Rome as well has had its romantic moments in movies, such as in Roman Holiday, but it is not truly an all-around pleasant city.
Florence to me is the ultimate experience of romance – the city is not large enough to intimidate you with lots of sketchy areas, and it has some whispers of the countryside.
So it comes to no surprise that one of the most romantic places to be is Piazzale Michelangelo. It’s considered to be one of the highest points in Florence with a small piazza that looks over the entire city.
The piazza has a copy of Michelangelo’s “David” (hence the name), and is dotted with plucking guitarists, open-air restaurants, and people who don’t mind walking a little to get to one of the best views of their lives. Only from here can you see the entire city bisected by the Arno River while relaxing in a social yet unperturbed environment.
Of course, everyone will have different experiences there. But whether you’re going with friends, or visiting with a loved one, it is an amazing time. Good company is something that is only amplified in Florence, especially in the Piazzale Michelangelo. Whoever you bring will remember the time you had together forever. Sunsets, sunrises, night or day, it is a place to go multiple times to picnic, drink wine, or just spend time with people you love.
Article written by AJ Kiyoizumi.