Piazzale Michelangelo
(Italian pronunciation: pyah-tsahl-ay   mee-kell-ahn-jay-loh)

From the beautiful terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo it is possible to admire one of the most impressive views of Florence nestling in the Arno valley, surrounded by gently sloping hills. In the centre of the square stands the Monuments to Michelangelo (1875) with a bronze reproduction of the four statues depicting Day, Night, Dawn and Dusk (from the Medici tombs in the New Sacresty of San Lorenzo), dominated by the statue of David.  On the hill behind Piazzale Michelangelo stands the Church of San Miniato al Monte.

Views of old Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo is approached from the Viale dei Colli that winds its way up the southern slope of Florence for about six kilometers.  Both were designed by the architect Giuseppe Poggi in 1868.

The Church of Santa Croce as seen from Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence Synagogue and Museum

The Temple of Florence, built in 1882, is considered one of the most beautiful examples of exotic Moorish style. The extraordinary green dome, reconstructed in 2006, is the only one in Florence covered in copper.  Within the framework of the Synagogue a two floor museum that offers an overview of the history of the Jewish Community over the centuries where guided tours in the English are available every hour.  A large memorial in the garden of the Temple lists the names of some of the Florentine Jews who were killed during the Second World War, including the chief Rabbi Nathan Cassuto.