Dedicated to Florence-born artist Michelangelo, this hilltop square gazes down over the city’s domes, spires and rooftops from across the River Arno. Piazzale Michelangelo is well connected by local buses, but many visitors choose to get there on foot. To give you a head start, we’ve picked out five popular apartments within easy walking distance.*
Apartment San Niccolò
The apartment’s loft bedroom has a sloping wooden ceiling
An 8-minute walk from Piazzale Michelangelo, Apartment San Niccolò is full of rustic charm. Polished wooden floors, furniture and beams pair with warm-toned tapestries and rugs. There’s a living-dining room lined with bookshelves, and a cosy mezzanine bedroom tucked under the eaves. The fully-equipped kitchen is decorated with traditional patterned tiles, and its walls adorend with cookware, hung from little hooks. The hosts have even provided maps and an Italian phrase book, to help get you started exploring the city. When you do head outside, pick up warm croissants and coffee from the café opposite, or stop for ice cream at Il Gelato di Filo – known for its generous portions.
Garden House San Niccolò
The apartment’s sheltered patio is surrounded by plants
Garden House San Niccolò is a peaceful escape from the bustling city. This one-bedroom apartment has its own private garden, cleverly designed with shaded seating areas and loungers placed in sunny spots. Indoors, it’s all neutral colours and quality finishes – guests commented on the crisp cotton sheets and spa-style marble bathroom. A couple of minutes’ walk from the apartment is Porta San Niccolò, where a set of ramps lead upwards towards Piazzale Michelangelo. Walk the other way and you’ll reach the Ponte Vecchio bridge and the edge of the city centre in about 12 minutes.
Palazzo San Niccolò
High ceilings and ornate floor tiles are a reminder of the Palazzo’s past
True to its name, Palazzo San Niccolò is a Renaissance palace that’s been painstakingly restored. Its rooms and apartments are a mix of period features – medieval frescoes here, stuccoed ceilings there – and clean-lined modernist design. Each room has a modern bathroom, while the apartments also include a kitchenette in gleaming stainless steel. The building has a beautiful shared garden and outdoor seating areas where you can soak up the sun. You’re within an 8-minute walk of Piazzale Michelangelo here, following the road up around Giardino delle Rose park. On the way, Osteria Antica Mescita di San Niccolò is a top choice for authentic Florentine food.
French doors open from the kitchen onto a typical Florence street
Lisa Loft is a split level studio that sleeps up to five, with a mezzanine double bedroom and two sofa beds in the lounge below. The host’s creativity shines through in the decor, where white walls form a canvas for a curated selection of modern art that pulls together bold ambers and blues. There’s an orange-and-white tiled bathroom and a fitted kitchen with an espresso maker and oven. If you feel like eating at home, you’ll find grocery stores within a few minutes’ walk, or you can pick up mouthwatering sandwiches from nearby café, Come Dio Comanda. The apartment is only nine minutes from Piazzale Michelangelo, while the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio bridge are both within a 10-minute stroll.
Earth tones run through from floor tiles to furnishings
Stepping inside La Torre is like being invited into the home of a creative friend. Plants, books and mementos fill shelves and surfaces, while vintage photos and sketches adorn the walls. Natural shades and subtle metallics run though the scheme; think glossy terracotta tiles, moss-green cushions and a duck egg and gold floral print. Windows face onto a tree-lined courtyard, meaning it’s always peaceful in the apartment. On the street below, you’ll find several popular restaurants and bars – try San Niccolò 39 for inventive Mediterranean dishes or The Speakeasy for low-key cocktails. You’re just a few steps from the apartment’s namesake tower, Torre di San Niccolò, with Piazzale Michelangelo another eight minutes from there.
**The data scientists at Booking.com used internal data to find the closest, most highly rated properties to Piazzale Michelangelo.