Florence from the Piazzale

8 x 10 Print

Printed with archival inks on

100% Cotton Rag Photo Paper


If you have visited Florence, you have likely made the excursion up to Piazzale Michelangelo to gaze down upon the city from its balcony. In The Piazzas of Florence, I wrote, “Despite the usual drawbacks of any popular tourist spot in Florence—crowds, sidewalks covered with cheaply made reproductions of well-known art, boxer shorts featuring David ’s most talked about parts—I never tire of coming here.” Seven years later, I still take any chance to observe the city from this vantage point. It’s funny to think that the view hasn’t changed much since the piazzale (which means “big piazza”) was first built by Giuseppe Poggi in 1869.

The sepia-toned photo is printed on 100% cotton, museum-grade paper that accents the contrasting textures of the Florentine cityscape. The image itself measures 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm), and is surrounded by a narrow white border. The print is titled & signed on the back, and packaged in a clear archival sleeve. (Click on the image for a larger view; please note that the images you see on the site are saved at a low resolution for the web, but they are of course printed at high resolution.)

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12 - Florence from the Piazzale - 8 x 10 Print

First I go to the edge of Piazzale Michelangelo. A sea

of terracotta rooftops separated by the Arno hovers

below, presenting an intriguing overview of the city—as

if one of those postcards of Florence has come to life . . .

It’s so satisfying to stand back and look at the city as

a whole … appreciating the feeling of space, snapping

new versions of Florence surrounded by so much sky

(different every time), walking through wedding-

celebration confetti that is part of the landscape, seeing

the white satins and silks of brides billowing in the wind

as they are photographed in the arms of their grooms.

~ From the Piazzale Michelangelo chapter of

The Piazzas of Florence

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