Il Forte di Belvedere

If you're planning an itinerary of things to see in Florence, Nicola strongly recommends you add Belvedere Forte...

Should you be planning a stay in Florence, or even a day trip, one of the sights well worth visiting according to Nicola, is Il Forte Belvedere. The view from the fort is incomparable, with Florence laid out before you and villas and castles immersed in the countryside, behind you.
In front - Florence by night
Behind - the Florentine countryside dotted with villas and castles
Forte Belvedere is the largest of one of only two fortresses, to have been built in Florence. It was designed and built by Bernardo Buontalenti between 1590 and 1595, by order of Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici. It is located on the highest hill of the Boboli Gardens and today, serves primarily as a tourist attraction and exhibition centre, also hosting private events.
Aside from the wonderful panorama – to be witnessed ideally at sunset –  a bar with an attractive outside seating area  combines to create a unique experience.
You can either walk up to the Fort - in eleven minutes according to Google - from Ponte Vecchio, passing suggestive back streets and alley ways of old town Florence or one can also reach it by car where there is a designated parking area.
Nicola Burazzi, 15/10/2022 14:16:33

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