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best vantage point to take photos of Florence

Feb 22nd, 2006, 04:10 AM
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best vantage point to take photos of Florence

Hi all,

I frequently see stunning vistas of Florence, including of course the Duomo and the red rooftops... but I am not sure of the vantage point other than it's fairly high up.

Can anyone clue me in to really good spots to take photos of Florence from afar?

thank you!

(also great sunrise and sunset locales - I do plan to go to Fiesole in the evening one day...)
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 05:10 AM
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Two suggestions:
*From the top of the dome and/or campanile at the duomo.
*From Ponte Vecchio--an especially good sundown spot.
Also, keep in mind that because of how the duomo is "wedged into" the area, it's virtually impossible to take a picture of the entire building. But, you can get some great results focusing on segments of its magnificent design.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 05:19 AM
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From the Piazzale Michelangelo.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 05:49 AM
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from boboli gardens as well which overlooks the city
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 05:54 AM
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Highly second Piazalle Michaelangelo. It was hands-down the best view of Florence we found. Sure, its a little hike up to the top (one could take a cab or a bus, but we preferred to walk) but the views are absolutely worth it.

Tracy
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 07:16 AM
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Piazza Michelangelo is great.

Fort Belvedere, across the Arno, has some fantastic views of the city (Duomo included), as well as the surrounding countryside. It's a nice hike up to the Fort.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:22 AM
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The last time I was in Florence I took photos from both the top of the Duomo and campanile. Keep in mind the position of the sun so that when taking photos, the sun is behind you (i.e, from the Duomo facing towards the Campanile and vs).

Monica
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:55 AM
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As already suggested, the Piazzale Michelangelo is always nice, along with any of the turn-outs along the road up to it.

http://www.jimtardio.com/italy/italy...-overview.html
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 11:01 AM
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Wow Jim! That picture is amazing...what a beautiful photo! I took several pictures from a similar vantage point, but none of mine look like that!

Tracy
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 11:33 AM
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Fabulous photos Jim! When you take photos of people, do you ask their permission? Or are you using a zoom lense?

Monica
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 11:43 AM
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I second the Boboli Gardens view, across the river.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 11:47 AM
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Can also go to Fiesole which is on a hill. It's an escape for Florentines from tourists.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:02 PM
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Hi, Monica. I usually always try to talk to people first, not always to ask permission, but just to learn a bit about them.

It's more fun that way and I find I get better shots. Sometimes, however, I just take the shot first and see how they react.

In the case of the photo I linked to, that's my wife on the left, and my sister-in-law on the right...shot with a short telephoto lens.

As long as I keep them supplied with wine they're happy to be in the pictures.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 03:12 PM
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Hi Jim,

Thanks for telling me your photography tips. I figured some were family memembers. Your photos are beautiful! I especially love http://www.jimtardio.com/italy/italy...-overview.html with the curves of the building and boats.

Monica
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 03:12 PM
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PS: And this one too! http://www.jimtardio.com/italy/italy...an-stairs.html
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