Feeling like walking? Bellosguardo is totally worth the hike. Florence is surrounded by hills and this is one of the reasons we don’t have any air to breathe during summer, but some hills are more special than others… Fiesole is, of course, the Florentines’ favourite, but Bellosguardo has a special place in my heart for its (totally unknown to tourism) view. It’s the only place where you can see Florence’s most famous buildings and monuments from a total different point of view: the front.
Galileo Galilei and Ugo Foscolo lived on this little hill, surrounded by its charming nature, and examples of medieval and renaissance architecture. Like the Villa dell’Ombrellino and Villa Bellosguardo, which once belonged to Guido Cavalcanti.
The weak point is that there’s no square or terrace from which to enjoy the view, but you have to stop on the street, or be the lucky guest of the 4 stars Torre di Bellosguardo Hotel. Believe me, if you want photos like none of your friends have ever taken, give it a try!