Forte Belvedere Florence

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Forte Belvedere – My favorite spot during summer

Forte Belvedere is my favorive spot in Florence. It is a fortress built in the 16th century to protect the centre of government in Florence and the Medici family if the city came under attack. It’s between the Giardino Bardini e Giardino di Boboli. You can have a different view of the city and it seems that you can even touch the bridges from there! I like to have a walk in its garden or lie down on the grass.

Forte Belvedere is open from May till October and it usually hosts exhibitions of contemporary art. In these years it has hosted exhibitions of Giuseppe Penone, Antony Gormley, Jan Fabre and Eliseo Mattiacci. This summer it will show “opere” by the photographer Massimo Listri and by the sculptor Davide Rivalta. So, in the inside you can find architecture and landscape photography and in the outside you can walk around big bronze animal sculptures. 

There is also a bar, so I suggest you climb there after 5 p.m. so you can also watch the wonderful sunset while having a drink on the terrace. Don’t think it would be expensive, it isn’t! 

There are also lots of events organized this summer, like concerts and plays, so don’t miss it!

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Details about this spot



Via di San Leonardo 1, Florence

Opening Times

Tue - Sun 11:00 - 20:00


Entrance: € 3


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