Forte Belvedere is my favorive spot in Florence. It is a fortress built in the 16th century to protect the center 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 usually hosts exhibitions of contemporary art. In these years it has hosted exhibitions of Giuseppe Penone, Antony Gormley, Jan Fabre, Eliseo Mattiacci, the photographer Massimo Listri and the sculptor Davide Rivalta.
This summer’s exhibition is Ieri, oggi, domani. Italia autoritratto allo specchio, a photografic exibition. Inside the Palazzina del Buontalenti we can find photos that reflect different kinds of Italy: from the historic pictures from the Archivio Alinari to the “metaphysics” ones from Massimo Vitali.
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 will be expensive, it isn’t!