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.
The Forte Belvedere is open from May till October and it usually hosts exhibitions of contemporary art. This summer there is a retrospective dedicated to Eliseo Mattiacci, Italian avant-garde pioneer and artist of the experimentation and renewal movements in sculpture. You can see Florence through Mattiacci’s sculptures representing the cosmos, the orbits, the planets and the stars. It’s a fact that Galileo Galilei used the Forte Belvedere for his astronomical observations.
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.
There are also lots of events organized this summer, like concerts and plays, so don’t miss it!