Piazzale Michelangelo was built by Giuseppe Poggi in 1865, an architect who also planned a big project to modernize Florence.
In the second half of the 19th century, Florence was declared capital of Italy, that's why the city was significantly modified.
On the right side of the city the walls were destroyed to build the new boulevards, on the left side instead,
the panoramic boulevard - viale dei Colli - that leads to Piazzale Michelangelo.
The Piazzale is dedicated to the Renaissance artist, Michelangelo, for this reason in the square there are some copies of his masterpieces as the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapels in San Lorenzo.
After your visit, you can take Viale dei Colli to return to the center by car and admire the view.
Otherwise, if you prefer walking, you can take the stairs shortcut leading to Piazza Poggi.