Top 10 Photoshoot Locations in Florence, Italy
Florence is beautiful no matter where you go but it’s always a good idea to have some special places in mind before a shoot. Whether you’re searching for the ultimate Instagram photo or are looking for the best Florentine backdrop for your family photos, this list is for you. Happy shooting!
Make sure to check out the map at the bottom to see the exact locations.
1. San Miniato Al Monte
San Miniato Al Monte is a basilica, standing atop one of the highest points in the city. Which naturally means it has one of the best panoramic views of the city below. Since it’s a bit of a trek up the hill from Piazzale Michelangelo and is lesser known, there aren’t as many people as some of the more famous landmarks in Florence.
If you make it up to the top while the sun is setting, you will be rewarded with spectacular views. If you don’t want to walk all the way back down the steps of the basilica, there’s an alternative route out through the back. It will take you through a small park with beautiful Mediterranean pine trees back down to Piazzale Michelangelo.
This location is one of my favorites because of the beautiful staircase at the base of the hill. It makes the perfect backdrop for stunning travel photos.
2. Piazzale Michelangelo
Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the best and most famous lookouts for a stunning view of Florence. It’s only about a 15 minute walk from Ponte Vecchio up to the square although, you better wear comfortable shoes since it’s all uphill. The square offers several locations to get the perfect shot and is beautiful both in the morning and evening. Sunset, however, is a dream.
3. Giardino delle Rose (Rose Garden)
The Rose Garden is right underneath Piazzale Michelangelo. You still get the spectacular panoramic views of the city but you’re also inside a beautifully manicured garden! The roses are only in full bloom in May but the garden is still green, beautiful and open year round.
I love this location for it’s balance between nature and the manmade feel of the city in the background. It feels luxurious just to walk through such a place and the photos taken here reflect that feeling.
4. Piazza Santo Spirito
Piazza Santo Spirito, located in Oltrarno (the “other side of the Arno,” ), is one of the more picturesque areas of Florence. The location is great for capturing something a little more Florentine and a little less “classic” Florence that you would find in a guide book. The square is full of trees, benches and has a beautiful octagonal shaped fountain in the middle.
This is one of my favorite places to sit down at a cafe to sip some wine or have a sandwich while sitting on the steps in front of the church. It also makes a great location for a more relaxed photoshoot.
If you stroll past the church and away from the square, between Via Maggio and Piazza Pitti, you’ll find yourself wandering down cozy little medieval streets that are a maze of artisans’ workshops.
5. Ponte alla Carraia
Ponte alla Carraia is the second bridge past Ponte Vecchio. I’m in love with this bridge for its beautiful street lamps and of course the spectacular view of Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita.
Ponte Vecchio is absolutely stunning but, if you’re too close or you don’t have the right angle, it’s hard to give it justice in a photograph. This bridge, in my opinion, is the answer. It’s the perfect view point for taking gorgeous travel photos.
6. Piazzale degli Uffizi
Making our way across Ponte Vecchio we come to Piazzale degli Uffizi. It sits between the famous Uffizi Museum in a long corridor leading to Piazza della Signoria. You only need to step foot in this square to understand why it’s on this list. The tall columns of the Uffizi stretch out before you, leading your eye to the brilliant light coming from the open space of the Arno river. The light shines in through the archway and illuminates the square in a spectacular way.
Most days you will find artists lining the square painting portraits and landscapes right before your eyes. This combination of beautiful architecture, culture and light make for incredible photos.
7. Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Signoria is a feast for the eyes. There is Palazzo Vecchio or the “old palace”, the larger than life fountain of Neptune and the open air museum, Loggia dei Lanzi. When you are walking through this square it really feels like you’ve stepped back in time. If you are trying to capture the feeling of Florence’s medieval past in your photos, this is the right place to be.
Horse drawn carriages ride past while you’re gazing up at a replica of the statue of David. This square is a bit tricky to do a photoshoot in if you don’t come at the right time. Since it’s located in the middle of the historical center and is very well known, tourists flood the square as soon as they’re woken up. Early morning is ideal for great photographs in this location. In my experience however, it’s always worth the early wake up call.
8. Piazza della Repubblica
Piazza della Repubblica sits midway between Piazza della Signoria and Piazza del Duomo. It’s the square with the beautiful carousel in the middle. A carousel perfect for using as a photoshoot prop for kids and adults alike. The decorations and the artwork look like they’ve come straight out of a fairytale.
Leading out to Via Degli Strozzi, there is a spectacular archway that makes for the perfect backdrop for beautiful well composed travel photos.
9. Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo is the square that surrounds the famous Florence Cathedral, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, or il Duomo. The church is made using beautiful pastel colored marble. The soft green, pink and white decorated walls make for fantastic compositions.
The wonderful thing about taking photos in this location is that as you walk around the church, the light that filters in through the buildings around the square is constantly changing depending on where you are.
10. Piazza di Santa Croce
Piazza di Santa Croce is another square that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into the medieval past of the city. The buildings that surround the square are all different and decorated with artistic precision.
The steps leading up to the church make a great place to sit down and rest to enjoy a well deserved gelato on a hot day or, of course, pose for a great travel photo.
Interested in a destination photoshoot in Florence, Italy? View my portfolio to see some more of my work and learn about my sessions.