To get to the Piazalle Michaelangelo, we criss-crossed through town to the river, then crossed at Ponte Vecchio. We ran down the river for a ways, then began up a slowly ascending, tree-lined residential street. There was even a bike lane! The residential area was very different from the part of Florence we stayed in, and it was nice to see a new area we wouldn't have seen.
After maybe a mile and a half of the slow climb, we reached the summit, which opens up to Piazalle Michaelangelo. Overlooking all of Florence, it is a key vista point and had the hallmarks of a tourist haven. Lucky for us, at 7AM we only shared the view with two other runners.
A view of Florence:
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Here is the copy of Michaelangelo's David that is in the Piazalle:
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After a few moments enjoying the view, we headed back down a different route, along a switch-back of decomposed granite pathways down to the river. Then, we crossed back through town, on streets much more full of life than they had been a half hour before. All told, a beautiful and scenic four miles.