TBH had booked an open-topped bus tour, which was not only a good way to get a look around the city, but also took us up the adjacent hillside to the Piazzale Michelangelo.
From there the views – of the city and its landmarks, of the River Arno and of the surrounding Tuscan hills – were superb.
Michelangelo was raised (but not born) in Florence. The square contains marble copies of some of his sculptures, most obviously of David.
If you’re on a flying visit to Florence then the view from here is a great place to start.