Campeggio Michelangelo

[Unfortunately, Campeggio Michelangelo closed in 2014. Hopefully this wonderful campground will re-open sometime in the future.]

The Campeggio Michelangelo campground in Florence offers the best views from a campground in all of Italy

Camping Michelangelo, Florence
Camping Michelangelo, Florence.
Back in the good old days when my family really did try to do "Europe on $5 a Day" (with the help of a classic orange VW Camper-van) this was our favorite Florentine parking spot.

It's a giant empty lot—get here early to fight for a spot along the edge for some shade (or those coveted tent plots on the grassy bits in an olive grove)—on a plateau overlooking Florence just below Piazzale Michelangiolo, where tour buses always stop for the requisite postcard panorama shot of the city.

OK, admittedly, from the campground trees block the vista for most of the year (you sort of see the cathedral dome and city's towers poking above the foliage).

Still, it's a great location, just a five-minute bus ride (on the no. 12 or 13) or a fifteen-minute stroll from the historic center— unusual for any campground in a major European city.

Didn't BYO Tent? April to October, they have a row of 6-foot-high nylon campaign tents each with a floor and two cots for rent—though that doubles the price to around €50 for two, and you should book ahead. There's a bar and minimart, and a restaurant pub across the street and down a bit.

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Viale Michelangelo 80 (take bus 12 or 13)
tel. +39-055-681-1977

Bus: 13, 12
Hop-on/hop-off: Michelangelo (A, B), Piazzale Michelangelo (C)

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Campeggio Michelangelo
Viale Michelangelo 80 (take bus 12 or 13)
tel. +39-055-681-1977

Bus: 13, 12
Hop-on/hop-off: Michelangelo (A, B), Piazzale Michelangelo (C)

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