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The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte

Address: Via Delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055 234 2731
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Ranked #3 of 221 Attractions in Florence
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Situated on a hill (monte) outside Florence with unsurpassed views of...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Owner description: Situated on a hill (monte) outside Florence with unsurpassed views of the city, this structure is one of the finest examples of Tuscan Romanesque architecture, built between the 11th and 13th centuries.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

If you have enjoyed the view at Piazzale Michelangelo then make the effort to walk a little further to the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte. What a truly gorgeous church, cemetery and view and so very peaceful.

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Moraga, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This was a nice, uphill walk for our family that had a beautiful view. I loved the gift shop because it had small batch items made locally. (Baked goods, soaps, etc.) The church was so pretty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence is a must visit for a spectacular panoramic view of the city. If you take the bus from Santa Maria Novella (main train station), get off at Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte, and climb the steps to the very top before you turn around to look at the view. This truly is a “Wow”... More 

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Church inside is very big and contains many masterpieces! Near the church there is a cemetery and the views from the street are breathtaking:) The entrance is free!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

We arrived during the Sunday church service (around 11 AM). We sat down and listened to the sermon. The church was packed with faithful worshipers. It was a nice church with a cemetery in front of it. Beautiful view of the city too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We arrived here whilst on our Fiat 500 tour with The Italian Wheels (through Walkabout Florence). We were informed by our guide that this Basilica had the best views of Florence and we weren't disappointed. The Basilica itself is amazing and the history behind it fascinating. Check out the zodiac engraving on the floor of the church - very unusual.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We got to San Miniato al Monte shortly after a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo as it is just a few minutes walk further up the hill. We wandered the cemetery area of the church for quite a while before heading to the exterior of the church to go inside and view what is a beautiful example of classic Romanesque architecture.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Worth the visit (and the uphill climb!), not only for great views of Florence, but mostly for the byzantine mosaic and frescos (you pay a small fee to enter this room). If you are Catholic and like Gregorian chants, go for the Sunday afternoon mass in Latin. There is a small shop upfront selling jams and honey produced by the... More 

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New Paltz, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I intended to go for the gregorian chanting, but didn't arrive on the correct day. But so worth the trip! You know that postcard you see everywhere of the Duomo in Florence, from a hill overlooking the cit? Here is where that picture is taken. The view is great, the basilica is small and unassuming but lovely. The graveyard around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This Basilica is a gem from the XIth Century and one of the best examples of Romanic Style with a splendid facade, a very special interior because of its layout and beautiful frescoes.

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