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The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte

Via Delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Florence, Italy
055 234 2731
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Lookouts
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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... more » 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. « less
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Bucharest
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Very close from the Piazzale Michelangelo, this church has a wonderful view of Florence, simillar with the one from the Piazzale Michelangelo. The church is very nice on outside and also on inside, and no entrance fee is requested. Still, this is clearly not the No #1 attraction in Florence; at least Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo, the view from Giotto’s Campanile... More

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Voorhees, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful view - major climb up with lots and lots of steps. The church is free and very pretty. There is a nice gift shop where you can get a cold drink and sit outside and take in the view. The crypts are very interesting.

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Dalgety Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Well worth a walk up to this church for the views alone. I visited just before sun down and the orange and purple light from the setting sun created a gorgeous glow over the city!

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

San Miniato sits atop a hill overlooking Florence. It is a beautiful Romanesque church (some say one of the most beautiful ROmanesque churches in Italy). Gorgeous mosaic flooring looks like and oriental carpet. We came in the afternoon but I have now read that we should have visited in the early evening - perhaps 6/6:30pm to hear the monks chant... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

They were conducting a short Latin mass when we arrived, my wife was very moved. It is a lovely place, with even better views from the forecourt of the church than Piazzale Michelangelo, which is only a few hundred meters away

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

As much as you want to visit the church for its beauty and the scenic views from here, you can’t deny or help notice the strong history that is associated with the place. There is dearth of colorful stories from the past that will make you look this church in a new light. Like every other church, I found this... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The church has exquisite interior with a beautiful 12th century mosaic . The church is unusual in that it is on 3 levels.The view from the top of the stairs is gorgeous on a clear day. You can combine this church with a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo .

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

San Miniato is a great attraction for two reasons: 1) The wonderful views over Florence and the Arno 2) The monks do Gregorian chants in the evenings. Try to stay and watch/listen to this--cool experience!

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Brunswick, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Beautiful church in the quiet part of Florence. The view from the outside of the church is stunning.

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Buckhannon, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Went in the evening to hear the chanting but was very distracted by people outside talking very loudly. The church and the view were beautiful as were the grounds. Worth the trip up there. You can walk from Piazzella Michaelagelo

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