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The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte

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Address: Via Delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055 234 2731
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Description: Situated on a hill (monte) outside Florence with unsurpassed views of the...
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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The best view in the world!

San Miniato all Monte, overlooks Florence or rather this, the most beautiful Romanesque Church in Italy, presides over the city like a divine golden cloud descending from heaven... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

San Miniato all Monte, overlooks Florence or rather this, the most beautiful Romanesque Church in Italy, presides over the city like a divine golden cloud descending from heaven. Its beauty is the architecture and its position. The thousand year old Romanesque Church is still in perfect form filled with art from the eleventh century to the sixteenth century reflecting the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

A 2 minute stroll from Michaelangelo's Balocony, but with, if possible even more breathtaking views of the city. Take time to visit this quiet corner. We missed it, but at around 5 each afternoon the monks can apparently be heard singing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Exquisite church, with really beautiful surroundings in a marvellous position offering breathtaking views to Florence! Ideally plan your visit in the afternoon when the colours of the sunset add to the magic of the scenery!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

After a nice long walk you end up next to beautiful church. In front of it a lot of Japanese wedding couples are taking pictures and their fancy Italian photographs are trying to fit them in the best Florence view. Florence view is a treat itself, especially during sunny day.You don't need to pay and you can see major architectural... More 

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We had a walk up away from the city and came across this church. Very quiet. Fantastic graveyard. The inside of the church was beautiful. Dark, quiet and beautiful frescos. Romanesque inside and smaller than many of the churches in Florence city. Worth a good walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

There are so many ways to enjoy San Miniato al Monte. It is a must if you decide to visit the Piazzale Michelangelo. So close by and a visit that you will always remember. The Romanesque church is one of the most beautiful in Florence, austere outside, sumptuous beauty inside. The monumental cemetery adjacent is stunning. As are the views... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Wasn't planning to visit until i saw the places close to Piazzale Michelangelo which had 5 stars on Trip advisor. Agree to the rating. Very peaceful place. Mind you though, the church is in dark, and you have to pay for the lights to turn on if you want to capture the internal beauty

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The walk up has been made by pilgrims for millennium. The view from the front of this ancient church is unforgettable. There is no electricity in the church unless you pay 2 euro to illuminate the mosaic floors. The frescos may be so bright because of the missing electric lights...who knows...but they are well preserved. Go around 5:30 to hear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Don't miss the 5:30 Sunday mass that is sung in Gregorian Chants down in a crypt! I am not a religious person, but this was my the most memorable experience I had during my stay in Florence. The acoustics and the setting are magical. Also, the quintessential view of Florence from the front of this church is what you see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This church is located above the famous Piazzale Michelangiolo in the high part of Florence. The church itself deserves a long visit, better if you find a friar inside who explains you the hidden treasures of the place... Outside you have a beautiful view of Florence, beside a little cemetery with famous personalities' graves. Overall, awesome place to visit !

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