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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 #2 of 215 Attractions in Florence
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Lookouts, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

...with perhaps the best views of Florence I have yet seen. The shop run by the monks is quite pleasant. I read this is one of the oldest churches of Florence, and it appears almost Byzantine in its decoration - few statues, many mosaics. Don't judge it immediately, wait till your eyes adjust to the low lighting. While we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful San Miniato al Monte church is situated a few hundred yards from Piazzale Michelangelo, it's such an interesting Abbazin and if you go at the right times, (from memory it's 12pm and 6.30pm daily) you can catch the priests in the church performing gregorian chants. It is a good 40+ minute walk to this Church from Ponte Vecchio (of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

My wife and I walked up to the Basilica from Piazzale Michaelangelo and were blown away by the ornate features of the interior of the Basilica (and the Gregorian monks chanting, which was neat to listen to) but also the beauty of the cemetery behind the church. The tombstones were beautiful, and the cemetery was well cared for. We will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Lovely old religious building. With people in their costumes. It's free and to be honest the other monuments cost money so you may as well look at these free one. It's at the top of a hill. It has flowers and graves on the steps up to it. Get a great view at top of hill. We went at night... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Just as good as the Duomo, (on the inside at least) this Basilica is just past the Piazzale Michelangiolo and was open til at least 5pm when we went there. The architecture is pretty and it has a nice feel to it. When we descended into the lower part of the vestry we were barked at by a grumpy priest,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

San Miniato Al Monte is a bit of a walk to reach from Central Florence. We happened upon it by accident and found it hugely rewarding. There are few words to describe its powerful spiritual appeal. But the sight, smells and feeling of this Basilica are not to be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Loved this beautiful church. The hilltop views were incredible. The lower level prayer area felt scared & special. Visit in the early evening if you'd like to hear the monks chanting & for wonderful sunset views of Florence. There's quite a bit of walking involved to get here but very worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Worth the climb to this Florentine gem. A Romanesque beauty decked with early renaissance's finest. Interior mosaics and facade are to die for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The view is fantastic and the church is beautiful as well. You should not miss to visit this church when go you to Florence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Turn right and walk up Viale Machiavelli--for 30 or 45 minutes, depending on how fast you want to hoof it--to arrive at this beautiful church fronted by a cemetery. Inside, the structure seems bigger than the outside would suggest, a characteristic all old churches seem to share. On the way out, you are treated to one of the best views... More 

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