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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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Guangzhou, China
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

A Basilica started in 1013 and dedicate to St. Miniato, an Amenian princess of the 3rd century. An very antique but solemn church full of history and sanctitude. Up on the hill and overlooking the city, makes it a true isolation from the worldly world - truly fantastc. We went there in the morning but I believe sunset and dusk... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The extra effort from Piazzale Michelangelo is worth it! Danny from Dei Mori B&B recommended me to go there and listen to the chant of the monks at 6.30pm (it was on Sunday.. not sure about other days).. that was pretty special.. and also the sun was setting at that time.. Stunning view of Florence.

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Hong Kong, China
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This place had one of the best view of the Florence City. If you need some exercise and like to walk up hill, this place would be great for you to stay -- especially during the sunset. However, the walk was a bit harsh - so if you want the nice view but do not want to walk too much,... More

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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

If you do one thing (besides visit the Duomo), you must climb up this hill to experience the amazing view of the city!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The church is simply beautiful and well taken care. The ground give an awesome view of the whole of Florence. And we even struck up a conversation with one of the elderly priests there. A must go to site!

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Lima, Peru
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Best time of the day definelty the sunset! such a romantic view, totally stunning experience! I gave him a big YES!

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The hosts at our Bed and Breakfast recommended we visit this sight. However, with only 2 days in Florence and so much to see within the city itself, we weren't sure if we would be able to get there. I cannot say how happy we did! Visiting this Basilica was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. We walked... More

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Begun in 1018 the church was built as a shrine to San Miniato. The architecture is beautiful and the view from the surrounding grounds of the church are stunning as well. There is a free standing Cappella del Crocifisso that is beautiful. Every evening at 6:30pm the monks have Vespers and Georgian Chanting. A beautiful thing to hear. The mass... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

beats the florence duomo any day. come here instead - better view, fewer tourists. try to come in time for the gregorian chant!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

There is a short hike to the place but is totally worth the effort. The views are rewarding for the physical exertion that you take to reach the place. Although It is not that strenuous to begin with. You get a beautiful view of the city from up here and the basilica in itself is an architectural masterpiece. One of... More

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