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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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Continue uphill along the road from the Piazzale Michelangelo and you come to the steps leading up to The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte. It's a lovely Church and on Sundays the monks accompany Mass with Gregorian chant at 10.00 and 17.30, in the crypt. During the week in the summer the Gregorian chant takes place at 17.30. A... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Very impressive Romanesque church as it's shady and quiet inside. Beautiful fresco's, crypt and other details. Absolutely worth the climb for the church and the view over the city!

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

As if the breathtaking setting is not enough. If you time your visit well, (check the time tables) you may also be able to taken in the evening chants of the monks in residence. A shop to the left of the cathedral should have the information. The church itself, while magnificent, is poorly lit and so, quite dark. On the... More

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Neptune Beach, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I was expecting a challenging uphill climb. But it wasn't challenging at all. From Piazzale Roma, I walked around the restaurant, up some stairs, past a church, and then towards the top of the hill on a walkway/trail until I got to the top. To the left was the cemetery. Or, to the right around the corner of the church... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to attend a service here and although we aren't religious it was a peaceful interlude in a busy day. Both the interior and exterior are lovely, this is a lovely church

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

opposite the river, climb up the stairs to the San Miniato. It is dedicated to saint Minias who was an Armenian prince killed by Emperor Domitian for being a Christian. This is based on a 3rd century church and is wonderful. The views from the terrace of the city of Florence are a plus

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

But he managed to walk up to this beautiful place for the view. It's a wonderful church, though it's certainly not filled with the sights and art that other Florentine churches are. But you can't beat the view.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

An amazing place to see. One of the most beautiful buildings i have ever seen it will take your breath away.

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I went there at sunset, when the church was about to close (7pm) and it turned out to be a great decision. The views over Florence are amazing, unique, and in my opinion, far better than the ones you can get from the Duomo or the campanile. The church is also quite interesting, with paintings and two floors, do take... More

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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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