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The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte

Via del Monte alle Croci / Viale Galileo Galilei | Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125 Florence, Italy
055 234 2731
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As featured in 3 days in Florence and 1 other guide
Ranked #2 of 211 attractions in Florence
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Beautiful view of Florence ! Be there for the chanting Gregorian monks at the end of the day. Bus up but do walk down through the Michelangelo Piazza back across the Arno to Florence.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

A beautiful basilica and a haven of calm and tranquility in a bustling city. We were fortunate enough to arrive at the basilica while the brothers were singing, which was a rather special experience. Also unbeatable views of the city and the walk makes you feel less guilty about that huge pizza you just ate... Well worth the effort.

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Palmer Lake, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Set on a hill outside the walls of Florence it is a magnificent building with a magnificent view. You can walk there if reasonably fit and the gardens and grottos leading up to it are interesting onto themselves. Make sure you wander through the graves sites below the Basilica plaza.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A little off the city center, but definitely worth a visit. This church has some peculiarities and a great history (it doesn't have a cross on it's top!), so consider going with a guide. Also, the view of the city from there is really nice!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Tired of the crowds? Go (or take the bus 12 or 13) and see this beautiful basilica with its wonderful façade of white and green marble, that was already documented in a Charlemagne papers. Read a good story about a soldier Miniato-his relics are hidden in the Romanesque altar. You can see wonderful mosaics,frescos,spectacular carpet of marble from year 1207... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The church is nice but the view from outside of the whole city laid out in front of you is what makes the walk to here worth it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

My wife and I use the DK travel guide. In it is a "two hour walk to San Miniato al Monte" that has been one of the highlights of our visit to Florence. Within ten minutes of walking you feel like you are wandering off into Tuscany, except that you are being repeatedly treated to various views of Florence as... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The views from this church are breathtaking. If you have enough time, i would definitely recommend it. Bring lots of water to say hydrated in summer months.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We just went for the view! The walk up will burn off a few of those extra calories and it is not as far as it looks on paper. Lovely view right across the city, worth the effort on a fine day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

the cemetary is the most amazing place, and the views are spectacular. May be best to do on a guided tour if you have difficulty with steps and steep slopes

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