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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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As featured in 3 days in Florence and 1 other guide
Ranked #1 of 219 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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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I am not a specialist in architecture, but this is a fantastic church. It's beautiful and impressive and is worth visiting for the view of Florence.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

it is a great experience. but it looks nicer from outside than inside. long Ques are waiting for you.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Came here specially via taxi, as I read the good reviews in TA. Do read up on the timings to come by, if you are here for the gregorian chants. Simple interiors, not the most grand church you will see around Italy... But when the gregorian chants (at the basement floor) start, a surreal feeling overwhelms you. Strange but really... More

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Florence, Toscana, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This Church is known for its relic of San Miniato and is a point of pilgrimage; however, the stunning views from its forecourt are worth the trek up the additional steps from Piazza Michelangelo. Having studied Architecture abroad in Firenze, I was taken to this church to listen to the Gregorian chants of the monks that live there. It is... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Quite a hike up to the top, we went up the grand staircase. Listened to the Gregorian chanting at 6:30 in the evening.

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Olympia, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The view is not better than the one on the road below, and even for those who weren't "churched out" decades ago, this one didn't seem to have anything special going for it beyond location. The walk up is easy, and there's a route through a park along the east edge of the grounds that is at least pretty, compared... More

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Closed for renovations but the tarp was made to look like the building, even reno's are classy in Europe!

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Parma, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The entrance is free of charge, I keep thinking this is the most beautiful unspoilt church interior I have seen so far. You have to see it!

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Burnaby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

San Miniato is a nice church. Its facade is very different from the other churches that we have visited. It is decorated with green and white marble. The monks even sell gelato made by them.

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Firenze
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

For those interested in history and art, this is one of the few buildings in Florence that is still like it was around 1000 AD. Especially interesting are the mosaics on the floors. For all others, this place is probably the best view over the city, in the peaceful and semi-rural hills just around Florence. Go there around sunset to... More

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