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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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Ranked #2 of 214 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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Bern
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We went on foot to the hill where San Miniato al Monte is located. It took us about half an hour from the city center. The view and the church were spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This is quite a trek but you will be well rewarded by the panoramic views over Florence. The church itself is also pretty stunning. After a climb, you do feel that you deserve the view. So it is very satisfying indeed! It is also less crowded that all the various towers and cupolas you have to queue for within the... More

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Take a walk across the Ponte Vechio bridge to this church. The views are spectacular looking out over all Florence. Choose a cool day as there are numerous steps - although there is a road that winds up to the church.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

San Miniato is not only an exceptionally beautiful example of Romanesque architecture but also a transcendently peaceful and spiritual space. It's far less crowded than its more accessible counterparts but well worth the walk for the view alone. Try and come in the evening for the Gregorian Chants and an unparalleled view of the city.

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Holstebro, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

When at piazzale Michelangelo do go 10 minuts further on up hill and find the fantastic litle Basilica. The view is also fantastic and there a fever tourist and it is very quiet. Do also spend some time to see the graveyard. Did spend a small hour at the Basilica Miniato, on a sunny day, on the way up there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Very nice almost 1000 year old Roman church. Very nice walk to go there. Also visit piazza Michaelangelo

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The hike up is well worth the spectacular view. We came up for the Gregorian Chants and were very well rewarded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

You will go to Piazza Michelangelo while in Florence (since it has the best view of Florence). Take some quality time to go up a block more to see San Miniato. The basilica is quiet, reserved and peaceful. Compared to the Duomo, it is so incredibly calm. And yet San Miniato is also stunning inside. The views from San Miniato... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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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