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“amazing romantic views at sunset” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica San Miniato al Monte

Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Via Delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Florence, Italy (Piazzale Michelangelo)
055 234 2731
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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 architecture, built between the 11th and 13th centuries.
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“amazing romantic views at sunset”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Unsurpassed views over the city at sunset - right across the Arno to the cathedral.

We came in the evening, so the church was shut - but the views from the steps are worth it in themselves. Very few other people around at all, which would not be the case elsewhere.

It is a bit of a trek on foot but I think well worth it.

This was just a lucky find. Beautiful.

Visited March 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Good view but long walk!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I saw that this church was one of the top attractions on TripAdvisor so I convinced myself and my family to take the long walk here. The church was small and pretty special because I haven't seen anything like that before. There's a good view of Florence with the gardens of Pitti Palace (I suppose) and a small cemetery in front of the church. I think if you're pressed for time, it'd be perfectly fine to skip this attraction and just stop at Piazzale di Michelangelo, which I think has a better view of the city. But then again, if you're already so far up, you might as well walk further on to the basilica... Just walk along the main road to the basilica, instead of trying to take a short cut like I did and ended up walking on wet soil.

Visited December 2012
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Hammond, Louisiana
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“Charming experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Quite a walk uphill/upstairs across the Arno from Florence downtown, but well worth the effort. Tremendous views of the Florence, exquisite church interior, crowned with mess sung in Gregorian chants by the monks at dusk (~5:30 pm in the winter and ~6:30 pm in the summer). Absolutely memorable!

Visited December 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“wonderful church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This is one of our favorite churches in Italy. The monks were singing when we visited. It is well worth the climb up the hill and it is one of the few free churches in Florence.

Visited December 2012
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Incline Village, Nevada
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“Incredible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We have been to Flonce a number of times and always got to visit David because it is the most beautiful statue, made of one piece of marble that we have ever seen.

Visited November 2012
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