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“the view, the interior, the FEEL -- top moment in Florence for me” 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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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.
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“the view, the interior, the FEEL -- top moment in Florence for me”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We timed this right. Service had just ended, it wasn't thronged with tourists, visitors were respectful and quiet, and the organist was playing. It was transporting. The mosaic work is beautiful and the interior elegant. The view of Florence in the distance is expansive, a feast for a good camera. But the lasting impression was really how wonderful it felt to shuffle around the basilica and outside on the terrace. Take a moment to be still and breathe. It's a respite from the chaotic piazzas.

Visited December 2012
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“Beautiful mosaics”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

As others have said, it is an uphill climb to this church, which can be torturous in warm weather, but once at the top, the views of Florence are incredible. The church itself is beautiful. It is best to go on a sunny day - both for the city views and visiting the church - because the lighting inside the church is not very good. However, there are beautiful old mosaics that, hopefully, you will be able to see if the lighting is adequate.

Visited January 2013
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“Incredible Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

this was difinetly worth the trip over to the church is really nice but the views from the outside are absolutely incredible, one of the highlights of our day in florence

Visited October 2012
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“Wonderful view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We all took some time to sit outside of the church and admire the view over the city. While we did take time to reflect and enjoy the peacefulness outside as well, we also had Man read aloud information about the church from our guide bookso we could fully appreciate the chirch.

Visited December 2012
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“The Most Beautiful Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I went to this church multiple times during my time in Florence for study abroad. I went with my class, my family, and a couple of times on my own. I was always impressed by both the interior and the view. This is really a wonderful spot in Florence, out of the muggy narrow streets, and with so much history.

Visited November 2012
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