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“Well worth the walk” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte

The Basilica of San Miniato al Monte
Via Delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Florence, Italy
055 234 2731
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Ranked #1 of 220 attractions in Florence
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Lookouts
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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.
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“Well worth the walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

It is a long haul, but so worthwhile. The church is superb, wonderful interior and the view is amazing, especially at sunset, looking over the city and the hills. The Piazzale Michaelangelo is just down the road, which is also a "must" - the views are stunning and musicians play there.

Visited January 2013
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“A gem !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Worth every step up there !! Beautiful ! Take your time to enjoy it and then savor the views from up there !!

Visited October 2012
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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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