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Basilica San Miniato al Monte

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Address: Via Delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055 234 2731
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8:00 am - 1:00 pm
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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Situated on a hill (monte) outside Florence with unsurpassed views of the...

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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Beautiful church with a great view of Florence.

We went here in the late afternoon or early evening to view/photograph Florence in the "golden hours" of the day. As an added perk we got to explore the church and listen to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went here in the late afternoon or early evening to view/photograph Florence in the "golden hours" of the day. As an added perk we got to explore the church and listen to the Monks sing Gregorian Chant. Well worth a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This church is just above Piazza Michelangelo on a hilltop where you have a great view of Florence. You can get there by Bus 12 & 13 from Firenze SML Railway Station. Before sunset is the best time to go. The church has something spiritual about it that cannot be described in words. It is very quiet & peaceful. If... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful abbey up in the hills, very restful away from the crowds. Some great frescoes.Stunning views too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Further down the mountain, there is a tourist trap which is the main viewpoint for the city of Florence. There's a 'fake David' as my vespa tour guide called it and it's packed and touristy and not nearly as cool as this church. The story of San Miniato is incredible as well. Definitely look into that and come here to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This church is 900 years old and they still hold services the way they always have. The monks sing the entire service in gregorian chant by candlelight. It really gave me chills when they started, to be in such an old place experiencing this. We stayed for the whole service which was about an hour and I am not even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful church that dates back to the 10 century. One of the most amazing views of Florence from here, well worth the hike.

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Thank Luis J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Church opens at 9.30am, and its wise to set off early before the heat of the day. It took us about 45 mins to walk from town and there are many steps to climb. There is a lovely rose garden half way up - worth stepping into, with great views over the city. Once there, take time to walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A 900 year-old church built on the foundations of a church from 300 a.d. The ceiling inside is original to the building as are many of the columns, frescoes, and other artwork. There is an atmosphere of deep and quiet faith here, although not the most extravagant in comparison to some of Florence's other churches, I was humbled by the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Vespers are chanted in the crypt. Beautiful experience even if you're not into prayer but if you are then don't miss this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful church, grounds and cute store. Monks chant here at 5pm most evenings would have loved to have heard that. There are about a billion steps to get here but it is worth it. Incredible views.

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Just outside the ancient walls of Florence, Viale Michelangiolo starts. It is a winding road rimmed by wonderful poplars and holm oaks. The long ascent opens up to the most beautiful and famous panoramic viewpoint of Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo, where an elevated terrace offers visitors an incomparable and breathtaking view of the entire city from above. During good weather, Piazzale Michelangelo provides visitors with a serene space surrounded by the amazing landscape, better if accompanied by a fresh gelato from a local kiosk. During night, visitors will be dazzled by the warm lights of the capital of the Renaissance. Spend a second with the silent Romanesque beauty of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte: the one that wishes good morning and good night to Florence!
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