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Basilica San Miniato al Monte

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Address: Via delle Porte Sante 34, 50125, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 234 2731
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

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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You have to visit Italy, take at least a week to do so. I actually visited here in the early '90s before the existence of the Euro currency. Plenty of ancient sights to see how... read more

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Augusta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You have to visit Italy, take at least a week to do so. I actually visited here in the early '90s before the existence of the Euro currency. Plenty of ancient sights to see how well preserved the structures and art with your own eyes. Be sure to bring a good camera, wear good walking shoes (Cobble Stone streets) and... More 

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Go to any tobacco shop whose sign is a white T on a blue ground and buy a couple of €1.20 tickets. Take the number 12 bus to San Miniato. The church is small and very old. The view is spectacular. You can walk down to Piazza Michelangelo quite easily and get an equally impressive view. There is an adequate... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want an alternative to the Duomo to avoid the crowds, this is perfect. Beautiful building with stunning views, and much more interesting as the interior is quite unusual. If you can't get a slot to climb the Duomo bell tower/dome then fear not, you need to climb plenty of steps to reach this church! Plus, it's free! Could... More 

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Camas, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is not one of the most attended basilicas, which makes it more appealing to visit (not so crowded). The facade was beautiful and the view from the front (of the city) was fantastic! Inside was more simple than other churches, but still very impressive. The cemetery was also amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Constructed in 4 century for San Minias; the facade is decorated with nices arcades, with wonderful mosaics from the 12 century; riche decoration, outside and inside superb marble decors with symbols of animals and sign of the zodiak

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're visiting the Piazzale Michelangelo, you might as well stop by the Basilica San Miniato. It was a welcome change of pace from the touristy hustle-and-bustle of central Florence, and this quiet, serene church gives a better sense of what life was like for its monks.

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High above the city of Florence with spectacular views sits San Miniato standing atop one of the highest points in the city. It has been described as one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany and one of the most scenic churches in Italy. There is an adjoining Olivetan monastery, seen to the right of the basilica when ascending the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Breath taking view on the city of Florence, this Basilica is the oldest church in Florence. Most visitors are not told about this place. MUST SEE!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The basilica is situated on the top of the beautiful city of Florence. It is away from the touristic rush of the city. If you visit Piazzale michelangelo point make sure to walk a few steps further up to this wonderful basilica. It is a nice spiritual place.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located almost across the street from the Piazza Mercato Centrale, this church is the first cathedral of Florence and was given to the Medici family as their personal church if they contributed to the Duomo. Cosimo the older is entombed here, just in front and under the main alter. Donatello is also in the crypt

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Piazzale Michelangelo
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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