Rocca Federico II

Rocca Federico II, San Miniato: Hours, Address, Rocca Federico II Reviews: 4.5/5

Rocca Federico II
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Brun066
Florence, Italy11,056 contributions
Friends
The traveler who runs - by train or along the highway - the way from Florence to Pisa or vice versa, for a long time can see, high on the hills south of the Arno Valley, this tower, and realizes he is near San Miniato. The tower then is the visual symbol of the city.
But we can regard it as the symbol of San Miniato in a broader sense; that is, as it indicates the unique features of this city, atypical among those of Tuscany.
San Miniato is atypical, in that in a region with a famous and splendid history for Middle Ages municipal autonomy ("Comuni"), it has long remained a stronghold of the feudal Holy Roman Empire (significantly, it has long been known as "San Miniato al Tedesco", which means more or less "San Miniato belonging to the Germans").
San Miniato in fact since the time of Otto I of Saxony (emperor in 962 AD) became the seat of the "Imperial vicar" in Tuscany (ie, the representative of the Holy Roman Empire's power in the region). And when the emperors are traveling to Tuscany, often they reside here.
The building of the tower by the Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen (1223) is thus consistent with this long-term logic.
Therefore the development of San Miniato as an independent municipality is slow and contrasted, and even the Church has a weak power. Suffice it to say that a major city such as San Miniato doesn't become home to the bishopric until the early seventeenth century.
Unfortunately, the tower was destroyed by the German army retreating in WW II (1944), and then rebuilt. But at least the value of a symbolic landmark, according to what I've tried to deploy, remains intact.
Written March 14, 2016
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CoreTravelEurope
68 contributions
Family
San Miniato was like 10 minutes drive from our apartment so we went to see some stuff. When we got there, there wasn't any tourist or something like that. Streets were empty, but it was still beautiful. We walked for 30 minutes to the top, and it was worth it. The view is amazing. You can see a very big part of Toscany. It was just..wow!
Written February 6, 2016
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FamilyGCLJ
Celle, Germany47 contributions
A short walk to the top of San Miniato will bring you here. Great views of the surrounding area but there is a small charge to climb the tower if you feel the need to go higher.
Written August 13, 2014
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Jesmond S
Pembroke, Malta136 contributions
It was worth a visit from Pisa (by train and bus) to San Miniato - Rocca Federico is at the top of San Miniato and offers a wonderful view of Tuscany. Worth the walk up the hill.
Written March 16, 2020
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Dave M
Dunblane, UK133 contributions
Couples
Looking for somewhere off the beaten track and found San Miniato.
Caught the train from Pisa and then a taxi up from San Miniato train station (€12) to the old town. Walked to the top of the hill and scaled the tower (€3.5/p) and rewarded with superb views.
Well worth a visit but note that the buses don’t seem to run on Sundays, hence the taxi.
Written July 21, 2019
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aewilliams22
69 contributions
Couples
Worth the climb for a great 360 view of San Miniato & surrounding areas. Still a good view at the bottom of the tower for those not wanting to make the climb. Sturdy stairs in the tower - well maintained.
Written February 23, 2016
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Kjetil E
Montecarlo, Italy1,014 contributions
Interesting view point. Looking in all direction and see a lot of Tuscany. Being there in late autumn was special. Heading back in the summer to look at different colors.
Written November 16, 2019
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Perry G
Blairgowrie, UK297 contributions
Friends
unfortunately arrived just as they were closing the tower. It is still a nice view from the plateau where the castle used to be.
Written July 30, 2019
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MrRwFr
Geneva, Switzerland152 contributions
Couples
It was 34° when we arrived at the parking, fortunately there is a lift which takes you up to the lower part of the village.

Getting up to the tower is easy, there are a few stars to climb but unfortunately at the base of the tower the area is a little but unkempt... Tuscany is huge and very varied region and even though the view was nice it was not as nice as some of the other regions that we had visited. We found San Gimignano far more beautiful in respects to the view from the tower..

Also some readers mentioned being able to climb the tower but when we were there the door at the bottom was solidly closed and did not look as though it had been opened recently..
Written June 13, 2017
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florencecats
Florence, Italy30 contributions
Be out of time..all the winds dance around the tower,sometimes you feel like surrounded by fairs...the view opens to four valleys...
Written December 18, 2015
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