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“Gregorian Chants Service at 6:30 pm a must do experience”

Basilica San Miniato al Monte
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San Miniato al Monte and Orsanmichele Art Tour
Ranked #12 of 659 things to do in Florence
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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.
Reviewed January 4, 2014

We raced to get here, in the dark, up the steep hill on the south side of Florence in time for the monks to proceed into the lower chapel of this beautiful church on a hill overlooking Florence. The views from out front over the city are spectacular, but the interior of the chapel matches it, with upper and lower chapels. The monks proceed into the small, lower chapel at 6:30 pm for about 45 minutes of a service in chant, which is stunningly beautiful and serene. It was very cold and only 8 or 9 people were in the chapel with us as the monks undertook their mass in late December. It was simply surreal. The acoustics are amazing in the chapel. Monks range in age from very young to very old ... 9 or so participated the evening were there. I am not sure what the religious significance or process they followed was, but it was spiritual and beautiful nonetheless. The overall church is among the most beautiful in Italy and worth a visit day or night, and the views over the city are worth the hike up the hill...it is like getting the view from atop of the Duomo (which we also did) but without the ridiculously long line and wait. A MUST visit church in Italy and a MUST to experience it during a service of chants in the evening.

Btw, no fee to visit the chapel...free...but we left an offering.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Though it's a long way from the centre of the city, San Miniato, one of the most interesting churches in Florence, is well worth the walk. The green and white stone façade and interior are based on the cladding of the Baptistery, the mosaics are exquisite, the rafters supporting the roof are decorated with intricate motifs brought to Western Europe by the Moors, and the highlight is the sacristy with its Life of St Benedict painted by Spinello Aretino. If you o at 5:00 pm, you can listen to the monks sing Vespers in the crypt. The piazza out front provides a superb view of the city.

1  Thank torontotosca2016
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We walked up from the Ponte Vecchio, which was steep climb but well worth it. The church is lovely and the panoramic views and breath taking

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Want a view of Florence?

Forget about piazza Michelangelo !

Nothing beats the view from this tiny church just a shirt climb from Michelangelo !

Don't be lazy......do the climb....it's worth it

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Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Having travelled all over Europe sometimes all the gorgeous churches start looking the same. This one truly stands out for its unique exterior. Lovely photo opp if you can beat the crowds :)

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