Basilica San Miniato al Monte

Basilica San Miniato al Monte, Florence

Basilica San Miniato al Monte

Basilica San Miniato al Monte
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Lookouts • Religious Sites
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9:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
About
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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Neighbourhood: 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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154
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Madeline
Oxford, UK29 contributions
Apr 2022
We sat in the garden below the church in a little field of daisies. We spent hours here eating strawberries, chatting, napping and listening to music. This is FREE (that is for you college students) and was probably one of the best things I did on my whole vacation.
Written 17 April 2022
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Grace
Florence, Italy38 contributions
Aug 2021
This little cathedral is hidden up on the hill but it's worth your time. Instead of making the long line to the main cathedral, hike up the hill to see this beautiful hidden jewel.
Written 19 September 2021
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Marla7
Naas, Ireland729 contributions
Sep 2021
San Miniato al Monte is one of my favourite places in Florence. I was obsessed with it even before seeing it in person, and I sometimes even dream of it! It's a beautiful building with a unique atmosphere and from the outside you get amazing views of Florence. It's only a few minutes walk from Piazzale Michelangelo so make sure you go up if you've already made that climb. Entrance is also free, and it is rarely crowded.
Written 14 September 2021
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Roger Montala
Valls, Spain385 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
It is quite popular to go to piazzale Michelangelo, but if you walk some more, you can get to this church at the top of the hill.
The views are even better, and you can visit the church for free! (something unusual in Florence).

We even got the chance to hear some people singing inside
Written 7 August 2021
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McKenna N
Gainesville, FL119 contributions
Jul 2020
Make the trek up to San Miniato. We took the bus, which was a lovely ride, and walked the rest of the way from David's plaza. It's hike, but it's worth it. We were there at 5pm in July, and there were only a few other people. The view is stunning, and you get it all to yourself!

Check the church schedule and go to mass. When else will you get to watch monks sing in Gregorian chant in a basilica crypt? I know, it sounds dull, but it's actually really cool and a great way to spend a bit of time.

Don't leave without visiting the gift shop. Everything is made by the monks, from the gorgeous pottery, to the handmade soap, to the delicious gelato (the best I've ever had).

If you visit for the evening service, you can walk down the mountain and see the city in sunset. It's just lovely!
Written 17 February 2021
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Majda B
London, UK49 contributions
Sep 2020
A wonderful place to visit in Florence if you have enough time to do it. I recommend this place ....
Written 23 October 2020
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Sky
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Friends
Man at the door looked my friend up and down and decided she was “indecent” and wouldn’t let her into the church for wearing an off the shoulder dress (Men were allowed in in tank tops and shorts) misogynistic staff were rude and left her feeling incredibly uncomfortable and self conscious :(
Written 28 August 2020
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David
Oxford, UK1,165 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
I wasn't expecting to visit this place. I came to the Piazza di Michelangelo to look at the views of Florence. I reached the top of the hill and sat down for a break in front of what looked like a closed church, and shortly after that the Basilica happened to open and the gathered tourists began to head in. So I joined them!

If you are visiting the Piazza, it makes sense to head on a little further up the hill and visit the Basilica if it's open. Definirely worth a look around. Very peaceful, and architecturally interesting.
Written 21 August 2020
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rhobags
London, UK17 contributions
Aug 2020
I went the previous evening to look down on the city of Florence from high up - in Piazza dei Michelangelo but the next night I made it up to this stunning church - the approach up the steps is stunning - but make sure you get there in time to go inside as it's one of the wonders of Florence
Written 9 August 2020
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Stefan G
Washington DC, DC965 contributions
Jul 2020
Another beautiful basilica in Italy. If you come around 630 in the evening, you can sit and listen to Vespers. Staff may ask you to leave if you're just visiting, so say you're there for Vespers and enjoy the chanting and the inside of the basilica! If walking from the city, note the basilica is up on a hill and there are many steps to climb to get here.
Written 16 July 2020
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