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The Left Bank: Porto San Giorgio to the San Miniato al Monte

A picturesque walk through the "left bank" gardens and streets to the city's last monastery.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.3 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  This walking itinerary will take you through one of Florence's most beautiful gardens, the newly renovated Renaissance Bardini gardens... more »

Tips:  Consider the weather and time of year with this walk. In the summer, this is a great walk to do first thing in the morning, perhaps... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Bardini Gardens

These restored gardens boast possibly the best position in Florence, with stunning views over the city.

They have been in the hands of private families that can be traced back to the Middle Ages, but were bought by the antiquarian, Stefano Bardini (whose villa and museum are adjacent), in 1913. He lovingly repaired and added to the gardens, but ... More

2. Porta San Giorgio

After exiting the Bardini Gardens at Costa San Giorgio No.2, head towards the Porta San Giorgio, the "St. George Gateway," which was once part of the city's ancient walls.

Built back in 1324 and attributed to Andrea Orcagna, you'll notice the inside is decorated with a medieval fresco of the Madonna and child (by Bicci di Lorenzo).

On one side... More

3. Via di San Leonardo

With the Porta San Giorgio to your back, head straight on, for a beautiful walk through the cobblestoned Via San Leonardo. The street meanders through the olive grove-tinged hills and villas of Florence, offering glimpses to the nearby countryside.

You'll pass by the quaint little church of San Leonardo in Arcetri, which dates back to the year... More

4. Monastery of San Miniato al Monte

The 11th century church of San Miniato al Monte is one of the oldest churches in Florence, it is the only functioning monastery that remains in the city and it is one of the finest Romanesque churches in Tuscany. What more reason do you need to visit? Oh, the views! It also has some of the most spectacular panoramic views over Florence.

The walk ... More

5. Porta San Miniato

After leaving the church, continue along Viale Galielo towards Piazzale Michelangelo and take the long staircase that is Via di San Salvatore al Monte. The tree-lined stairs take you down to the Porta San Miniato, which is the gateway that connect the 16th century city walls to Porta San Giorgio.

Porta San Miniato - in other words, the "gateway... More

On the corner of Via San Niccolò you'll find the bar/cafe of Rifrullo. In the summer, sit outside on the street or on one of the tables that opens onto the street. There's even a garden out the back, open for an aperitivo in the evening. In the winter, head inside to warm up around the fireplace.

This corner of San Niccolò is a great spot for bar... More