Basilica San Miniato al Monte

Basilica San Miniato al Monte

Basilica San Miniato al Monte
4.5
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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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  • ksarman
    Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar8,636 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best spot best city view
    There is a nice walk to do in order to reach this place via the Saint leornado street You ll feel like in village , really pleasant and beautiful Then you ll follow the road and when you see to have a panoramic city view on your left and you discover the church stairs on your right The Belvedere offers nice perspective ! The church is speacial , it pavement are just tombs ! Nice architecture !
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 June 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,465 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our favorite city views and beautiful inside
    Our favorite elevated views of the city were from the steps here.  Unfortunately, we were here on a Sunday while mass was going on so we did not get a chance to see the inside other than a very quick glimpse.  Inside?   Possibly my favorite of the churches in town.  Outside?  A Similar façade to what you will see in town but also this has wonderful views.  If you’re coming up to Piazzale Michelangelo, then definitely do not miss the opportunity to come by here as well.  It won’t take long and you will be pleasantly surprised. 
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • pickering5
    Pickering, Canada202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking view
    We visited this wonderful spot as part of a private walking tour of Florence. It's situated higher up than Piazzale Michelangelo and offers a breathtaking view of Florence! The Basilica itself is stunning! There were a few people, but not many at all, so it felt very calm & peaceful viewing this gorgeous structure. When we were finished we walked the winding paths down to Piazzale Michelangelo. Well worth the visit for the outstanding view!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • John doe
    Glasgow, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice!
    Great views. Beautiful Romanesque basilica with beautiful chapel to rear. Gregorian chants 6:30pm days for half an hours chill time away from the tourist trail chain gang
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Oana F
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible view of Florence
    It’s totally worth going up the hill across the Arno river for the view. You get the postcard perfect panorama of Florence. The church itself is also gorgeous, Romanic from the start of the 11th century, with some of the original frescos still intact.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • mashie44
    Belgium149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chanting is at 6.30, ignore the guides that say 4.30. Worth it! And great views.
    The widely-published info on hours of monks charting is incorrect. They chant at 6.30 each day. We arrived at 4.30 (as all online guides we found said this was the time for chanting in winter). At 4.45 asked the man at the door who said it is always 6.30. So we came back a couple of days later and did enjoy it. The church is cold if you sit for long. The floor is lovely (zodiac mosaic). Interesting restoration work currently going on. Well worth the short walk up from Piazzale Michelangelo, and has even better views of the city
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2024
  • Elizabeth C
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views, 1000 year old church
    Perched on the highest point above Florence, the views were terrific. It is a climb, so wear comfortable shoes. We hoped to hear the chants at 6, but there were no chants that day. Church was built in 11th century and it’s really something to think it’s been in service for nearly 1000 yrs. Went here first, then went back down via Piazza Michaelangelo.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 May 2024
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Jolie J
Gatineau, Canada327 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Beautiful views from outside the church and inside is pretty as well. I was lucky that at the time I stumbled inside the church, there was a kid orchestra going on, which meant that the church was full with family, but it made for a nice show.
Written 14 May 2024
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Elizabeth C
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Perched on the highest point above Florence, the views were terrific. It is a climb, so wear comfortable shoes. We hoped to hear the chants at 6, but there were no chants that day. Church was built in 11th century and it’s really something to think it’s been in service for nearly 1000 yrs. Went here first, then went back down via Piazza Michaelangelo.
Written 2 May 2024
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1,775 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's a beautiful old church. It is situated on the highest top of florence where the view is stunning. It is worth visiting, especially if you are planning to visit Michelangelo piazzale. It is 5 minutes walking from the piazzale.
Written 24 March 2024
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Antonio Q
Cluj-Napoca, Romania208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Worth a visit if you plan to go up to Piazzale Michelangelo as it is just 5 minutes away. The entrance to the church is free.
Written 23 March 2024
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mashie44
Belgium149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The widely-published info on hours of monks charting is incorrect. They chant at 6.30 each day. We arrived at 4.30 (as all online guides we found said this was the time for chanting in winter). At 4.45 asked the man at the door who said it is always 6.30. So we came back a couple of days later and did enjoy it. The church is cold if you sit for long. The floor is lovely (zodiac mosaic). Interesting restoration work currently going on. Well worth the short walk up from Piazzale Michelangelo, and has even better views of the city
Written 22 February 2024
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
If you are going up the Pizzale Michelangelo then this church is worth a walk slightly further up. Less people allows for a more mellow time inside and outside the church.
Written 26 October 2023
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Oana F
Cluj-Napoca, Romania76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It’s totally worth going up the hill across the Arno river for the view. You get the postcard perfect panorama of Florence. The church itself is also gorgeous, Romanic from the start of the 11th century, with some of the original frescos still intact.
Written 28 September 2023
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John doe
Glasgow, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Great views. Beautiful Romanesque basilica with beautiful chapel to rear. Gregorian chants 6:30pm days for half an hours chill time away from the tourist trail chain gang
Written 22 September 2023
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Melanie M
114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Spectacular!! Absolutely breathtaking views of the whole of Florence. Cute little “Pharmacy” which sold natural remedies and the best gelato I’ve ever had (I’ve eaten a lot - made by the monks on-site), a cute little store for trinkets, cemetery where the writer of Pinocchio and director of Romeo & Juliet are buried and of course the 1000 year old church which happened to be in service while we were there.
Written 20 August 2023
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pickering5
Pickering, Canada202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We visited this wonderful spot as part of a private walking tour of Florence. It's situated higher up than Piazzale Michelangelo and offers a breathtaking view of Florence!

The Basilica itself is stunning! There were a few people, but not many at all, so it felt very calm & peaceful viewing this gorgeous structure.

When we were finished we walked the winding paths down to Piazzale Michelangelo.

Well worth the visit for the outstanding view!
Written 1 August 2023
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