Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte, Florence

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Discover one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture at Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte. Often called as one of the most beautiful churches in Italy, the 12th-century basilica overlooks the city of Florence. Walk through the high-ceilinged halls to admire the intricate mosaics and historic sculptures. Visit the main altar to see the shrine and remains of St. Miniato. In the evenings, you can stay to witness the monks performing their evening worship and chants. Walk up from the city center to reach the basilica, one of the highest points in Florence. To visit Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte on your holiday in Florence, and find out what else Florence has to offer, use our Florence vacation planner.
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  • There are two great things about the church--(1) the church itself and (2) the fantastic view of Florence from outside. Both the exterior and interior of the church are stunning. It is a romanesque ch...  more »
  • One of the beautiful Basilica of Firenze. With a cemetery as beautiful as the rest and an amazing view of Firenze.
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  • Parking in front of the door, old Romanesque church, a lot of history everywhere you look, or State. Vdn grave floors marble, walls with paintings and sculptures, ceilings of timber structures and mosaics. Old masters of all art movements together.
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  • A quick jaunt from Piazzale Michelangelo; the Abbazia is very gorgeous in the light of the sunset. I was able to make it in time for the 1730 service as I have never witnessed one before. It was very tranquil to watch. I do recommend you dress accordingly and do not leave the crypt once the service has started. If you do not have the time, then just stay in the basilica, you will be able to hear it there. The little shop right outside the doors is filled with all of the products the monks have made. The monks make famous liqueurs, honey, candles, and herbal teas - and I think I've bought at least one of each. They accept credit cards.
  • If you're going to Piazzale Michelangelo don't leave without going by here. The Basilica and ground are very nice. There is a service around 5:30 pm in the Crypt in Italian and Gregorian Chant. I am fairly sure that one of the Monks comes out before it starts and basically says (in Italian) "We are about to start Vespers. If you don't want to stay for an entire service, go up to the Basilica and listen." After which that start. If you do not want to stay for the entire service, you really can hear everything from the main Basilica floor.
  • The view and beautiful architecture! Slightly steep walk up but not too much work. Nice spots for laying on the grass, sitting or picnicking along the way.
  • Beautiful and one of the good samples of Romanesque architecture. The Abbazia San Miniatures located on top of a high hill south of the Florence and it gives you a fantastic view of the city, even better than Piazza Michealangelo. The stone flooring with beautiful patterns made by black and white marble on the main corridor of the building is like a carpet with beautiful details with a lot of story! Do not miss the amazing cemetery at the back of the building. It's more look like a museum of sculptures. Also there is a little Farmacia (drugstore) and souvenir shop at the corner but it's different from the other shops normally you see next to the historic building. They are selling some traditional herbal cream for skin. My favourite is the bee poison cream to reducing the muscle pain.
  • Best view of Firenze at Sunset. We didn't go in the church, but the grounds are beautiful and the view of the city is incredible!

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