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  • Address: Via delle Porte Sante, 34
  • Hours: Mon- Sun 8am - 1pm, 3:30pm - 7pm

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San Miniato al Monte

There are so many churches worth visiting right in the streets of central Florence that you might think it’s no big deal to skip San Miniato al Monte, sitting as it does high above the city in the hills. But couple the fact that it’s an incredibly beautiful church with the fact that you’re rewarded for your uphill efforts with some of the finest views of Florence and you’ll see why it’s such a highly recommended stop.

The church of San Miniato al Monte was started in the early 11th century on the site where Saint Miniato is said to have died. The interior of the church features beautiful multi-colored marble and a sparkling 13th century mosaic over the altar. The remains of Saint Miniato are said to be in the church’s crypt, but there is only one tomb in the church itself - that of Cardinal James of Lusitania, who was the Portuguese ambassador in Florence in the 15th century.

There is a monastery next to San Miniato al Monte, where the monks produce the sought-after honey and liqueurs available for purchase in the small shop nearby. Other sights around the church include a 15th century cloister and a cemetery where Carlo Collodi - the creator of Pinocchio - is buried.

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