San Miniato al Monte Tours

1,022 reviews
With so many unforgettable sights in Florence, it’s tempting to skip San Miniato al Monte, perched high up on a hilltop in the outskirts of the city. However, the church’s stunning 13th-century mosaic and sweeping views over Florence make the effort well worth your while.

The Basics
Work on the church of San Miniato al Monte, considered among the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany, began in the 11th century where St. Minias is said to have died. Both the facade and the interior are decorated with intricate geometric patterns of green and white marble, and the apse is covered by an opulent 1297 mosaic. (The facade’s marble patterns are very similar to those of the churches of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella in the city’s historic center.) The church’s crypt almost certainly does not contain the bones of San Miniato, as many claim, but it is decorated with frescoes by Taddeo Gaddi.

Since San Miniato al Monte is slightly outside the center of Florence, it’s the perfect destination for a sightseeing tour on wheels, be it by Vespa, electric bike, or vintage Fiat 500. It’s also a pleasant uphill walk from the historic center, so consider joining a walking tour that takes you across the Arno and up to the church.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If you are walking up to San Miniato, wear comfortable shoes, and bring a hat and sunscreen in the summer.
  • The ground floor of the church is accessible to wheelchair users; there is no ramp down to the crypt or up to the presbytery.
  • There are a number of restaurants and cafés lining Piazzale Michelangelo, perfect for a repast before or after touring the church.

How to Get There
San Miniato al Monte sits along Via delle Porte Sante and above Piazzale Michelangelo, a popular scenic overlook with views of Florence stretching from the Rose Garden over Ponte Vecchio to the historic center. You can reach the church by bus, car, bike, or on foot. Adjacent to the church is a monastery where monks produce artisan honey and liqueurs, which are available for purchase in the shop nearby, and the 15th-century cloister and cemetery where Carlo Collodi—the creator of Pinocchio—is buried.

When to Get There
By far the best time to visit the church is late afternoon, so you can watch the breathtaking sunset over Florence from the square below after your tour.

The Chapel of the Crucifix
Inside San Miniato al Monte, the freestanding Chapel of the Crucifix (Cappella del Crocifisso), designed by Michelozzo in 1448, originally housed the crucifix now in the Church of the Santa Trìnità. The miraculous crucifix is decorated with works by Agnolo Gaddi and Luca della Robbia.
Location
Address: Via delle Porte Sante, 34, Florence, Tuscany 50125, Italy
Read More

9 Tours & Activities to Experience

times
icon-filterFilter
Clear all
Select Dates
Sort by:Default

Vespa Panoramic Tour of Florence

Zip through Florence in true Italian fashion on a 3-hour Vespa tour. Ride on your own scooter while a guide leads you to some of the best panoramic views in and around the city, including Piazzale Michelangelo, the convent of San Miniato, and the ancient Roman hill town of Fiesole. Stop often to take photos and enjoy the thrill of riding through the city streets.
  • Duration: 3 hours
From
US$86.64
See Details
  • Duration: 3 hours
From
US$86.64

Florence Independent Tour with Audiopen and Optional Lunch

Use a handheld audio guide to explore Florence, and make your way around a preset route, put together by a local expert guide. The innovative ‘audiopen’ includes a touch-screen map, which allows you to wander the city streets and learn about its sights as you go. Check out Palazzo Pitti, Florence Duomo, the Church of San Lorenze and Brunelleschi’s Dome among other landmarks on your route. Want to enhance the experience? Add a meal when you book and enjoy three courses of food in Florence’s historical center.
  • Duration: 5 hours
From
US$17.33
See Details
  • Duration: 5 hours
From
US$17.33

Private Electric Bike Tour of Florence

Explore the Renaissance capital of Florence in a fun way without getting worn out with this private 3-hour electric bike tour. Ride through the historic center and some of the surrounding hills.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
From
US$69.31
See Details
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
From
US$69.31

Piazzale Michelangelo Panoramic Private Walking Tour

Take a guided stroll to Florence’s most romantic spot on a private walking tour to Piazzale Michelangelo. Beginning from the illustrious jewelers’ shops on the Ponte Vecchio, wind through the city and up into the surrounding hills for panoramic views over red rooftops, Renaissance architecture, and the curves of the River Arno. Hear tales from Florence’s history during the medium difficulty walk, and visit the Romanesque San Miniato al Monte church—one of the jewels of the Florentine hills.
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$40.43
See Details
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$40.43

3-Day Italy Trip: Florence and Pisa

Visit two of Italy’s top destinations on this 3-day Rome to Pisa and Florence tour. You’ll head north of Rome by train into the region of Tuscany, a cultural hotspot known for its hills, art, history and food. Enjoy Florence’s wealth of paintings, sculptures, architecture and plazas, and admire Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower. Two nights of accommodation in Florence and round-trip train travel are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
From
US$408.93
See Details
  • Duration: 3 days
From
US$408.93

Self-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Florence: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine

See Italy from behind the wheel of a retro Fiat 500 on this 4-hour tour through Tuscany. Take a spin around the countryside, enjoying panoramic views of Florence and a stop at the Church of San Miniato al Monte. Your guide will lead the way to a private terrace, where you’ll enjoy a delicious Tuscan lunch before cruising back to your original departure point in Florence.
  • Duration: 4 hours
From
US$98.19
See Details
  • Duration: 4 hours
From
US$98.19

Florence Vespa Tour: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine

Take a spin through Tuscany on a vintage Vespa with this 4-hour tour from Florence. A local guide will lead the way up through the scenic hills, where you’ll pass the famous Piazzale Michelangelo and the Church of San Miniato al Monte. Afterward, head back to Florence for a traditional Italian meal to top off your journey. To ensure an intimate experience, this tour is limited to 10 travelers.
  • Duration: 4 hours
From
US$98.19
See Details
  • Duration: 4 hours
From
US$98.19

Private Tour: Electric Bike Experience of Florence

Explore the Renaissance charm of Florence the easy and eco-friendly way on a private, 2-hour electric bike tour. Cruise through winding medieval streets and squares on a battery-boosted e-bike, passing by highlights like the Santa Croce Church, Piazza Duomo, the San Lorenzo Market and the banks of the River Arno. Effortlessly scale the hills around the city to take in spectacular panoramic views from romantic Piazzale Michelangelo, and enjoy the flexibility to stop often for photos.
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$61.06
See Details
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$61.06

San Miniato al Monte and Orsanmichele Art Tour

Explore some of the highlights of Florence's historic center with this 3-hour tour from the Baptistery to San Miniato al Monte. See the Baptistery's bronze doors, the Orsanmichele church and the 'Gate of Heaven' at the church of San Miniato al Monte.
  • Duration: 3 hours
From
US$65.84
See Details
  • Duration: 3 hours
From
US$65.84


mobile_o
Having trouble booking online?
(888) 651-9785
Call (888) 651-9785