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San Miniato Church
San Miniato Church is decorated with green and white marble in geometric patterns similar to the facades of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce. A 12th-century mosaic decorates the facade over a central window.
The full name, San Miniato al Monte, stands atop one of the highest points in the city. It is described as one of the most scenic churches in Italy and one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany.
The Fresco Walls
Most noteworthy, in addition to the beautiful church itself, the walls are covered with beautiful and colorful frescoes that are very well preserved. They are one of the true treasures of this church.
Looking at the Back
The bell tower collapsed in 1499 and was replaced in 1523, although it was never finished. During the siege of Florence in 1530 it was used as an artillery post by the defenders and Michelangelo wrapped it in mattresses to protect it from enemy fire.
When you finally reach the church (it’s quite a hike up or you can take the bus) you will enjoy an impressive view of Florence even higher up than the beautiful Piazza Michelangelo. You can even see the last standing parts of the medieval walls that once surrounded Florence. Here is a view when you are leaving the church.
The entire complex is surrounded by defensive walls which now enclose a cemetery from 1854. The creator of Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi, is one of many buried in this cemetery.
In conclusion, it’s a bit funny because I say to myself, “Don’t do another post regarding a church”. Then we come across another church. This new find has amazing paintings, frescoes, and marblework.
TheRoyalTourBlogSeptember 15, 2017 at 11:08 am
I’ve never been to Florence, but when I do, I won’t miss this!!
imodicaSeptember 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm
Ahhhh, Florence is my favorite place in Italy. As of today, anyway. When you are ready to go – we have lots of suggestions of places you shouldn’t miss!! Let us know!
Valerie HansenSeptember 15, 2017 at 12:34 pm
What a beautiful building…and absolutely stunning photos…thanks for sharing!1
Promise Chika MaxwellSeptember 15, 2017 at 1:03 pm
Beautiful photos and great post to read. Who doesn’t love Pinocchio growing up! Now I know where to go pay my respect to him anytime in Florence. San Miniato Church, indeed very high!
Denay DeGuzmanSeptember 15, 2017 at 9:03 pm
Ahhh…I love visiting historic churches when I travel. This church in Florence looks so stunning. Thank you for sharing your beautiful images. I enjoyed gazing on them and wishing I was in Italy too.
imodicaSeptember 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm
Thank you Denay for your comment. It’s funny because originally I never wanted to go into every church but… that is where the art is in it’s true surroundings! We now never miss a chance to enter one!
MedhaSeptember 16, 2017 at 7:37 am
I’ve been to Florence but surprisingly not to San Miniato church. The pictures are amazing, especially the interiors. Wish I’d known about it before travelling..
imodicaSeptember 16, 2017 at 3:39 pm
Thank you Medha for your comment. I am hoping that this blog will be a resource for travelers. This way they can check out our suggestions for places to visit before they travel. Thanks!!
Rosalyn O.September 18, 2017 at 6:39 am
Beautiful place, and nice photos! I can’t wait to visit there one day, thanks for sharing :))
RonJuly 17, 2018 at 7:27 am
Thank you ! A wonderful place !
“SEE, I have climbed the mountain side
Up to this holy house of God,
Where once that Angel-Painter trod
Who saw the heavens opened wide…”
imodicaJuly 18, 2018 at 9:44 am
Thanks for taking a peek!