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Church of San Miniato

“…As on the right hand, to ascend the mount
 Where seated is the church that lordeth it (the city of Florence)
 O’er the well-guided, above Rubaconte…” -  Dante


San Miniato stands on a hill looking over Florence. This is a reason enough to visit the church, but the history of the Romanesque basilica is just breathtaking as the view. The tour narrates the legend of St. Minias, Charlemagne and the Florentine Saint Giovanni Gualberto. The importance of the church does not lie only on the mystic atmosphere of the place, but also on its artistic attractions. The mosaics glow in the dim light and monstruos petrified creature look down on the visitors. An equipe of Renaissance masters such as the Pollaiolo brothers, the Rosselino brothers, Alessio Baldovinetti and Luca della Robbia worked in the Chapel of the Chapel of the Cardinal of Portugal. This is why the chapel is one the finest example of the Renaissance art, incredibly preserved up to the present.
Guided tour: 1h