What to see in Florence, San Miniato al Monte
Away from the city center where tourists are accustomed to running around on foot, you encounter many others en route to hotels, or exiting the train station of Santa Maria Novella. It is now easily accessible thanks to the 12 dell’ATAF, buses of the town Florence, which connect the station of Piazzale Michelangelo. Do yourself a favor and wear comfortable walking shoes during your exploration of the city. Your feet will thank you for it. Nike and Adidas make excellent walking shoes. I stumbled across those trainers as I planned my trip to Florence
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I got off the train, we bought tickets (1.20 €, or 2 euro if you buy them on the bus), and we headed to the last stop, just outside the station. On Saturday (May the 12th) it took me about half an hour, to disentangle the unique ways of the center and climb the hill overlooking the city; descent announced, the previous one to the terminal in Piazzale Michelangelo
Off the bus, the road can be seen through the trees of Brunelleschi’s dome as well as the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio, but the best view you will enjoy from the terrace where the church stands. All Florence opens the eyes of the visitor, opening the heart to a sigh of beauty. Here, a good camera and a good photographer, makes the difference.
Going into the first impression, this is of a normal church that can only be demonstrated by that of Santa Maria del Fiore. But you get used to the gloom which can also be found San Miniato inside location because it has its own beauty.
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The final raised part (the presbytery and the choir) cannot just be compared the entrance floor, and below that there is the beautiful crypt, and then again the abisde and the sacristy; the only part of the church for which they ask even insistently for a small donation to enter (1 euro). But we had the real stroke of luck … close to the majestic organ, next to the choir.
It was a little past 12 (Saturday), when the organs began to play, creating an atmosphere that has pasted all those that were presented to the pews of the church. Even a “not understanding” of sacred music like me, was able to enjoy this unexpected and engaging concert.
Next to the Basilica then is the small pharmacy of the Benedictines, all around the cemetery, where among others Spadolini rests next to Cecchi Gori’s father and before the splendor of Florence, which lends itself gracefully to frame the most beautiful day of many brides and grooms who come all this way to capture their special day.
From here, walk to Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can quench your thirst with a refreshing drink or sit down in one of his several local and elegant places for a small meal. I will go on the safe side by telling you that San Miniato al Monte is not to be missed when visiting Florence.