San Miniato al Monte, my private tour
A journey into pure Romanesque style passing from the sublime art to the deep and intimate spirituality. A chest that protects unexpected treasures and offers a wonderful view of Florence from above. Here, more than anywhere else, you will feel that a church is a place for the soul.
An old lady
If you didn't expect to visit in Florence a church of nearly 1000 years (998 years), well ...the church of San Miniato al Monte is that church ! The first stone was laid on April 27th 1018.
The church of San Miniato al Monte is the only church in Florence with the typical elements of the Romanesque architecture : a crypt below and an upper presbytery.
Even before the interior of the church, what will leave you breathless is the church's position, on a hill overlooking Florence, even a little higher than Piazzale Michelangelo.
How long can we stay to enjoy the view of Florence from above ? Until the goose bumps out of our arms disappears !
The facade of the church welcomes us with the same geometric forms of its marbles that you noticed also on the 8 sides of the Baptistery (Romanesque style).
The entire interior of the church is pampered by a soft light and respectful of the interior space of the church.
Fortunately tthe internal architecture of the church wasn't changed after the Council of Trento (1545-1563). We can still admire its original beauty !
An amazing part of this beauty is the floor decoration, which divides into two parts the central navy, with geometric and figurative designs (zodiac signs) literally carved in marble.
Of course in the Medieval and Renaissance Florence both the religious and the merchant meaning had to be visible. It had to be clear to anyone who had paid and in our case the guild of the cloth merchants whose symbol, the eagle holding clothes with its paws, it is always evident inside and outside the church. Marketing was already practiced in Florence centuries ago :)
The length for this private tour of the San Miniato church is 1,5 hour.
Tour rates in euro, per group:
1 person=60,00 ; 2 people=78,00 ; 3 people=93,00 ; 4 people=108,00 ; 5 people=123,00 ; 6 people=138,00 ; 7 people=153,00
(admission fees not included)
Do we need to buy a ticket to enter the church of San Miniato al Monte?
No, you don't, the entrance is free.
Can we arrange this tour shorter than 1,5 hours?
Of course you can and the rate will be recalculated. All my tours are tailor made.
Can we mix this tour with other tours?
Yes you can.
Can we book only this 1,5 hour tour with you?
Yes, but it would be great if you book it together with another tour. Maybe with the Walking Tour? :)
Do we need to dress appropriately for a church?
Yes you do, legs up to the knee and shoulders must be covered.