Basilica di San Miniato al Monte

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Florence , Italy
Via Monte alle Croci
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8am-7pm summer, 8am-noon & 3-6pm winter
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Five minutes uphill from Piazzale Michelangelo is this wonderful Romanesque church, dedicated to St Minius, an early-Christian martyr in Florence said to have flown to this spot after his death down in the town (or, if you want to believe an alternative version, walked up the hill with head tucked underneath his arm). The church dates to the early 11th century, although its typical Tuscan multicoloured marble facade was tacked on a couple of centuries later.

Inside its unlit interior, 13th- to 15th-century frescoes adorn the south wall and intricate inlaid marble designs line the nave, leading to a fine Romanesque crypt. The sacristy in the southeast corner features frescoes by Spinello Arentino depicting the life of St Benedict. Slap-bang in the middle of the nave is the bijou Capella del Crocefisso , to which Michelozzo, Agnolo Gaddi and Luca della Robbia all contributed.