Welcome to San Miniato


San Miniato town's ancient cobbled streets, burnt soft copper and ginger in the hot summer sun, are a delight to meander along. Savour a harmonious melody of magnificent palace facades, 14th- to 18th-century churches and an impressive Romanesque cathedral with 12th-century bell tower to scale, ending with the stiff hike up San Miniato's reconstructed medieval fortress tower, Torre di Frederico II, to enjoy a great panorama. Before setting off, buy a combined ticket to all the key sites (adult/reduced €5/4) at the tourist office.


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$107.12 Tours & Sightseeing

Florence and Tuscan Hills Vespa Tour

It’s not just a cliché; Vespas – the famed Italian scooter romanticized for decades through countless movies, ads and postcards – are truly everywhere in Florence. The city’s narrow streets hum with these shiny scooters, confirming that the best way to navigate them is on two wheels! Follow the lead of knowing locals by hopping on one yourself for a small-group tour. Meet your guide in the center of town, collect your helmet and get acquainted with your mode of transport -- an original Vintage PK Vespa (this classic model is no longer in production). After a safety briefing and a few practice sessions to get used to the scooter, you’ll be on your way. Following your attentive guide, take a leisurely drive through Florence’s backstreets before reaching the sweeping boulevards on the outskirts of town. Stop at the Church of San Miniato al Monte for breathtaking views over Florence and a quick look around inside with your guide. One of the city’s true gems, this beautiful Romanesque church contains a fascinating mish-mash of architecture and art from different eras. Your tour continues into the vineyard-studded hills of Tuscany, meandering through leafy villages and poppy-filled fields. If you’ve chosen to share your scooter with your traveling companion, there’ll be plenty of breaks to stop and switch drivers, or to simply stretch your legs while admiring the views. On your way back to town, stop at Piazzale Michelangelo, a popular vantage point for gazing over Florence.The one thing left to do is eat! Before returning your Vespa, sit down with your guide for a relaxing meal on a private terrace. Dishes vary, but will always be typically Tuscan. Expect artistically arranged antipasti like bruschetta with ripe tomatoes, creamy burrata cheese, panzanella salad and cold cuts of meat with fennel. It’s the perfect ending to a perfect day in Tuscany!

$107.12 Cultural & Theme Tours

Self-Drive Vintage Fiat 500 Tour from Florence: Tuscan Hills and Italian Cuisine

Fiat 500s sprung onto the Italian motoring scene in the late 1950s as a stylish yet affordable vehicle. Ever popular, modern Fiat 500s are frequent sights on Florence’s streets, but the vintage models are harder to find. Luckily for you, you'll drive one of these rare classics -- a lovingly restored 1960s model -- on your Fiat 500 tour of Tuscany!After meeting your guide, walk to the garage where you'll find your vintage car ready and waiting. Listen to a safety briefing before taking part in a practice session, aimed to get you familiar with the car’s manual gears.Following your attentive guide (who will be in constant radio contact throughout the tour), drive through Florence’s quieter streets and out into the Tuscan hills. First stop is the Church of San Miniato al Monte, perched on a hill overlooking the city. After enjoying the views, step inside the Romanesque structure, and see why many call it Italy’s most beautiful church.Driving further into Tuscany, pass through quaint villages, attracting smiles from passersby. Enjoy the attention from onlookers as you make several stops for photos, to chat with your guide or to switch drivers if you wish. Before returning, stop for a meal on a private terrace in the hills. Dishes vary, but will always be typically Tuscan. Expect antipasti, featuring delights such as crostini with tomatoes and locally cured salami. It’s a beautiful ending to your day in Tuscany!

$82.55 Walking & Biking Tours

Florence Electric Bike Tour with Farm and Wine Bar

Meet your host in central Florence, and hop aboard your electric bike – a regular two-wheeled bicycle with a handy electric motor that kicks in when pedaling! Riding your electric bike is simple, but your host will deliver a comprehensive safety briefing and practice session to put you at ease.Pedal behind your host and away from the busy city streets to the nearby hill town of Fiesole, an enchanting Etruscan town that enjoys incredible panoramas of the Tuscan countryside. Ride along the peaceful hill roads and stop at a working farm on the town’s outskirts.Take a break to soak up the views and browse the farm shop for snacks (own expense), and then start to work your way back down into Florence. Stop for photos at Piazzale Michelangelo, a popular Florence terrace stacked into the hillside, and then visit the Church of San Miniato al Monte – one of the city’s lesser-known gems – to see a medley of art and architecture from different eras.After cycling along the pretty Florentine streets near the River Arno, head inside a cozy enoteca (wine bar) to try some typical Chianti-region wine and food. Snack on tasty tidbits like fennel salami or bruschetta with red or white wine, and then hop back on your electric bike and pedal into Florence’s historical center.The downtown streets are scattered with monuments, so your host will stop frequently to share stories and trivia about all the sights. Pose for pictures in front of the Ponte Vecchio – Florence’s iconic bridge – and cycle around Florence Duomo to admire Brunelleschi’s Dome. Soak up the sights in Piazza della Signoria, the central square that’s always a hub of activity, and admire the ornate marble façade of the Church of Santa Croce.After your 4-hour electric bike tour, follow your host back to the start point where your tour finishes.

$146.05 Day Trips & Excursions

Independent Florence Day Trip from Venice by Train

Make your own way to Santa Lucia station in central Venice and catch your train and travel to Florence independently. Train journeys from Venice to Florence can last up to 2.5 hours, but your high-speed train shuttles you into the heart of Florence in just 2 hours. On arrival in the city, head out to explore! How you spend your time in beautiful Florence — Italy’s second city — is up to you. Entrance fees to attractions and any meals are at your own expense.Perhaps visit Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David sculpture, or head to Florence Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori) to climb up the iconic Brunelleschi’s Dome. Relax in the calm of Boboli Gardens, explore the bohemian Oltrarno neighborhood or walk up to the terrace at Piazzale Michelangelo to see the city’s most impressive panorama. Be sure to use your hop-on hop-off sightseeing ticket to travel around town and visit top Florence attractions at your own pace. Travel aboard an open-top, double-decker bus, hop on and off around the city at any of the 15 stops, or stay on for the full 1-hour loop duration. Highlights that are taken in on the route include the Ponte Vecchio — the impressive bridge that straddles the River Arno — as well as the Church of Santa Maria Novella, Uffizi Gallery and Church of San Miniato al Monte. At the time advised, make your own way to Florence Santa Maria Novella Station and travel by train back to Venice. Your independent day trip then finishes at Venice Santa Lucia Station.Please note: LINE C only operates between April and October 31. To see the route of the bus please see the maps under 'View Additional Information'.Please note: Starting from April 2018, a salami tasting will be included. The tasting will take place at Mercato Centrale, (drinks excluded), and a vegetarian option is available upon request.

$95.25 Tours & Sightseeing

Vespa Panoramic Tour of Florence

Your tour starts from My tour Office in central Florence. Hop on your Vespa and follow your guide through the bustling city streets to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can soak up panoramic views of Florence. Afterward, take a spin to San Miniato to see the convent, one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany, and its historic cemetery. Continue to the ancient Roman town of Fiesole, which holds an original Roman amphitheater. The small town overlooks Florence and the surrounding hills for scenic views and photo ops.After three hours of fresh air and sightseeing, your tour will conclude back at your original departure point.

$279.39 Walking & Biking Tours

Small-Group Truffle Hunting and Wine Experience from Florence with Lunch

Meet your driver-guide and the rest of your small group in central Florence. Then, relax in your air-conditioned minivan as you make the scenic journey west to San Miniato, an Arno Valley village in the heart of Tuscany.The forests around San Miniato are famous for white truffle, the most prized and aromatic of truffle varieties. So much so, that the town is said to supply nearly 80% of the world's sought-after gourmet products.After roughly an hour on the road, arrive in the woodland area and meet your truffle hunter for the tour. Get acquainted with his hunting dog, a canine with hunting instincts and a sense of smell sharpened to seek out truffle, and then follow the duo through the sun-dappled woods. The walk is suitable for all, although trekking shoes are advised for the experience.As you weave through the trees, watch as the dog sniffs around to find the treats hidden under the forest floor. Then, feel the thrill as the dog strikes gold and digs for the edible treasure, and your hunter recovers the precious truffle.When the hunt is over, meet back up with your driver-guide and travel to a local truffle shop for a light 2-course lunch. Savor a truffle-based appetizer, followed by a dish of tagliolini al tartufo complemented by Italian wine. Afterward, continue to a local winery in the esteemed Chianti wine region. Meet the winemaker host and sample some of the estate’s Chianti DOCG and Super Tuscan IGT varietals as you learn how recent innovation and winemaking traditions have combined to make such beautiful wine.Finally, relax on the ride back to the start point in Florence where your tour ends.