San Miniato & Piazzale Michelangelo

View from above  at Grand Hotel Minerva
City view from above at Grand Hotel Minerva

40-min. walk from the hotel. Tours from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm

A lovely walk along Viale dei Colli winds 6 kilometers up Florence's southern hill, affording dazzling views. The walk culminates in its most beautiful point, Piazzale Michelangelo, from which you can admire all of Florence. Rising behind the square is the Church of San Miniato al Monte, whose evocative interior stupefy visitors with the sight of its grand mosaic. Once you have made it to the square, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views in the world, taking in a single glance the Duomo, the Uffizi, and Palazzo della Signoria, beyond which lie the northern hills with Fiesole and with its bell tower. Construction on the church began 1013. Originally a Benedictine monastery, since 1373 it has been the home of Olivetan monks who make honey, herbal tea, and liqueurs that you can buy in a shop adjacent to the church.

Piazzale Michelangelo 50125 Firenze Italy