My favourite place in Florence is the basilica of San Miniato al Monte.

It is the oldest church in the city, dating from the 11th century. In Romanesque style, the façade, decorated in white and green marble, typical of Tuscany, is divided into three sections. The interior, with three naves, has columns with classical and Byzantine capitals.

It is located in one of the highest places in the city. It seems to transport you back to the Middle Ages. It is very close to Piazzale Michelangelo and has magnificent panoramic views.

The Benedictine monks sing Gregorian chants in the liturgy and have a monastic pharmacy where, in addition to medicinal herbs, they sell beeswax candles, biscuits, jams and cakes. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Address Via delle Porte Sante, 34

How to get there

  • Bus: At Santa Maria Novella station, take bus 12 or 13 to Piazzale Michelangelo

Visiting hours

  • In summer, Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Sundays from 8.15 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • In winter, Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays from 8.15 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Do you know you can participate in the singing, Monday to Saturday at 7 a.m. and on Sundays at 8.15 a.m.?

Schedule of Eucharistic celebrations

  • Weekdays: 7.15 a.m. and 5.45 p.m., in Latin and Gregorian chant
  • Sundays and holidays: 8.30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. The latter in Latin and Gregorian chant

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