San Miniato al Monte: handpicked hotels and insider tips
San Miniato al Monte: introduction
Built between the eleventh and thirteenth century, the Church of San Miniato al Monte represents one of the best examples of Tuscan Romanesque architecture. The façade is realised in green and white marble with a twelfth century mosaic which depicts Christ between the Madonna and St Miniato. Within the altar of the Church of San Miniato al Monte lie the bones of St Miniato.
The frescoes decorating the sacristy depict the sixteen stories of the legend of St Benedetto, and are the work of Spinello Aretino. The Chapel of the Crucifix was decorated by Luca della Robbia following the project of Michelozzo. The Chapel of San Giacomo is decorated with five tondi by Luca della Robbia.
To the right of the Church of San Miniato al Monte one finds the Palazzo del Vescovo, once summer residence of the bishops of Florence and then a Convent, Hospital and House of the Jesuits. Not to be missed: the splendid view over the city of Florence which can be enjoyed from the steps of the Palazzo del Vescovo.