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San Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte, Florence. Photo by Vito Arcomano, ũ Fototeca ENIT

Hours: Daily approx 8am-7.30pm (closed 12pm-3pm in winter)
Cost: Free
Perched on a hill in the Oltrarno district, south of the Arno, the church of San Miniato al Monte dates back to the 13th century. It's a steep climb, but worth it for the colourful marble facade and fine frescoes.
The marble intarsias represent the signs of the zodiac and the frescoes date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. The magnificent raised presbytery contains a Romanesque pulpit and screen.

The church takes its name from St Minias (Miniato), an Armenian prince who became Florence's first martyr when, after being decapitated, he picked up his head and crossed the River Arno.

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