"Visit S. Miniato around 17.30..........." Florence Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics
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.................and you may, as I did, hear the Olivetan monks' plainsong. As I sat on the steps of the crypt (which hold the remains of S. Miniatus, martyred around 250 CE) listening to them I realised that people had probably heard much the same thing on the same spot for over 1000 years. That's pretty special.
A shrine was here in the 8th century (700s). The present building was started in 1013 and is the second oldest church in Florence.
It's a bit of a trek to get to S. Miniato, up the hill to the south of Florence's historical centre to Piazza Michaelangelo and then up another, much smaller hill opposite. But buses 12 and 13 pass nearby (get off at Piazza Michelangelo) and they are frequent and easy to use.
The Florence bus website has routes, route info, route maps and timetables in English: www.ataf.net
The church, the views and the monks' plainsong are all well worth the effort of visiting.
The church is open from 0700 and closed mid-afternoon from 1300-1530. It closes in the winter months around 1900, but in summer closes around sunset.
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