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Basilica di San Miniato al Monte: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: City Tour with Climb to Piazzale Michelangelo

1. Florence: City Tour with Climb to Piazzale Michelangelo

Enjoy a walking tour which starts from the Ponte Vecchio and goes high above the city to the Piazzale Michelangelo. Take an active stroll through the city as you meet your professional guide and get ready to climb the hill. Head for the Piazzale Michelangelo, built in the nineteenth century as a tribute to the sculptor. The square features reproductions of his most important works, including the famous David. Take a look up close at the replica, without the stress or crowds of seeing the original. Continue your tour with a visit to the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, and a stunning rooftop view of Florence. You'll also visit the Cemetery of the Holy Doors, a monumental graveyard.

Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

2. Florence & Pisa Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Port

Enjoy a full-day private shore excursion of Pisa and Florence from Livorno Port and discover the cradle of the Renaissance, one of the most important periods for art and architecture in history. Sit back and relax as you drive through the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. As you approach Florence, drive up the Viale dei Colli to Piazzale Michelangelo for the most impressive views of the city. Follow an uphill road, bordered by ancient walls, to Forte Belvedere, built by the Grand-Duke Ferdinand to protect his Medici villas. Enter the city via the Porta Romana to Pitti Palace, home to the Gallery of Modern Art, Costume Gallery, Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, Coach Museum, and Silver and Porcelain Museums, as well as the magnificent Boboli Gardens. The next stop is the Piazza della Repubblica, surrounded by historical literary cafés. Following the Via De'Calzaiuoli, admire masterpieces of Renaissance architecture around the Duomo. Your driver is completely at your disposal and will be happy to take you to Piazza Santa Croce to visit the Santa Croce Church to see where many famous Italians are buried. Cross the elegant Ponte Vecchio, still home to gold and jewelry vendors. For shopping hounds and hungry souls, explore the stores and trattorias of the city center, and sample a scrumptious plate of pasta or grab a smart new leather jacket. The most important street for shopping is Via De' Tornabuoni, with designer boutiques like Prada, Gucci, Armani, Cartier, and much more. You can also discover local crafts in small workshops in the Santa Croce or Santo Spirito neighborhoods. Or practice your bargaining skills at the San Lorenzo outdoor market. In the afternoon, you will drive to Pisa and explore the gentle town as it recalls the days of the Pisan Republic. See the astonishing Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), home to the medieval Duomo, Baptistery, and legendary Leaning Tower.

Florence: Private Electric Bike 2-Hour Tour of the Hills

3. Florence: Private Electric Bike 2-Hour Tour of the Hills

Meet your local guide and start the experience aboard your electric bike. Admire the Tuscan hills through typical country roads in an eco-friendly way. As you ride, enjoy an amazing view of Florence and the surrounding countryside with its olive trees, cypresses, and Renaissance Villas. Make a stop at the famous terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo. The view captures the heart of Florence from Forte Belvedere to Santa Croce. Spot the bridges crossing the Arno, including the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the Bargello and the octagonal bell tower of the Badia Fiorentina. Continue your adventure towards the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte. Once there, enjoy an impressive view of Florence even higher up than the beautiful Piazzale Michelangelo. Take in panoramic views of the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio and overview the last standing parts of the medieval walls that once surrounded Florence. Finally, taste a delicious homemade gelato at the historic center.

From Florence: Private Pinocchio History Tour

4. From Florence: Private Pinocchio History Tour

The Cat and the Fox, the adorable Blue Fairy, the terrible Fish-dog, the thoughtful Geppetto, not to mention the Talking Cricket; meet all these characters on a journey that will make both the young and old dream. Live Pinocchio's adventure with the help of a multi-lingual tour guide who will take you to key places in Florence and Tuscany. The morning will be dedicated to the rediscovery of some corners of Florence that have marked important moments in the life of Carlo Lorenzini, known to most by the pseudonym of Collodi. Visit the plaque marking his birthplace on via Taddea and the bronze statue representing the famous puppet before finally reaching the family chapel in the monumental cemetery of Porte Sante, where Lorenzini rests. Then, traveling in a comfortable minivan, head to the Tuscan hills where you will reach the village of Collodi. Be amazed by the beautiful garden of Villa Garzoni, a garden that Carlo himself helped to take care of and make prosper. After a stop for lunch, the guide will accompany you in your exploration of the Pinocchio Park. Hear some passages from the novel while walking the paths from which all the characters of the story emerge.

Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo & Florence Hills Hiking Tour

5. Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo & Florence Hills Hiking Tour

Enjoy an outdoor experience combining history, art, landscapes, and nature on this hiking tour of Piazzale Michelangelo and the Florence hills. Admire scenic views, discover ancient towers, villas, and country churches, walk along picturesque streets, and more. Start from the city center, where your licensed hiking guide will take you on a hike on the panoramic hills of Florence. Head towards the Rose Garden, a green terrace overlooking the historic center, to continue until Piazzale Michelangelo, known all over the world for its breathtaking view over Florence roofs and monuments. Just a few steps away, visit the monastic complex of San Miniato al Monte, a masterpiece of Florentine Romanesque architecture, over a thousand years old and one of the highest points of the city. Enjoy other panoramic spots: walk between countryside roads and olive trees, surrounded by nature and astonishing landscapes, and pass close to medieval towers and Renaissance villas, like Il Gioiello, where Galileo lived the last years of his life. Along the way, discover historical residences where famous artists, including the musician Tchaikovsky, used to live, and a centuries-old, world-famous astrophysics observatory. Finally, descend to the historic city center, passing by an ancient hilly road with unique charm, until you reach the iconic and picturesque Ponte Vecchio, where your unforgettable hike will end.

Florence: Urban Trekking in Bellosguardo Hills

6. Florence: Urban Trekking in Bellosguardo Hills

Start a leisury stroll from Piazza di Santa Maria Sopr'Arno then through a gentle uphill until Bellosguardo area admiring historical residences surrounded by beautiful mediterranean gardens. Urban trekking at sunset where history meets nature, magical places that will give us magnificent views of a Florence illuminated by the evening lights. With a scenic route through the hills of Oltrarno, we will be able to admire the Renaissance monuments from a different perspective with beautiful views of the center, Brunelleschi's Duomo, Giotto's Tower, Civic Tower, Arno River and Ponte Vecchio. We will walk through ancient streets discovering hidden corners that narrate the story of Florence and those who lived it, such as the Medici and Galileo Galilei.". Walking to the magnificent Villa Strozzi Gardens, one of the citys most beautiful and historical green areas with incredible hillside views. Next will explore some of the ancient cobblestone roads used from the Middle ages by Pilgrims and Traders to get in and out of town. A magnificent panoramic spot with incredible views ranging from center to Fiesole hills will await on the top of Bellosguardo hill, a great reward for the slight uphill walk. A characteristic hill road will unveil a "Via Matris",seven devotion tiles representing the Seven Pains of Mary, dated 1934, before heading to Porta Romana.

Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo Private Walking Tour

7. Florence: Piazzale Michelangelo Private Walking Tour

The tour starts from Ponte Vecchio, the famous bridge. From the so-called Rampe del Poggi in the Oltrarno, you will start climbing up a hill and then continue to Piazzale Michelangelo for the breathtaking view of Florence.  Piazzale Michelangelo is a monument to Michelangelo, the most important Italian sculptor, and built in the 19th century by architect Giuseppe Poggi. See a copy of the David and hear interesting stories. The tour will end with a visit to the astonishing Romanesque church San Miniato al Monte, one of the jewel churches on the hills of Florence, not to be missed.

Florence: Private E-Bike Tour with Wine & Local Products

8. Florence: Private E-Bike Tour with Wine & Local Products

Visit the hills surrounding Florence and Fiesole with an eco-friendly means of transportation. With little effort, aboard your electric bike and with your private tour guide, you can admire breathtaking views of Florence and its countryside and find particular glimpses for wonderful photos. From the heart of Florence, follow your guide through the neighborhoods of the city, far from the historical center and the most famous areas of downtown. With the bike paths, getting to the hills is easy-going. Once outside the city, the electric engine will help to deal with the Tuscan hills. Immerse yourself in the sounds, smells, and colors of the countryside, with secular cypresses, olive groves, and small vineyards hidden in the middle of the hills where Leonardo da Vinci used to come for his studies. From here, admire some of the most beautiful panoramic views over Florence. Turn by turn, reach Fiesole, a small Etruscan town that, from above, dominates the northside of the hills: a perfect frame to see how a small village combines its history with some of the most exclusive private villas around Florence. Before heading back to the starting point, visit a traditional osteria. Enjoy some local wine, accompanied by a small taste of typical Florentine food.

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What people are saying about Basilica di San Miniato al Monte

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4.9 / 5

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Massimo provided a wonderful tour of Pisa and Florence

Massimo provided a wonderful tour of Florence and Pisa. They met our cruise ship, were on time and got us to Pisa before all the cruise ship busses showed up. Next they took us to Florence were we saw all the major locations followed by a pickup and quick return to our cruise ship. I would use them again as well as possibly use them for a land tour in the future.

Excellent tour, dynamic you can see another side of Florence less known than the city center, but with places from which you have breathtaking views, a lot of company and fun the guide who with his personal stories has made this experience unique. Really worth trying.

We are so happy that, Laura, was our tour guide today! She is very knowledgeable about the area and made sure we were comfortable and on time. We highly recommend this tour company. If you can request Laura, you will not be disappointed!

You need to be good on foot as it is a slow uphill walk to Piazzale Michelangelo. But manageable despite the heat and lack of athleticism: worthwhile, as it is very interesting and has a great view!

Beautiful tour with the best guide in Florence. Enchanting, she made the route very enjoyable for us. Totally recommended. Thanks a thousand!!