Located in a strategic position equidistant from Pisa and Florence, San Miniato was used as a Roman settlement of the fourth since the days of Augustus. Later it became an outpost of the Holy Roman Empire, with inevitable fortifications: Frederick II built the typical fortress that today characterizes the city, with its facade typical of rural medieval villages.
Visiting San Miniato is a pleasure, enjoy a couple of hours in complete relaxation is one of the favorite pastimes of tourists visiting the city.
In the bottom of the town, San Miniato Basso, is the railway station, from there you can take a shuttle to reach San Miniato Alto, where the city's historical center.
You enter the gate of the walls, turn right toward Piazza del Popolo, where the tourist office.
In the bottom of the square is the Church of San Domenico, with inside the tomb of John Chellini, carved from Pagno of Lapo Portigiani.
Is a must Piazza della Repubblica, Via reachable from Conti, where you can admire the wonderful secenteschi graffiti painted on the facade of the seminar, and very few shops fourteenth century completely restored. From there you can start to the Cathedral of Prato, accessible by a staircase in front of the workshop, and then move from next door, where the Palace of the Emperor Vicari, where Matilda was born in Canossa, the daughter of a vicar.
Made of faux Romanesque interior decorated with gold and marble Baroque, was dedicated in San Genesio, patron saint of actors. Alongside is a small museum, which houses a Crucifixion made by Filippo Lippi and a bust of Christ made from terracotta Verrocchio.
Behind the cathedral is the shrine of the Crucified One, built to house inside a crucifix, according to the beliefs that had protected the city from the plague of 1637.
From the lawn of the Cathedral up to the Tower of the Rock, where you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.
San Miniato between May and October is filled with culture and entertainment, with a good program of concerts and exhibitions. The first Sunday of each month is organized in the porch of a San Domenico Fair. The first Sunday after Easter, however, is organized the Italian league of kites.
Piazza del Popolo
Summer: daily 09:00 - 13:00 / 16:00 - 19:30
Winter: Monday to Saturday 10:00 -- 13:00 / 15:00 - 18:30
Phone: 0571 418 739