Bear right and cross the road to the vast stone steps leading to the terrace in front of San Miniato al Monte ©. Catch your breath and admire the view of the Forte di Belvedere. San Miniato al Monte is one of the most unspoiled of all the Romanesque churches in Tuscany. It was built in 1018 over the shrine of the early Christian martyr, San Miniato (St Minias). He was a rich Armenian merchant beheaded for his beliefs by Emperor Decius in the 3rd century. The facade was begun around 1090 and has geometric patterning in green-grey and white marble, typical of the Romanesque style. The statue on the gable shows an eagle carrying a bale of cloth, the symbol of the powerful Arte di Calimala (guild of wool From the Ponte Vecchio 0 walk south down Via de’ Guicciardini and take the second turning left into the square fronting Santa Felicita ©. On the left of the church, take the steep road to the right, Costa di San Giorgio. No.
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