This Florentine Church was constructed between the eleventh and thirteenth century. It is well worth a visit not only for it's inner and exterior beauty, but if you have your back to the front of the Church and look out, you can get a great panoramic view of all of Florence.
San Minato al Monte basilica overlooks the city of Florence and the view is just spectacular! It stands at the hill top across from the Arno River. One evening, I came to visit the crypt where they had Gregorian chanting and mass (at the info office in Florence they have a list of churches and hours of service). It was truly amazing to listen! Definitely worth the trek up the hill and some getting lost to get to this place!
If you make it up to Piazalle Michelangelo, then another flight of stairs will get you to the church of San Miniato al Monte. The legend goes that Miniato, a Christian, was beheaded by a Roman emperor and picked up his head and walked to this spot, where a shrine and now a church exists. The structure is Romanesque, not Renaissance, rather dark inside but with an attractive exterior.
Beautiful old church with spectacular views of the city.