Art and Culture in San Miniato
Such a history could not but leave an important artistic and architectural heritage. The historical Center offers magnificent examples of its different chronological phases. The best way would maybe be those of going from the uppest part down: starting from the medieval (well rebuilt) lookout tower, the Rocca Federiciana. The tower is 37 meters high offering a magnificent view of the Arno Valley. Just so you know, from the Florence Hills on a clear day you can clearly see the Tower of San Miniato! At the base of the hill there is the ancient medieval military castle: two other towers (today one is a hotel the other the Cathedral bell tower) The architectures are brick red and simple. Walking down to the west side of the hill the historical center is composed by renaissance buildings over a single narrow road (Formichini Palace, Grifoni Palace). Dating to the 17th-18th century are the beautiful and elegant episcopal Seminary square and the Sanctuary of the Holy Crucifix.
the major Institutions have kept precious art pieces from late Renaissance local and national painters: frescos and painting can be seen in the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, Town Hall, Museum of the Convent of Santa Chiara, San Domenico Church, Museum of the Arciconfraternita della Misericordia.