San minato al monte

I first discovered this church when I was living in Florence. I heard a fascinating tale about San Miniato, who was beheaded on the banks of the River Arno by a Roman Emperor, undeterred, he picked up his head and climbed to the top of the nearest hill, which is subsequently where they built the church. Not only is it a great story, it’s one of a few places in Florence where you can catch your breath [once you climb all those steps!] and take in the beautiful view of the city below. The drawing depicts parallel views, both of the view from the Church over Florence, and the view from Florence to the church – both equally spectacular.

Anna Gibb