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San Miniato is a medieval town in the province of Pisa, Tuscany. Sitting high and pretty atop three hills, San Miniato dominates the Arno valley and will certainly catch your eye as you drive the main road from Pisa to Florence. In the XII century, the town was fortified with walls and defensive towers, which are still well preserved today. Today San Miniato is an important economic center and well-known for its traditional leather work and white truffle production. There are many impressive sights including The Duomo (Cathedral), beautiful churches such as The Church Of San Francesco and its convent, and the Church of San Domenico. The main attractions are The Tower of Federico II overlooking the entire valley and the Tower of Matilde.

San Miniato is one of the european towns crossed by the Via Francigena, once the main connecting route between northern Europe and Rome. Today the road it’s still active with many pilgrims traveling to reach Rome.

Although just a small town, San Miniato offers limitless opportunities for photographers who are always surprised at the range and diversity on offer with stunning landscapes, rolling hills, sweeping vistas and traditional medieval and roman architecture.

Come in autumn/winter for morning mists or May/June for spring flowers and colours. October/November is perfect for autumn reds and sprawling vineyards, but opportunities abound whenever you visit.

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San Miniato is one of the most famous cities in Tuscany and not to be missed. Small and surrounded by medieval buildings, you can easily explore it in a day or two on foot, but there are also many viewpoints within an easy drive of San Miniato from which to admire a stunning Tuscan sunrise or sunset. I would particularly recommend taking in a sunset from the meadow of the Tower of Federico II in autumn or winter if you can.


Tuscany is a safe destination for travel in general. You can photograph everywhere in confidence, including at night, but apply usual common sense when out with your camera gear. Italy uses standard European two-pin plugs at 220V.

Tuscany has very few restrictions for photography; tripods and flash photography are not permitted in most museums and galleries.


Don’t miss "Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco di San Miniato" (the White Truffle Festival) in November. Check out the two summer festivals "La Luna è Azzurra" and "La Notte Nera" in June/July. San Miniato has also hosted the Festival of Theatre since 1974 in the month of July. See links for full details of all events.

Weather forecasts by Regione Toscana e CNR
Official tourism website of San Miniato
Tuscany Official Tourism Website
Festival Notte Nera a San Miniato

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?I’m an Italian photographer based in Tuscany. I like to photograph landscapes & nature. Photography for me is a way to express myself and to show the world what is often hidden from us.
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