So those four pictures took us to the bottom of the stairs actually leading up to the church. Quite a trek! Going on up, we reach the top with the lovely, lovely San Miniato. Smaller than some but so very pretty and much quieter up high in the hills.
On the left you can see a bit of the monastery building which is just a plain brick building and then attached to the other side of the monastery is the bishop's palace which isn't quite so plain. I cropped that picture to get a clearer view of the mosaic up under the peak along with a better look at that whole part of the building.
I just took this one interior shot of the church. It's very beautiful but also very dark in some places and very brightly lit in other places which makes it difficult to get a good photo. And since I visited there on (I think) my second visit to Florence, I didn't feel compelled to keep trying.
I explored those side graves for a while and came across this grave which was really interesting. All the round discs around the base of the statue are basically tombstones - names and dates are printed on each one - the last one being in the l960's if I remember correctly.
Speaking of cemeteries, the last time I visited San Miniato, I knew there were more graves, but I didn't see any way to get to them and was happy with my visit so didn't poke around a lot. Chris did poke around apparently because at some point he told me he was going back to the other graves. Well, he wasn't leaving me behind and off we went and I'm here to say that I have never seen such a cemetery in all my life and probably never will. I'm going to post all those pictures as a separate post just because they deserve their own space. So right below this post will be the cemetery post. Hope you enjoy seeing it - I was pretty much blown away by it.