This small town, even older than Florence, is found to the north-east of the city and can be easily reached by public ... More
This small town, even older than Florence, is found to the north-east of the city and can be easily reached by public transport. It was founded in the Etruscan period but archaeological remains have also revealed that there was life here in the Bronze Age. In the main city square, Piazza Mino da Fiesole, are monuments of historic and artistic interest, such as the cathedral which was founded in the 11th century, restructured in following centuries and renovated in the 19th Century. Other features include the Palazzo Pretorio, the town hall of Fiesole and the church of Santa Maria Primerana. Behind the Piazza Mino da Fiesole, is the archaeological area with the Roman theatre and baths, and the remains of Roman and Etruscan temples. Walking from Piazza Mino da Fiesole towards the highest hill in the city, visitors will come across the first Etruscan acropolis and the 14th-century convent of San Francesco. A splendid panoramic view of Florence can be enjoyed from this height which makes the tiring climb from the Piazza more than worthwhile.
I read about Fiesole before my trip to Florence this past July. The trip was worth the bus fare. It was so beautiful up there and the view terrific. You can enjoy a glass of wine or have a nice dinner at one of several restaurants. A great place to explore. If I ever go back again I would certainly stay there away from the heat and maddening crowds in Florence. We go there after 5 pm and wish we had gone earlier in the day...don't miss it.
Fiesole is amazing. It is a 15 minute bus ride out of Florence (just watch your stops when you come back down). You just need to buy a bus ticket for up and down (they only last one way) they are not at all expensive and it is well worth the dollar per ticket to get there. There are Etruscan ruins (reasonably priced for entrance) with a small museum attached. If you walk up a slightly intimidating hill you will see the most amazing panoramic view of Florence (make sure you go on a clear day for the best view) picturesque does not quite do it justice. At the top of the hill you just walked up is a monastary with beautiful grounds. There is also a building at the top of the hill that sometimes houses a special event museum if you are lucky enough to catch it during that time. There are small restaurants there to eat while you wait for the bus (very small town atmosphere). Try the brick oven pizza (to die for).