Day Trip From Florence To Fiesole, Italy
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi
Fiesole is eight kilometers north of Florence. It is an ancient Etruscan city in the Tuscan countryside. There is a beautiful chapel, Roman ruins and spectacular views of Florence.
It’s nice just to go for a stroll, walk around the winding streets and see what ancient wonders you will find, what charming little stores you will stumble across and the locals you will meet along the way. It is full of art, history and literature.
Leonardo da Vinci spent much time in Fiesole testing his flying machine, while Michaelangelo learned his carving trade on the hillside stone works.Robert Browning, who moved to Florence during the Victorian era to elope with fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, mentioned Fiesole in his poem ‘Andrea Del Sarto’
The Archaeological Museum gives you entrance to the Roman and Etruscan ruins as well. The Roman amphitheater, baths and the Etruscan walls are amazingly well-preserved. The theatre is still in use today.
If you are a fan of the Uffizi, then you will also fall in love with the twelfth to fourteenth century works at the Bandini Museum. There are works from Della Robbia, Taddeo Gaddi, Bernardo Daddi, Lorenzo Monaco and Nardo di Cione.
Fiesole’s main square, Piazza Mino, is the setting for an antiques market every first Sunday of the month. It is also the setting for recurring markets, so it is always likely you’ll find one going on when you visit.
The slower pace of Fiesole after frenetic Florence makes it easy to go to a coffee-house, bakery or pizzeria and sit and relax in the Tuscan countryside.
The monastery of San Francesco is located at the top of the hill. It will be a tough climb but worth the view you’ll have over Florence. There are nice restaurants with great views on the street leading up to the monastery.
If you’re looking to burn off the unavoidable carbs of Italy, you can hike to Fiesole from Florence, enjoying the steep ups and rapid downs on the curvaceous roads and bumpy country trails. The number seven bus from Florence drops you in the main square of Fiesole. As with all Italian public transportation, watch for pickpockets. You can also share a taxi with some new friends like I did.
Ciao, Fly safe