The Roman “Faesulae” has an Etruscan origin and became the epicenter of the region. Fortified in 1325, it was the favorite locality of the Medici family. In the 18th and 19th century it was enriched by villas and gardens and it was one of the best-loved destinations for foreign visitors.
And besides all that: it’s really easy to get there: you can get a taxi or take the bus Ataf number 7.If you are in Florence, don’t forget to add Fiesole to your day trip list! Set on the hilltop which overlooks the Arno and the Mugnone Valleys, it offers an incomparable view of the city of Florence. You’ll be impressed by the beauty of the countryside, the archaeological vestiges and wealth of art treasures.
Here you find some things you shouldn’t miss:
DuomoThe Duomo is a Romanesque construction enlarged in the 13th-14th Century whose façade was later remodeled (19th Century). The belltower from the 1213 was remade in 1700-1800. Inside, works by Giovanni della Robbia, Bicci di Lorenzo, Mino da Fiesole and the Salutati Chapel with frescoes by Cosimo Rosseli.
Archaeological siteIn an enchanting setting and atmosphere there is the Roman theater for 3000 spectators built in the Imperial age. The area also includes thermae, a Roman temple and a stretch of Etruscan walls.
Church of San FrancescoOn the hilltop, where the ancient acropolis once rose, is the Church of San Francesco, built in the 13th Century but frequently remodeled later. Don’t forget to enter the cloister of the 15th Century next to the church!
If it’s a beautiful and warm day, it can be a good idea to have a picnic in a small park near the church of San Francesco. The view is fantastic, you can see the center of Florence and have a great moment (as I had!).