Erected around a basilica shape floor plan, the San Romolo Cathedral was commissioned by Bishop Jacopo il Bavaro in 1028 and later enlarged during the 13th century.
The date (1206) inscribed on the belltower indicates its antiquity. It is dedicated to the bishop and the martyr Romolo, founder of the Fiesole church.
!878 saw the church undergo a restoration and makeover while archeological work in the crypt in 1990 brought to light the continuity of life here from the Hellenistic period through to the 14th century.
The striking thing, or things, about the piazza are the monument where Garibaldi and Vittorio Emmanuelle II meet, symbolizing the unification of Italy. Well, all parts except the sud Tirol which they grabbed in WWI.
The other thing is the old coats of arms from the various families and cities that have lorded over this hillside town down the centuries.
It's odd, but when you try to get information about any VIttorio Emmanuelle statues there is a distinct lack of interest and forthcoming information from the majority of Italians. I did ascertain in Rome that it has to do with representing the fascist side of things.
But I did like the small piazza!
This is the view from adjacent to the museum and overlooks, in addition to the rolling hills, the Roman ruins.
The neo-classical facade of the Museo Archeologico di Fiesole is in keeping with the rest of the area.
Your all-encompassing ticket also allows you entry to the Bandini Museum. In the promo it states, "The Bandini Museum is distinguished by a strong presence of Florentine and Tuscan artists of the 13th and 14th centuries, the so-called Italian Primitives. No less important are offerings by masters of the 15th century." By the time you have viewed the two smallish rooms comprising the entire exhibition, you may well come out feeling somewhat less enthusiastic than the writing in the brochure.
One ticket sees all. You get to wander around the Roman ruins with their well-documented explanations and you get to go into the museum. It's an odd shaped affair and it has bits and pieces of everything but not a lot of anything.
The quality belongs undoubtedly to the Hellenistic period items such as the hydria shown here with the winged Athena astride her chariot.
This is in room VII that also has two bronze Etruscan mirrors, a strigile (save you heading for the dictionary it's a sweat remover - no home should be without one!), lead sling bullets (no weapons of mass destruction though) and some old stretches of painted plaster.
Now there's something that - to the best of my knowledge - I'd never seen before: an Etrusco-Roman temple complex.
Another view of the Roman baths - the tiles that form part of the hypocaustum seemed very well preserved, it was our guess that this was partly a reconstruction by the archeologists.
Inside the Roman amphitheatre. We were allowed to move about the site quite freely - although of course it wasn't allowed to climb the walls...
The town of Fiesole was an Etruscan site, and some of its walls remain. Built from huge blocks of stone, around the 4th century BCE, they are still imposing.
The biggest church in Fiesole. It has a huge Campanile (tower) which is very well seen from Florence........