Daytrip - Fiesole, Florence

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    fiesole (i can't stress this enough)

    by rkearns Written Mar 10, 2010

    just a twenty minute bus ride away is the town of fiesole. it's beautiful, with views of florence. you will have your own experience but for me, it was the place i want to be when i grow old. i saw a woman throwing out her garbage while i was trucking up a hill. she smiled at me. this simple act makes this place an unforgettable destination.

    to answer your question about museums and churches, go to the santa maria del fiore (church) and the uffizi for the museum. you will be saturated there.

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    Villa I Tatti

    by halikowski Written Nov 6, 2008

    This is the nobleman Berenson's nineteenth century villa. If you want to know how the area around the villa has stayed so charmingly rural, the answer is: Berenson bought the valley!
    Now Harvard has established itself here as a research centre, with an obvious specialisation on Art History and Renaissance History.
    If you are keen to visit, then you will have to be very persistent, because they don't like them. Advance contact is essential. Or become a bona fide scholar.

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    Villa I Tatti

    by halikowski Written Nov 6, 2008

    Berenson's nineteenth century villa amongst the stunningly beautiful outskirts of Florence. If you want to know why it;'s managed to remain so rural, the answer is Berenson bought all the land!
    Villa i Tatti is Harvard's research centre in Florence, with a specialisation obviously on Renaissance art and history. They don;t like tourists, understandably, so you have to book in advance if you're really desperate to get in. Or become a bona fide scholar!

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    Villa Schifanoia

    by halikowski Written Oct 29, 2008

    A fifteenth century Florentine villa, with sumptuous formal gardens. Previous owner was the American formal representation to His Holiness Pope Pius XII. Now it belongs to the European University Institute, founded in 1976, but which acquired the property and started to use it only from 1993.

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    take the number 7 bus to fiesole

    by rkearns Written May 30, 2007

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    Fiesole is the best way to get out of the city and see florence at the same time. it is old, quaint, natural, and has all the qualities of a picturesque tuscan town. the busride is a short 10 minutes out of the city and up a windy road. once you are there, you can explore the neighborhoods on foot, see the painted shutters on houses, the flowers on the balconies, the views of the ruins down the mountain, the trees that we all identify as tuscan....
    truly a day trip worth the time.

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    A romantic place with a great view

    by Alex_71 Written Oct 31, 2006

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    Fiesole is close to Florence,and it's good 'couse in a little time by car or by bus you can arrive in this small but beautiful town(except saturday or sunday 'couse there are too many persons).Here you have an amazing view on the magnificent Florence.You can eat an ice cream just walking in the medieval little town or fo to the ancient theatre. I think that comeing in Fiesole is a "must",at least for makeing some pics from a spectacular point of view

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    Amazing views over Florence.

    by jetset05 Written Sep 23, 2005

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    This is a great place to go to get away from the busy streets of the city,
    the views are amazing over the beautiful city of Florence.
    There is also A museum with roman ruins also there are a few nice places to eat .

    View from fiesole View Up in the tuscan hills Museum in feisole A place to eat with a great view

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    Stunning and surprising!

    by stfan Written Dec 10, 2004

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    My teacher told me about this small village. So I took his advice and went there, not knowing what to expect. I walked around for some time trying to find something interesting. Then I saw a sign that indicated that there was some roman ruins near. I walked for some time and I finally found them. Entrance was cheap, and even cheaper if you are a student. There was no one there, except few people who were just hanging around. So I could walk around and just take it all in!

    It was all worth it. Dont forget to visit the museum, included in the ticket price.

    Roman Ruins

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    Fiesole

    by Bigs Written Nov 21, 2002

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    Well I have stayed in Fiesole and liked it a lot. If you are staying in Firenze you should take the bus number 7 from the main station to get here for a great view over Firenze. There are some more things to see in Fiesole like the roman theatro or the monastery on top of the hill. The restaurants here are also worth a visit!!!And the view at night even is more romantic. At the weekend many people came for a picnic up here!

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  • Take a bus (ATAF no 7) to...

    by catbert Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Take a bus (ATAF no 7) to Fiesole in the afternoon.
    Here you can look out over the whole Florence when enjoying a meal (Especialy on the restaurant Reggia degli Etruschi, Via San Fransesco 18).

    But you can also start a hike here by following the CAI (ask the tourist information for a map our by Sunflower books 'Tuscany'). If you take a hike you will be abel too se the beutiful landscape surrounding Florence.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Visit the town of Fiesole,...

    by oneonta_ni Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Visit the town of Fiesole, above Florence. This small town overlooks Florence and is an interesting place if you want to get away from the city for awhile. There are excellent views of the countryside and a fascinating museum/archeological area. The archeological area includes a Roman theatre built in the 1st century BC, and baths. There are also remains of Etruscan temples, dedicated to Minerva, which were built in the 4th century BC. One of the museums houses finds from the site, including some very impressive pieces of glass; and the other museum houses paintings from the early renaissance.

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  • Take the short bus ride to the...

    by lainew Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Take the short bus ride to the town of Fiesole and look out over the Tuscan countryside. Visit the Duomo in the town, too.

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