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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    Fiesole - perched on a hill overlooking Florence

    by gigina Written Aug 31, 2008

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    iesole, perched on a hill overlooking Florence, is a good place to visit to escape the heat and crowds of the town centre.

    Fiesole was once Florence's big brother, but now it's a sleepy hill-town visited by tourists. Ironically, their main reason for coming here is not to see Fiesole itself, but to admire the view over Florence. Fiesole's history goes back into the mists of time. As Faesulae, it was an important Etruscan town, commanding the Arno valley from its defensive heights. The Romans encouraged a new settlement, Florentia, on the plain by the river, to drain importance from Fiesole, and gradually Florence became the more important of the two towns. After various spats, the Florentines destroyed Fiesole in the 12th century, since when it has enjoyed quiet, insignificant independence. The local artist Fra Angelico lived and worked in the monastery of San Domenico before descending to San Marco in Florence. Its peace and fresher air made Fiesole a popular resort for rich Florentines who wanted to escape the heat, smells and crowds of the city, and many fine villas were built on the slopes around the town.

    From central Florence you can get to Fiesole on the number 7 urban bus. Departing from the railway station, this passes the Duomo and Piazza San Marco before heading out of town and up the hill to Fiesole. The bus drops you in the town square, Piazza Mino da Fiesole (in Spring 2005 this was half-closed by building work). Immediately you can begin to admire the town's views, and maybe enjoy a drink or snack on the panoramic terrace of the Blue Bar next to the bus stop.

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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 .

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    Stunning and surprising!

    by stfan Written Dec 10, 2004

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    Roman Ruins

    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.

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    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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    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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