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Fiesole: Archeology & Art

Minutes from the City Center of Florence

by car, by bus or hike to the top

The mystical beauty of Fiesole, less than 10 km outside of Florence, encompasses centuries of history and it is amazing well preserved. Largely unknown by many, this small town hides a wealth of surprises: the massive stones that make up the Etruscan walls, the remains of Roman baths, the green hilltop where Leonardo da Vinci first experimented with the concept of flight, and the Roman amphitheater that still serves as a stage for the EstateFiesolana summer events. The small city center is home to a wide range of historical sites, churches and parks where you can spend some time escaping from the hustle and bustle of Florence.

Fiesole was well established as an Etruscan stronghold in the 8th century BC, until the Romans were finally able to dominate, building a thriving town of their own over the remains. For centuries it existed as a powerful rival to Florence, until once again it was subdued and its ruling nobles were forced to take up residence within the walls of the conquering city. In the 14th century it became known as the new living quarters for the rich and famous Florentines looking for new territory to build their villas surrounded by cypress trees and spectacular gardens.

The hillside looms 295 meters above Florence, offering a special and stunning panorama of the Renaissance city. The city lends itself to a lazy afternoon exploring its historical museums, gardens & villas, picturesque streets, simple yet stunning churches, trails and parks. After having discovered the secrets of Fiesole, then you can choose from the wide selection of cafes, restaurants and pizzerias, savoring good food with a unique backdrop.

Our articles below offer suggestions on how to best enjoy Fiesole, giving you ideas of where to stay and what to visit.

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Fiesole: The Mysterious City Near Florence

The Roman amphitheater and Etruscan walls of Fiesole are just the right size for those who want to explore the amazing archeological finds less than 10 km from the city center of Florence. Easy to reach with or without a car, read how you can make the most of your visit.

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Estate Fiesolana: Summer Calendar in Fiesole

Just outside the city limits of Florence, and easily reached by bus there is a long list of summer activities at the Roman Amphitheater at Fiesole: save the date and join EstateFiesolana in celebrating under the stars with concerts, theater and opera.

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Casa Palmira B&B - By Bus Ride from Florence

Tucked away in the green rolling hills of the Mugello, the country B&B Casa Palmira near Florence enjoys a unique location just 9km from the famous Etruscan-Roman town of Fiesole and 16km from Florence. The stone home offers B&B rooms & two suites as well as one two bedroom apartment.

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Poggio al Sole - Trekking, Sun & Saffron Flowers

Poggio al Sole B&B offers 5 double rooms furnished in typical Tuscan decor, with wood-beamed ceilings and terracotta floors and a brand new swimming pool.  Within minutes you can drive or take public transport to the city center of Florence.

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La Paggeria B&B - Green, Fresh & a view of Florence

B&B La Paggeria offers comfortable rooms and suites in the countryside with a view over Fiesole and Florence.  Only a short bus ride from all of the main sights in Florence. The position is ideal for visiting Villa Demidoff, Mugello & the Tuscan countryside.

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