Fiesole, the Crown of Florence

The narrow and crowded streets of Florence are filled with delights but you may find, as we do, four nights into our stay, that we need a respite and Fiesole is the perfect solution. On the heights above Florence, the ancient town of Fiesole welcomes with amazing views, a small historical area with an evocative Roman amphitheatre, Etruscan temple and two nice, small museums.

Amphitheater Fiesole

Lisa & Pat study the history of the Roman Amphitheater

Fiesole Streets

Uphill walk to La Reggia degli Etruschi is worth the climb

Villa Medici on the hills overlooking Fiseole

Villa Medici on the hills overlooking Fiseole

To crown our trip, we had a leisurely lunch at is one of the best restaurants in the area, La Reggia degli Etruschi.


Potato-filled tortellini with sausage, porcini and cherry tomatoes

It’s easy to reach from Piazza San Marco (near the Accademia) in Florence. Take the #7 city bus, purchasing an inexpensive bus ticket at the machine next to the bus stop. It is about a 15-minute ride up the hill with scenic views at every turn. Descend the bus at the end of the line in Fiesole’s tiny main piazza. The amphitheater/ Etruscan temple/ museums are a block away. Or head up a short, steep uphill street to La Reggia degli Etruschi restaurant. If the hill is too steep for you, call the restaurant and they will send a car for you to the piazza below. Our lunch was absolutely delicious, topped only by the magnificent views from our table overlooking the hills of Florence. A most memorable and enjoyable excursion!


Pecorino cheese & tomato bruschetta appetizer

One Response to “Fiesole, the Crown of Florence”

  1. Desiree' says:

    I’ve been to Florence many times, but somehow never found the time to go to Fiesole! Definitely bookmarked for next time.. 🙂 Des |

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