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“Charming look at Tuscany a hop away from Florence”

San Domenico Fiesole
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US$28.96*
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Florence City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in Fiesole
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 September 2013

When you get tired of fighting the crowds in Florence, this is a great half day to a day activity only a bus hop away. Most tourists appear on Sunday, realizing that Florence's business are mostly closed on that day. We went on a Monday instead and very much enjoyed a quiet day, with wonderful views from this little hilltop tuscan town. The Etruscan/Roman ruins are very good: the entry of 10euros also covers the audiovisual guide (available in English) which does a great job of showing how the baths and theater were originally. All the information is well put together. Then there will be plenty of little places for lunch, mostly around the main square. After lunch, you might want to do one or more of the walks suggested by the tourism office (same place where you buy the tickets for the ruins). Warning! What they advertise as "gentle up and downs" on the walks descriptions, must be the town joke on tourists; I found myself climbing some streets that were so steep that I could only walk on the balls of my feet. But it does show wonderful little streets and spectacular views. If you chose the yellow walk, be aware that you can catch the return bus (7) back to Florence; no need to go back to Fiesole at that point.

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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Nice little church at the top of Fiesole - good walk uphill to get there. Beautiful panorama on Florence. Church can be visited but not during prayer time.

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Reviewed 25 May 2013

Fiesole is a hill town about ten kilometers from Florence. Around midday, we took a hop-on-hop-off bus ride to reach the picturesque small town. The journey through the meandering hilly road with beautiful trees around was pleasing to the eyes.Olive orchards and umbrella pines looked great. The bus stopped for a while on a wide plateau with a statue of David in the open. The panoramic view from the spot was amazing. Florence with its river and Duomo was really looking like a fairyland. On our way we could see the area associated with the life of Michelangelo. On reaching top, we came across the Cathedral, Roman open air Theatre with attractive arches and a few good eateries. Fiesole appeared to be cooler and quieter than Florence. The view of the horizon from the top was wonderful. The picture postcard view of the city of Florence impressed all. We returned to Florence late in the afternoon.

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Reviewed 21 October 2012

The number 7 bus from San Marco goes to the top of the hill overlooking Florence. We found it a wonderful escape from the crowds. There are 2 churches in Fiesole, well worth visiting. One- the cathedral is just opposite the bus stop and the other is a long walk up the hill to the best view in Florence. We had a coffee and an ice cream when we arrived just to shake the city from us. The view from the terrace of the cafe was lovely.
This was one of the highlights of our 8 days in Florence and the churches were lovely and beautifully maintained.

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