If you need a break from Florence with all its traffic and tourists, go to the Piazza San Marco, get into the bus number 7 and take a trip to Fiesole. Situated high above the city, surrounded by the Tuscan landscape and blessed by spectacular sunsets. Not only the sunsets tempt the city dweller to come up here, but also the nature and the quiet village itself, where you can explore the alley rather undisturbed.
Fiesole was already founded in the 7th century BC by the Etruscans, later it allied with the Romans, then joined a rebellion and then were made a colony as punishment. The importance it had until then and its status as a city Fiesole lost in 1125, when soldiers from the city in the valley destroyed the city on the hill completely for void reasons.
On the highest hill of Fiesole stands the church and convent San Franceso, where the acropolis was in ancient times. In 1399 the Franciscans moved into an existing cloister here and since then they just wouldn’t leave.
While taking an extended walk through the narrow alleys of Fiesole you will come upon many panoramic views of Florence and the Tuscan landscape on the borders of the village.
Via degli Dei
The Way of the Gods leads through the Tuscan landscape from Bologna to Florence, and comes to Fiesole shortly before its destination. If you have enough time and come early, you can walk a bit of the Via degli Dei.
You wait for the bus in the turmoil of cars and people in Florence, then you get out, leave the small village on the hill on its upper end and suddenly you are in the middle of the Tuscan landscape, complete with pines, castles and olive trees.
It’s worth it to bring some food and drinks and have a picnic on one of the green meadows.
Sunset in Fiesole
We come back from our small hike just in time for the sunset, which we most definitely don’t want to miss. The main viewing platform is close to the highest hill, but there are also many other wonderful spots throughout the city upon which we stumbled by accident. And so should you.