The 10 Best Things to Do in Fiesole, Italy

March 13, 2018 Tonie Szymanski

Fiesole (Italian pronunciation: [ˈfjɛːzole]) is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Florence in the Italian region of Tuscany, on a scenic height above Florence, 8 kilometres (5 mi) northeast of that city. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio is set in the slopes of Fiesole. Both Harvard University and Georgetown University have their centers of Italian Renaissance Studies domiciled in Fiesole.
Restaurants in Fiesole

1. Convento di San Francesco

Via San Francesco 13, 50014, Fiesole, Italy +39 055 59175
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Convento di San Francesco

Reviewed By Michael B - Bellflower

It's a steep climb to this little Museum tucked away in the back of the Franciscan Missionaries Church. There is no charge to enter, and it’s full of odd artefacts from China and Egypt. The garden is a sweet oasis of peace and quiet, take a few minutes to enjoy it to its fullest.
Tip. Climb the stairs at the back corner to view the Monks cells.

2. Museo Civico Archeologico

Via Portigiani 1, 50014, Fiesole, Italy +39 055 596 1293
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Museo Civico Archeologico

Since 1914 Archaeological Museum conserves Etruscan, Roman and Lombard finds, telling the history of Fiesole. In front of the Museum there is Archaeological Area, with the Roman Theatre (that holds shows and viewers during the Summer), the Etruscan and Roman Temple and the Roman Baths. Everything is sorrounded by the calm of nature, even though it's very close to Florence.

Reviewed By IndianaDee - Lucan, Ireland

Another place we only found out about by doing the sightseeing Florence bus tour!! Entrance fee to the site €7 and you are free to explore the Roman Amphitheater, walk the old Roma roads, and check out the Etruscan temple. We arrived about 4:30 on a Saturday and so there wasn't a huge crowd of people. A really fascinating place with a museum attached if u have time to view it. Would definitely recommend a visit, but best to wear your trainers!

3. San Domenico Fiesole

Via San Domenico, Fiesole, Italy
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San Domenico Fiesole

Reviewed By EUcivilization - Beverly Hills, Michigan

Fiesole in itself is a nice place to visit. However the lucky visitor who happens to be there on a sunny day the wonderful panoramic view of Florence's skyline is AMAZING. Next to the view from Piazzle Michelangelo this 15 min bus trip to Fiesole will imprint in art lover's memory images to last a !lifetime.

4. Piazza Mino

Piazza Mino, Fiesole, Italy
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Piazza Mino

Reviewed By 186337Alan - Liverpool, United Kingdom

I believe the bus ride here is a popular thing with tourists, but you would not think so as it is really quiet here.
Buy your bus tickets from a tabaccheria for 1.2euro each which last for 90 minutes, so best to buy two for the return; remember to stamp the ticket in the machine behind the driver otherwise they WILL fine you.
Catch the bus ...No.7,at Piazza San Marco, just up from the Accademia Gallery. It takes about half an hour to get to Fiesole and operates a half hour service for the return ride.
The views of Florence as you climb are spectacular, and there are many points to takes some stunning shots of the whole area and rolling countryside.
It was very hot when we went there, so you have to take some time for a cold drink and reflection on such a beautiful place just a few miles from the bustle of Florence.
A lovely little town with a wealth of historical buildings and history.
A good plan is to visit the Accademia in the morning at 11.30am, catch the 12.46pm No.7 bus to Fiesole and have lunch there, it will be a magical day.
A completely unexpected gem advised to us by a friend who had been there.

5. Cathedral San Romolo

Piazza Mino, 50014, Fiesole, Italy
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Cathedral San Romolo

Dating back to the 11th century, the duomo of San Romolo has a Romanesque interior and a massive bell tower.

Reviewed By Knyte7 - Evergreen, Colorado

This is a stark and dark church in the center of beautiful Fiesole. The town floats above the Firenze valley and the soaring tower floats above the hill village. There is an intricate carved pulpit decorating the altar that should be seen.

6. Bandini Museum

Via Giovanni Dupre 1, 50014, Fiesole, Italy +39 055 596 1293
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Bandini Museum

The small but charming Bandini Museum conserves significant Tuscan medieval and Renassaince art. Inside it you can admire paintings dating from XIII to XV centuries, as well as a small collection of byzantine works and terracottas by Della Robbia. Its silent and calm atmosphere will enchant you!

Reviewed By the2vus - Conway, Massachusetts

This is an interesting, but quite small, museum. It features many works by Della Robia, and paintings and sculptures by other Italian artists. Nicely presented on several floors. If you buy entrance with the combination ticket for the Roman theatre and Gardens, it is less expensive.

7. Parco di Montececeri

Fiesole, via Cave Maiano, Fiesole, Italy
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Parco di Montececeri

Reviewed By Zanzara-tigre - Wirral

Climb up through the forest to reach the small square commemorating the spot where Leonardo da Vinci tested his flying machines out with local 'volunteers'. Then walk past the wall and drop down through the forest to the Piatto di Pini and thence into Fiesole.

8. Sportelli d'arte

Mostra Diffusa, Fiesole, Italy
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Sportelli d'arte

Reviewed By mje0250 - Sydney, Australia

I was walking through Fissile and discovered that a lot of the gas little door were peinted with beautiful scenery all of them were if you were standing against the door and looking forward is the immediate scene that would be printed.
I manage to take a photo of mall of them but need to return to take all the latest ones.

9. Monumento a Garibaldi e Vittorio Emanuele II

Piazza Mino, Fiesole, Italy
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Monumento a Garibaldi e Vittorio Emanuele II

Reviewed By J S - Jacksonville, AL

This is a typical Italian monument that illustrates a meeting between two powerful men. As you wander through Piazza da Mino, the main piazza in Fiesole, be sure to study this life-sized bronze sculpture. The horses are lifelike, and the poses (read the body language) are interesting. As an artist I've sketched this monument many times over the years--and watched how the shadows and light changes on it. Worth a few moments of your time. Soak up the ambience of being in a small city in Italy--and feel the weight of history.

10. Area Archeologica

Via Portigiani 1, 50014, Fiesole, Italy +39 055 596 1293
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Area Archeologica

Reviewed By Heidi R - West Salem, Wisconsin

If you appreciate archeology, relics, and old ruins, you'll enjoy this area of Fiesole, along with the museum. Some of the pottery in the museum dates back to the 8th and 9th century and it's beautiful! We spent about a half-hour in the museum and another hour just wandering the ruins, taking pictures. If you're not impressed by this sort of thing, don't bother, it won't wow you. I love this sort of history, and I found the ruins remarkable!

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