Only about 8 kilometers northeastwards from the city of Florence – and pertaining to the Florentine province – there is the town of Fiesole, a typical Tuscan town which chiefly shares with its counterparts a similar historic trajectory, being, as expected, of Etruscan origin. The only remains of such incipient moments refer to the vestiges of the city walls, but Roman vestiges are much more consistent. Thus, the Roman baths and the Roman Theater, as well as the remains of two city gates catch the eye as far as the interest for the vestiges of that era are concerned. However, Fiesole is, by far, towered by religious establishments. Thus, once in Fiesole, one should always take a good look at the Fiesole Cathedral (il Duomo) and at the ancient cathedral of St. Romulus referred to as Badia, which, for that matter, is located at the foot of the hill on which Fiesole as such stretches.

The Church of Primerana, the Church of St. Alessandro and the Monastery of St. Francesco are also of interests, but they are closely followed by the several impressive palaces and villas in Fiesole, of which Palazzo Comunale, Fontanelle, Villa Medici in Fiesole, Villa Palmieri and Villa Le Balze are some of the most notable. If passionate about the personal life and work of Fra Angelico, tourists should also visit San Domenico, the place where this famous painter, subsequently sanctified, spent a part of his life as novice. Obviously, Fiesole does not fall short of the typical label one can associate with Tuscan cities and towns as far as historic and architectural patrimony goes, which is why Fiesole might always make either a fine vacation destination or an excellent daytrip objective for tourists accommodated in Florence or in Pisa.

Fiesole, Italy

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