Perched on a hill, Fiesole is a respite from the madding crowd of Florence that can get alarming in summers.
A typical small Italian town, Fiesole has everything from quaint alleys, beautiful piazza, to museums and ruins. But most importantly, it has a certain peace and quietude for which it is known and many seem to come here for it.
It was a hot sultry day when I visited Fiesole, the town’s main piazza- Piazza Mino, was empty except for the owners of the Gelateria Tecano and several other ristorante and trattorias. I wandered aimlessly around the piazza- clicking pictures, sitting on a bench, checking a handful tourists clicking selfies and eating gelato 😉
Then I headed towards the hill from Piazza Mino to get spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside. Little did I know that Florence would be right in the centre. A cherry on my little Italian cake 🙂 The views were breathtaking and the Duomo looked radiant in the setting sun.
It was such a quiet and perfect evening. I was back in Florence by dinner time.
How to reach:
Fiesole can be reached through the ATAF Bus 7 from Florence. Next time I visit Fiesole, I want to see the Roman amphitheater.