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Church in Fiesole

Chiesa e Convento di San Francesco

Make your way up steep walled Via San Francesco and be blown away by the staggeringly beautiful panorama of Florence that unfolds from the terrace adjoining this 15th-century church and former convent. Grassy-green …
Tuscan in Fiesole

La Reggia degli Etruschi

This outstanding diner, halfway up the steep car-free hill to Chiesa e Convento di San Francesco, buzzes on Sunday with knowing Florentines out for the day in Fiesole to feast on first-class Tuscan fare and a mesmer…
Performing Arts in Fiesole

Estate Fiesolana

Italy's oldest open-air festival, around since 1947, brings summertime music, theatre and dance to Fiesole's atmospheric Roman amphitheatre.
Archaeological Site in Fiesole

Area Archeologica

Make the Area Archeologica your first stop. A pretty site to stroll, the archaeological area ensnares an Etruscan temple (Fiesole was founded in the 7th century BC by the Etruscans), Roman baths, an archaeological m…
Tuscan in Fiesole

Vinandro

Here the owners have gone to some length to recreate a sense of the old Tuscan tavern, with long, timber fratina tables conducive to convivial eating. The menu consists of Tuscan staples and snacks, all washed down …
Museum in Fiesole

Museo Primo Conti

From Fiesole's central square, a 400m walk along Via Giovanni Dupré brings you to this quaint house-museum where the eponymous avant-garde 20th-century artist lived and worked. The views from the garden here are lov…
Gallery in Fiesole

Museo Bandini

Your ticket to the Area Archeologica also gives admission to the tiny Museo Bandini next door. The collection of early Tuscan Renaissance works inside includes fine medallions by Giovanni della Robbia (c 1505–20) an…
Tuscan in Fiesole

Villa Aurora

On the main square in Fiesole, this four-star hotel and restaurant is a classy, classic address. Since 1860 it has been the place to stay in town – thanks to its romantic pagoda-covered terrace with astonishing view…
Cathedral in Fiesole

Cattedrale di San Romolo

Fiesole's cathedral, begun in the 11th century, stands sentry over the central square. Look out for the glazed terracotta statue of San Romolo by Giovanni della Robbia guarding the entrance inside.
Pub in Fiesole

JJ Hill

On the main square in Fiesole, this atmospheric Irish pub is a popular local hangout for tip-top beers, excellent burgers and other quality pub grub.