Fiesole: what to see in the town in the hills above Florence

What to see in Fiesole, Tuscany to visit this town is rich in history, offering visitors striking views of Florence and its surroundings.

Travel Guide Fiesole

Small town with a rich and interesting archaeological and artistic heritage, Fiesole is a town famous for the fascinating panoramic views on the capital of Tuscany and the beautiful surrounding landscape. The town stands on a hill of Fiesole, near Florence. From the top of the hill, the Etruscans, the ancient inhabitants of Fiesole then subject to the Romans, they saw birth and growth of the village which will become the famous Florence.

Places to visit in Fiesole

– The Cathedral of Fiesole, a Romanesque building of the eleventh century, enlarged in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, located in Piazza Mino da Fiesole, the center of the town, where there was the Roman forum.

– In addition to the Cathedral in the same square overlook the seminary, the Bishop’s Palace, the Praetorian Palace and ‘ancient oratory of Santa Maria Primerana.

– L ‘archaeological area of Fiesole including the Roman theater carved into the hillside, the ruins of the baths, the remains of a Roman temple, a stretch of Etruscan walls, and the Archaeological Museum. Near the Roman Theatre is the Bandini Museum, where you can admire Della Robbia terracotta works and paintings of the Tuscan school.

– On top of the hill, on the site of the ancient Etruscan acropolis, which then became Roman and where the medieval fortress was built, destroyed by the Florentines in 1125, is the Franciscan convent of Fiesole built in 1399 on a pre-existing convent smaller.