on October 6, 2009
After the views from San Miniato and Giotto's Belltower, the next best view over Florence, Italy is that from the beautiful neighboring hillside town of Fiesole.Located just 5 miles north of the city center of Florence, and an easy trip up on Bus #7 straight to Fiesole's main square, Fiesole offers great respite from the bustling city below, and hosts many wonderful panoramic views along lovely walks on its country roads.Because Fiesole sits on a hill overlooking the entire area of Florence, almost every path leads to another lookout, but one can enjoy lovely landmarks along the way by following one of the popular "walks". Starting in the main square look for the marked Panoramic Walk along Via Belvedere. You can visit the tourist office for a map that recommends three walks of varying length and difficulty. Along the walks you can see Etruscan walls, the Convento di San Francesco, San Domenico monastery, and one of the Medici's retreat homes.This small town predates the founding of the city of Florence, and has numerous Etruscan roots and sites which can be visited. Historically home to many vacation retreats for the wealthy, mainly Florence's famed Medici family, Fiesole is a sure favorite of those who love to wander quiet Tuscan paths with panoramic views.
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