Venturing out to Fiesole is an absolute must when visiting Florence. Aside from the stunning views over Florence and the surrounding plains, this Etruscan town is bursting with historical sites waiting to be explored. For the very best vistas, head to the monastery of San Francesco - perched on the crest of the highest hill, this is well worth the climb.
For those who fancy a more relaxed affair, Fiesole’s main square, Piazza Mino, is fringed with trattoria, restaurants and shops. After enjoying typical Tuscan fare, the Cathedral of Fiesole and Etruscan-Roman Archaeological sites are a great way to spend the afternoon, with surrounding sights and museums guaranteed to distract visitors as they embark on on any of Fiesole’s walks.
Getting there: Bus 7 leads straight to Fiesole and departs from Florence train station, passing through Piazza San Marco and close to the Duomo on its way. There is also good parking available in Fiesole for those wishing to drive.