To reach Fiesole, perched 300 metres above sea level on a hillside northeast of Florence, just hop on bus number 7 (Piazza San Marco) and press your nose against the window to admire the passing scenery of cypress and olive trees, small churches, and steep roads. Fiesole has many cafés and a flea market much frequented by Florentines. Far from the throngs of tourists, it has long been a haven for dreamers, including Marcel Proust and André Gide.
While some visitors are content just to take in its panoramic views after a nice walk to the convent of San Francesco, others continue on to its archaeological site, occupied by the Etruscans and the Romans, who built a huge amphitheatre. The truly curious carry on to Villa Medici, the first Renaissance home with its own garden.
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