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Published on Jul 26, 2009
The trip to Fiesole is easy and offers many rewards. Ride public bus 7 from the train station through the suburbs, passing numerous large well-kept villas and pleasant country scenery, arriving in Fiesole 30 minutes later. From the small town square you can easily walk to the principal sights, starting with the viewpoint next to Palazzo Vescovile, which offers a sweeping vista back across the hills to Florence, five miles away. There are signposts that will lead you through the Public Gardens and around to the real treasure of town, the Roman ruins with the spectacular amphitheater, and remains of a bathhouse, plus some earlier walls built by the Etruscans, who founded this town well before the Romans. There is also an excellent small museum in town with hundreds of artifacts recovered during excavations here.