THE ETRUSCANS IN FIESOLE

9 February 2016
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The tour...

  • We can go there on a city bus from the centre of Florence, getting off in Fiesole in the main square, the old Roman forum that is now a pretty little piazza. First we’ll go into the Bandini Museum and walk round the remains of the temples and Etruscan ruins, the amphitheatre and the Roman baths, the Lombard necropolis and the antiquarium, and the wealth of material from different centuries found in Fiesole.
  • When we leave the museum, we’ll go and see a Roman road, the old walls and the Etruscan necropolis.
  • We’ll then go into the cathedral of San Romolo which, inter alia, has glazed ceramics made by the Della Robbia family.
  • Next we’ll go up to the old Etruscan acropolis, now occupied by the Sant’Alessandro basilica, the San Francesco church and the little church of Santa Cecilia. Not only will we have a breathtaking wonderful view of Florence and the surrounding countryside, we’ll also see Della Robbia terracotta pieces and tables from the 14th and 15th centuries.
  • Going down towards Florence, passing Renaissance villas, we’ll stop at the San Domenico church. Florence’s archbishop Sant’Antonino, Fra Angelico and Domenico Buonvicini lived here. The church has a triptych by Fra Angelico.
  • We’ll then go to the abbey in Fiesole, its cathedral up to 1028. Nowadays it’s a school, but it’s interesting to look at the façade which recalls the decorative motifs in the Baptistery in Florence and the church in San Minato al Monte. The view of Florence and the Mugnone valley is magnificent.

Finding out more…

We can complete the half-day visit with another half day and go to San Miniato al Monte and the Carthusian Monastery in Galluzzo.

Useful information...

  • There is a charge for entry to the Bandini museum.
  • If you would like a comfortable tour in car with a private driver, call me, without commitment, for a quotation.

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