An Afternoon in Fiesole

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It’s always fun to take the number 7 bus from San Marco out of Florence and up the hillside to Fiesole. It is only about a 20 minute trip up and buses run relatively often from early in the morning until late in the evening.
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This was the first time that I have been there when the church was opened. The Cathedral of San Romolo is fairly plain on the outside and it is almost equally as plain inside. As far as I could tell, it doesn’t boast any great art work, but it was nice to finally be able to step inside.
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We had a wonderful lunch at one of the café’s located on Piazza Mino. I had a wonderful dish called Polpo ‘briaco (Drunken Octopus) Octopus cooked in Chianti into a rich stew with potatoes. I can’t wait to find a recipe! My companions had Pasta with pesto and a Risotto Fiorentino.
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After lunch to walk off some calories we headed up the hill to the Convent of San Francesco. The little church and the adjacent courtyard are charming.
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The museum wasn’t opened today, but we also enjoyed the walk down through the park. There are wonderful views of Florence. It was cloudy and a little hazy so making out the Duomo in the distance wasn’t easy.
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The park is adjacent to the Archeological park of Estruscan ruins that were visible through the tree line. We decided not to go into the archeological park, but I will do that another afternoon, because I also want to see the Bandini Museum located in the same area. It’s a wonderful little “get away”.
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