Sunday, June 17, 2012

Italia (Toscana) - Fiesole

"For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery -- back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness." --D.H. Lawrence

On our last day before leaving Italy,we decided to take the 30 minute bus ride to the little town of Fiesole which is on the mountains outside of Florence and from where one has the best views of Florence. Fiesole is also important since it has structures from the Roman Times still in use and a large collection of Etruscan ( the early inhabitants of what is now Italy) artifacts. We walked through the town square, visited the cathedral and had lunch in a small trattoria. We then went up the mountain to the top where there was the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi as well as a point from where we took  a beautiful (and alas our last view ) of Florence.

The Cathedral of Fiesole

A statue of Garibaldi and Vittorio Emanuelle II (two of the founding fathers of modern Italy)  in the Fiesole town square

Italian flowers are so beautiful!

The view of Florence from Fiesole

A view of Florence from the Church of Saint Francis

The Church of Saint Francis at the highest point of Fiesole

The interior of the Chiesa di San Francesco

A view of the surrounding countryside

La Piazza di Fiesole

The Cathedral of Fiesole

Toscano Water -it must be good!

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