Very close to town but with a personality all its own is Fiesole, on the hill overlooking Florence, in a splendid panoramic position. Fiesole has an Etruscan Foundation and preserves important evidences at the wide Archaeological Area.
Of great historical value also the Romanesque cathedral of St. Romulus, with its distinctive Bell Tower, Palazzo Vescovile established in sec. XI, then rebuilt in the 15th century. XVII and the ancient Church of s. Maria Primerana, erected on Etruscan structures.
A classical walk is to the ancient Acropolis, where they meet the basilica of s. Alessandro, used for exhibitions, and the Church with the monastery and the missionary Museum of San Francesco. The beautiful natural surroundings make Fiesole a place of walks to Monte Ceceri or Caldine.
Finally not to forget a visit to the archaeological museum, which documents the early history of the city of Fiesole and its region and is connected to the adjoining archaeological area, the Bandini Museum, where there is a collection of Canon law from which the Museum takes its name, and the chapel of San Jacopo, completely painted where there is a collection of paintings crosses and liturgical ornaments.
Fiesole is an obligatory stop for foreign tourists and not where you can relive the history of a part of the past civilization.