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Fiesole is located only 8 kilometers away from Florence and it is often considered the outlying area of the capital. But in fact this place deserves special attention.

Fiesole location demonstrates that once in the past it was a place of greater importance rather than just “town of flowers” nowadays. Fiesole is situated on the top of the hill and rises over Florence that spreads in the valley. By the way, trip up the hill to Fiesole by serpentine road is especially attractive because you can have a chance to enjoy the spectacular view of Florence and shoot remarkable photos. And fresh mountain air is one more reason to visit this beautiful town.

Fiesole was founded as Etruscan settlement in the 7th century BC. Remnants of defensive City Walls and Etruscan Temple are the only remains of ancient culture. Reminders of Roman period in Fiesole are remains of Roman baths and Roman Theater for 3000 seats. All these attractions are being considered as archaeological zone of Fiesole.

Main architectural sights are concentrated on the central town square – Piazza Mino da Fiesole. Especially attractive is San Romolo Cathedral (XI-XIII CC) which is a real medieval architectural monument. Close to San Romolo Cathedral stands the Bishop’s Palace. And Palazzo Pretorio (Pretorio’s Palace) is located on the opposite side of the central square.

Travelling through Fiesole you should visit Bandini museum (Museo Bandini) which is located a little bit away from Piazza Mino da Fiesole behind San Romolo Cathedral. There you will have opportunity to get familiar with Italian art of XIII-XV CC.

It is interesting to know, that Giovanni Boccaccio often used Fiesole as scene of action in his notable works. Here in Fiesole in the manner of the ancient myths unfold the events of the poem "Ninfale Fiesolano” (Fiesole nymphs).

Here, on one of Fiesole villas, spend time characters of the famous "Decameron” amusing each other with stories.


The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.