From Piazza Mino, following a short, steep and impressive climb, you reach the church of San Francesco, on the same site where the city’s Acropolis once stood; unfortunately, visible evidence no longer remains of it. The monumental complex consists of the church and the large building that houses the convent, with an impressive exterior porch.
The panoramic view is indescribable. The Bandini Museum is a small treasure chest of art, collecting thirteenth- to fifteenth-century Florentine paintings and polychrome-glazed terracottas by Della Robbia. In the immediate vicinity of the center of Fiesole are the church and convent of San Domenico - where Beato Angelico lived and created many of the works that are now in some of the world’s leading museums - and the Badia Fiesolana - the ancient Cathedral of Fiesole.
This latter deserves a visit for the rare architectural setting of its Romanesque façade, covered with white and green marble, for the many works of art and the panoramic setting; it can be reached from the Convent of San Domenico, turning left if coming from Florence. From the top of the Montececeri hill, Leonardo Da Vinci trialled his flight machine in 1506. The hill is a unique natural area, together with the Cave of Maiano, ancient sites of extraction of the pietra serena stone. A little more than one kilometer from Piazza Mino is Villa Peyron, home to a museum. The monumental garden of the villa is one of the major attractions in Fiesole.
Original article by Leila Firusbakht.