When we travel we explore where we are. Usually there is so much to see where we are that we choose not to spend precious time traveling out and about on day excursions. The time had come for an exception. We scanned the weather forecast and chose a warm, sunny day for our planned trip to Fiesole, a small town in the hills five miles north of Florence.
Fiesole has a rich past and we were ready to explore what we could in our short, one-day outing.
The old Etruscan town dates back to at least the 8thcentury BCE. Next came the Romans (283 BCE), followed by invasions and wars (some successful and some not) by the Vandals, Suebi, Byzantines, and Florentines.
The Roman Bath (upper right in the photo) offered extensive choices. Bathers started with the choice of exterior or interior baths. The exterior bath had two pools, one for swimming and the other a plunge pool. If the interior baths were chosen, bathers had no less than three choices of water: a caldarium (3 small pools complete with heated floors), a tepidarium, and a frigidarium. Ah, to have lived then and enjoyed a visit to the baths!
We left the ancient ruins and walked up the hill. In just a few minutes we got the view we had come for.
After lunch, we headed back to the Civic Archaeological Museum where we slowly made our way through the interesting exhibits.
We’re sure the good weather and the company of Tom and Barbara added to the memorable visit. Still, the visit to Fiesole surprised us. Everything was better than we expected: an easy bus ride, the ruins, museum, and even our long lunch. We’re glad we ventured out of the city for this gem of a place.