Musei di Fiesole
Musei di Fiesole
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Museums of Fiesole include Archaeological Area, Archaeological Museum and Bandini Museum. Archaeological Museum conserves Etruscan, Roman and Lombard finds, telling the history of Fiesole. In front of the museum, Archaeological Area, with the Roman Theatre (that holds shows and viewers during the Summer), the Etruscan and Roman Temple and the Roman Baths. Everything is sorrounded by the calm of nature, even though it's very close to Florence.
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Bruna
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
It was a poor experience, the museum employee yelled at me for breastfeeding my baby (she could've talked and been polite) she was straight up mean yelling and shaming me in front of my fiance and friend. I wonder if this would've happen if I was a stereotyped European citizen... I guess not, it's sad that a nice country has veiled racism! I was able to breastfeed in Vaticano, Uffizi Valerie, Coliseum and Borghese gallery but this, the poorest experience histologically talking couldn't even give me a nice customer service. To finish: It's shameful that a country that has so many naked statues and paints shames a woman that is feeding her baby
Written July 3, 2022
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Dear Brunarauj, we would like to inform you that, after your complaint, the Museum direction has ascertained the facts with the Cooperative in charge of the Visitors and Security Service. The Cooperative direction has taken a disciplinary action towards the employee involved in the facts. The Museum direction, together with the Cooperative direction, apologise again for the inconvenience and trouble caused to you and your family. If you want, you can contact us by writing to the following email address: infomusei@comune.fiesole.fi.it.
Written July 12, 2022
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Duffman
Davistown, Australia52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We trekked up from Florence for the day. About a 15km round trek up through the back streets which bring you out through San Domenico and then up to Fiesole.
The town was relatively quiet but we found a quaint cafe Gelateria Bar "Ferro Battuto" and had a couple of spritz to get the energy back.
The ruins were great. None of the crowds from Florence, lots of history and if you don’t want to walk then plenty of ways to get up there.
We’ll recommended.
Written September 11, 2023
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KEVIN E
Northallerton, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Up in the hills away from Florence. Take the City Tour Bus or the local bus( get tickets before you board it or get fined €200).Nice museum and Roman ruins. Plenty to see. Nicely laid out and in English as well.
Written July 6, 2023
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Kat
Stockholm, Sweden106 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The site itself is honestly not too much to look at, rather skip it. Maybe more interesting if you haven't visited other ancient sites before. But Fiesole is beautiful though and accessible with city bus.
Written September 9, 2020
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Midwest_Rob
Dallas, TX56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
The Etruscan and Roman ruins and museum in Fiesole were unknown to me, but were a truly first rate experience. The museum entrance is unassuming, and just off a side street near the main square of Fiesole. The entrance fee was reasonable.

Once inside, go immediately to the right. The building with columns houses a tremendous collection of Roman and Estruscan artifacts. This collection is as good as many of the travelling exhibits I've seen at large museum. They were also gifted a Greek collection of enormous, intact vases. There are language cards near the walls in each room explaining each of the artifacts, and the museum guides were great. We had one gentleman who sought us out to answer our questions.

The ruins were cool. Unlike Rome where you're held back, you have the ability to walk through the ruins in Fiesole. This provides a sense of scale on the rooms, and you can tell that Fiesole was a decent sized community.

Things to do in the ruins:
1. Stand on the stage of the amphitheater and speak at a soft voice to someone in the audience. The accoustics are perfect. You're standing where people have conducted plays and concerts for thousands of years.
2. Walk down to the old temple. It was originally an Etruscan temple that the Romans added to. You can see where they made their offerings.
3. Walk over to the baths. They've reconstructed part to show how the hot room actually worked.

Tips on getting to Fiesole:
1. You can walk to Fiesole. Fiesole is nearly 1,800 feet above Tuscany and approximatley 8km. It's a tough trek, but it offers many great views of Florence and you walk by amazing Tuscan villas.
2. You can take a bus to and from Fiesole. Pick up the #7 buss from Piazza San Pietro.

One other tip while you're there...Fiesole is near where Leonardo di Vinci first attempted flight. You can take a hike along the trail to the point where he attempted this between 1503 and 1506. It's a steep hike in spots, but it's a historic spot.
Written June 15, 2012
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James P
Lakewood, OH102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
The ruins have been well reviewed here. So, let's focus on "how to get there". First, you will need to take the bus. It is much more interesting than hailing a cab. I'll STEP YOU THROUGH HOW TO TAKE THE BUS.
First, find Piazza San Marco, it is about 5 blocks above the Duomo. A side street of the Piazza San Marco is Via Giorgio la Piera take that street and continue about 1 1/2 blocks until you reach Giardini dei Simplica, it is here you will catch the bus going to Fiesole. Your can purchase the TICKET(s) at any tobacco shop. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Don't go to the train station, any tobacco shop sells tickets. You merely ask "bigelleto Fiesole". Look at the ticket, it reflects the bus number. Look for the corresponding number on the bus stop. It passes by about every 30 minutes.
The trip is about 25 minutes. Once outside the city limits, it is a charming climb with great vistas. I am quite angry at myself, there was a charming B&B on the cliff overlooking Florence but the name has been forgotten.
The town is very small, one small square and about 5 blocks long. The entrance to the Roman ruins is across the street.
It is well planned with a wonderful museum, certainly worth going through - - - along with your translation book (unless you are fluent in Italian). You get a wonderful understanding of this area, how it was important as an "outpost" to Rome. The ruins are in fairly good condition (minus columns often used for the churches, so important that the pagans where stomped out - - - the Church's main mission).
It is a good 2 hours to leisurely take in everything and attend the museum. There is even a LIFT/ELEVATOR for those challenged by the steps down.
Visiting this small town, one of so many easily accessed from Florence, is a delightful way to escape the crowds and multitude of tourists in Florence.
Next to the ruins is a small restaurant. I did not eat there and can not comment - - - my first take, it is a tourist trap. Keep going through town and above until you find a place more popular among the locals.
Afraid of getting lost? No problem, this is Italy - - - they've been used to tourists for centuries. Just ask. First in Italian "Dove el centro", it is appreciated by them.

Return? It takes a different route back but the bus drops you off near the Piazza again in Florence. IF you decide to pop off, as there is one old cathedral on the return route, just get off and back on.
Plan on 2 hours. Also fit in the church museum as well as the Villa Gamberaia which will be listed after I complete this
USE THE BUS to Fiesole

Enjoy
I'll add more on this town in a few days.
Written December 10, 2016
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mjrg59
Iowa City, IA1,089 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
When the hordes of tourists get to you, get on bus #7 at San Marco Piazza (buy a ticket at the nearby newstand or Tabacchi) and validate it on the machine after you enter the bus. It's about a 20 min ride up a splendid hill where spires of cedars punctuate the sky. When you get off the bus, cross the traffic circle and find a TI where you can get a map. Just around the corner is the entrace to the museum and ruins of the civilizations of Rome and Etruscans. Here the birds are singing and the tourists are rare. The Roman theater is superb and the thermal baths are too. When tired of the great views, enter the museum and enjoy English translations of most of the displays written on cards which you find in each room. Head back down the hill on the bus. If you are over 65, the round trip on the bus and museum ticket combined will have cost you less than 10 euros, make that 14 if you are under 65.
Written October 8, 2014
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luvroma2
Reading, PA1,948 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
The public bus ride from Florence to Fiesole is a very picturesque ride. The day we were at the ruins and museum, they were very empty. It was nice to stroll around and not walk in to lots of tourists. There is also a very nice museum onsite.

If you need to use the toilet, you have to exit the site and they are located behind the small restaurant. These are the ONLY public facilities in Fiesole. You can use your ticket to get back in to the historic site once you have exited.
Written October 24, 2015
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Riley M
Melbourne, Australia42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
Great small Roman site, consisting of a theatre, temple and small museum. Great view over the nearby hills from the site. The amphitheater is well preserved, the temple less so. There's a small museum here as well - nothing special, but compliments the site nicely. Note that it closes at 2pm, at least in the winter.

Local buses drop you off a hundred meters or so away, or it's a nice hike up from Florence (although quite a steep one.)
Written January 8, 2015
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BosworthBattlers130
Leicester, UK89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Fiesole is well worth the short bus ride from the busy city of Florence (although the No.7 bus now leaves from just outside the main SM train station, not San Marco). The town itself is interesting, and the scenic walks (some with fairly steep inclines) offer great views back over the valley towards Florence.

The musei di fiesole provides an excellent opportunity to walk around the peaceful roman site, which includes many interesting artefacts, and an amphitheatre . The site also offers lovely views towards the hills to the north of Fiesole.
Written September 28, 2019
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