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“Nice setting and a great little museum”

Museo Civico Archeologico
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Fiesole
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Since 1914 Archaeological Museum conserves Etruscan, Roman and Lombard finds, telling the history of Fiesole. In front of the Museum there is 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 5, 2013

A much bigger site than it looked from the outside. Great to wander round and it was really quiet and peaceful when we were there. The theatre is beautifully set amongst the hills and the museum again has far more in it than you think from first appearances. Definitely recommended.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

These few acres have a museum, ampitheatre, and multiple areas of baths and footings of buildings. It is somewhat spoiled by some out of place sculptures and current construction to use the stage for contemporary theatre productions, but the site is often quiet and a great place to walk, especially on a Sunday when everything else is closed in Fiesole. Again, the #7 bus gets you there rapidly and cheaply.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

Fiesole is a small community looking down on Florence. One local described it as the Beverly Hills of Firenze. The town is small and I'm sure there are some nice estates but the primary attraction is the Area Archeologica and the Museo Civico above it. It's a compact area with an impressive, partially restored Teatro Romano. Lots of green grass and big rocks for kids to tromp around on. The museum has many nice pieces and you will probably spend more time inside than you thought when you first walked in.

Here is the best part. Fiesole is quite some distance from central Florence but it is on the route of one of the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus lines which are a good deal in town and even better when you factor in what cabs would have cost.

Thank PstarTraveler
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

When in Florence, as well as all the central attractions, take a bus ride to Fiesole. It has an incredible Roman and Etruscan site and a fascinating museum. Buy some food from the nearby markets and sit in the amphitheatre to eat your tasty treat. After taking in the atmosphere, walk around the ancient ruins: Roman baths, Etruscan/Roman church etc. The museum has some remarksble artefacts including the skeleton and grave artefacts of a Longobardi ancestor. After all this, a walk up the hill (San Francesco) gives a great view towards Florence.

Thank Peter L
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Even if Fiesole could not boast its famous views on Florence and other sights, the vision of the Roman theater it would be enough to justify the trip to this small, hilltop town (is very useful bus n.7, running from Piazza San Marco in Florence).
First of all, theater is located in a scenic location, with a view to a beautiful and peaceful countryside, on the opposite side to that of Florence. You can see here the will (common both to the ancient Greeks and Romans) to situate if possible the theater in scenic sites.
Secondly, a tour around the ruins gives the sense of the age when the ancient Fiesole was more important than Florence (in fact, the Romans founded Florence in the plain, in competition with the Etruscan Fiesole), and thus an idea of the whole area in ancient times, an idea almost completely canceled in Florence from the development of medieval metropolis.
Instead, the connected Archaeological Museum, although interesting, has a quite local meaning.. If you are even a little interested in archeology, don't miss the all-important museum in Florence (close to Piazza Annunziata).

Thank Brun066
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