Things to do in Fiesole
The Maiano Farm
Fattoria di Maiano is the most important and largest farm in the hills near Florence: over 300 hectares cultivated using organic methods. The area is included in the hills that go from Fiesole to Settignano and offers, in some specific points, a truly fascinating overview of the city. Inside, there is also Monte Ceceri, the peak from which Leonardo da Vinci tested his flying machine in 1506. The heart of the park consists of a stone quarry, the most important in the area, from which the columns of the Uffizi Gallery and the Chapel of the Princes of San Lorenzo were obtained: it was in fact a place of reference for artists such as Michelangelo and patrons such as Lorenzo the Magnificent. Discover all the experiences you can have at Fattoria di Maiano!
Slow Tourism in Fiesole
Trust the experience of FiesoleBike for a fully customizable e-bike tour in the hills of Fiesole. Depending on the season, you will reach a monastery still inhabited by monks at over 800 meters above sea level or Michelangelo's childhood home. You will cross the path of the Via degli dei, the ancient Via Flaminia Minor, the Etruscan Road that crossed the Apennine mountains at least 200 years before Christ. During the trip, we will get some fragrant bread and fresh seasonal vegetables from local farmers. Then we will have a small gastronomic break in Giorgio's farm, where we will eat outdoors in the farmyard, tasting his extra virgin olive oil and his good wine. It will not be a touristic experience, but a little adventure: local life away from crowded places.
For trekking lovers, on the other hand, it is possible to discover Fiesole thanks to the Renaissance Ring, with two stages:
- Vaglia – Alberaccio - Fiesole, skirting the Apennines, at the foot of which is Vaglia with its Convent of Montesenario, you will find splendid views of Florence up to the center of Fiesole (23km/6.40h). Instead, the Vaglia-Alberaccio-Santa Brigida variant will take us up to Poggio Ripaghera, a protected natural area where you can't miss the centuries-old chestnut grove (17.5 km/ 3h).
- Fiesole / Santa Brigida - Pontassieve
(13 km/4h), the stage that plunges into the Tuscan countryside, among farmhouses, vineyards and mills and ends in Pontassieve with its Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso which dates back to the 15th century and houses an altar of serene stone.
And also, with the beautiful Path of the Etruscans which goes from Volterra to Fiesole with a distance of 90 km. Instead, for a local itinerary, the Quarry Routes in Fiesole is recommended, discovering the material used by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Vasari, Michelangelo, Cellini, to name a few, and the activity that was once prevalent in this area: that of the stonemason.