while in florence we got talking to an australian couple who recommended taking a day trip to the local town of fiesole; m had also read good things in our guide books so the next day off we went. a cheap 20-minute bus ride from piazza san marco, fiesole is said to have been founded in the 8th century bc & is home to some impressive etruscan & roman ruins that we had a good poke around.
fiesole sits on the edge of a hill & if you climb up to the top you find a monastery, convento di san francesco, that you can explore for free. there are also beautiful views over florence lying down in the valley below; as you can see it was very hazy the day we went but you can still make out terracotta rooftops spreading for miles & miles! next up on this time-travelling italy trip, the cinque terre!