A bit of a leisurely morning before we hopped back on the tour bus to finish the tour that we got sidetracked on the day prior. I mean, we saw stores and boutiques and gelato and stuff … lots and lots of glorious stuff. Hmmm … anyway, we got back on the bus.
It was a cooler day with drizzle, so we had every intention of just staying aboard for the entire tour. However, we came to a sweet little stop on the tour – Piazza Mino da Fiesole, in the beautiful village of Fiesole. Fiesole is a metropolitan city in the Tuscany region, Italy. A favorite destination of many writers who have been attracted to Fiesole including Giovanni Boccaccio, John Milton, Percy Shelley, Alexandre Dumas, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein. Fiesole was also a favorite place of Leonardo da Vinci who, reportedly, experimented with attempts at flight off its hills. (the Los Angeles Times)
Fiesole has become the go-to area to live of the very affluent of Italy. It is known for grand gardens and exquisite residences. This little gem is on the market for 20 million Euros. Today that is only $22,334,880. USD. A Bargain!
We took a few moments to enjoy a traditional Toscana lunch of burger and homemade chips. We were ready for that after 14 days – trust me!
Afterwards, we wanted to see more of the beautiful countryside, but the rain was drizzling and the wind was blowing really cold, We got a couple of shots of the clock tower of the Cathedral of Fiesole (Il Duomo), and the town. There are very few shops – maybe a couple cafes – not much more, other than the stunning gardens and homes.
Took a catnap on the bus ride “home” and spent time packing and doing laundry and getting ready to take the train to Rome in the morning.