This picturesque town is perched high in the hills above Florence. The central square is located on the former spot of the Roman Forum, and its restaurants along the piazza are worth a stop for a leisurely meal.

On a small road just to one side of the square, you'll find the entrance to a Roman theater, still used today for a delightful summer performing-arts festival. The archaeological museum nearby displays historical finds from the area.

If you happen to be in Fiesole when a Mass is being held in the Cathedral of San Romolo (in the main square), it's worth going in—the choir's Gregorian chant is exquisite. To get a magnificent view of Florence, walk up the small stone-paved road to the left of the cathedral to reach the Monastery of San Francesco.

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