Fiesole was another quick day trip for Mer and me. Located just 8km from Florence, the little town’s claim to fame is a spectacular panoramic view of Tuscany.
It was another hot as could be day so once Mer and I figured out how to get to the places with the good views (we headed in the wrong direction first, naturally), we took in the slightly hazy but beautiful view, and the headed to a small restaurant for an amazing lunch of pasta and a meat tray.
The real treat of the day, however, was having a drink at the spectacular Villa San Michele
. This place was a “Must Visit” according to our friend from Brazil so Mer and I decided to see it. Our Brazilian friend was right, the place was definitely a Must-Visit.
First I should mention we walked there from the center of town. This would not be a huge deal except we had to walk on the street and dive into the very tiny ditches every time a car rounded one of the curves.
Second, I should mention we had to walk down the hill to get to the property only to then have to walk all the way up the hill that the hotel sat on. Remember I said it was really hot? Yeah, so take a moment and imagine what sweaty messes we were as we rolled up to this gorgeous 900 euro a night hotel. I’m amazed they let us in, let alone were as gracious as they were.
The entire place was like a dream (a very expensive, out of our league, surprised they aren’t calling security on these two sweaty lunatics dream) but we had lots of fun sitting at the patio bar drinking our prosecco while checking out the view and people watching.
That’s the hotel property, isn’t it wild? As we flipped through the hotel property book I saw the same company owns the Grand Hotel Europa
in Saint Petersburg which is equally dreamy.
And the bar was pretty awesome too.
Overall, it was an awesome little day trip, well worth the 2.70€ in bus fare.