A visit to Fiesole is must if you are in Florence; it is really an amazing experience to see Florence from there, but also visit this really ancient little village. And if you are getting there by e-bike, the experience is even more fulfilling.
The slow and sweet climbing by bike to reach the top of the hill to reach Fiesole will help us increase our desire to enjoy the view from there. The heart of Fiesole is Piazza Mino, always crowded with tourists coming from everywhere.
From there, a short, steep climb leads to the convent of San Francesco. At the top of this little road, your efforts will be rewarded. The wonderful panoramic view over Florence and the surrounding silence will enchant you for long minutes.
From the center of Fiesole, with our e-bike, we will depart to reach a truly mystic place, mount Ceceri in Fiesole, where Leonardo da Vinci, for the first time, experienced the human flight with his flying machine, “il Grande Nibbio”.
From monte Ceceri, we will proceed on a panoramic road up to the sanctuary of Montesenario where we will visit the wonderful chapel of the Santissimo (frescos by Foggini), the chapel of the Seven Saints (with the remains of the seven founding friars of Montesenario), the Convent with the fifteenth-century cloister and the Medicean cistern.
We can also visit the caves and cells inhabited anciently by the servants of Mary and the Icehouse, built in the nineteenth century, considered the largest of Italy in its kind.
Last stop, the visit to the bar to savor the liqueurs that are still produced by the friars following the ancient recipes (130 years old) of the historical pharmacy.
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Fiesole is a small and old village overlooking Florence.
Beloved by foreigners, it is a concentration of history. Its Romanesque churches, a Roman theatre, museums, and medieval palaces are just wonderful.
Fiesole is also a very romantic place, and time seems to flow slowly. The panoramic view of Florence from there will enchant you. During the day and at night.
Leonardo da Vinci also loved Fiesole. On Mount Ceceri in Fiesole, he made his first test of his flying machine called “Il Grande Nibbio”.
The electric bike tour continues to reach the sanctuary of Montesenario, one of the most important sanctuaries of Tuscany. At the sanctuary, we should not miss the tastings of the liqueurs made by the friars at the “New pharmacy”, located in the premises of the convent, inaugurated in 1907, in 1925 transformed in a bar-refreshment.
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