Today my roommate Odette and I decided to go on an adventure, mostly motivated by the fact that the only thing we had left in our apartment to eat was plain pasta and rolls that had been left by the previous tenants. After grabbing lunch at a neighborhood trattoria, we had planned on taking Bus Line 7 up to Fiesole, a small but ancient village overlooking Florence. When we reached the bus station however, we decided to take a leap of faith and hopped on the next bus that pulled up.
After 20 minutes of riding, the route came to an end in a suburban area that we think was close to Siena. We hopped off and spotted a park, and decided to go in and check it out. It was full of Italian families enjoying their Sunday afternoon with family and friends. In addition, there was some really cool art on the walls.
After catching the same line back into the city, which ends at Piazza San Marco, we realized just as we got off that people were boarding Line 7 right across the square, which was the original bus we were looking for. We hopped on and rode up the hill to San Domenico, a small village between Florence and Fiesole. We turned down a random road, and happened upon a church that was called “Badia Fiesolana,” an abbey that was originally constructed between 1025-1028, but renovated between 1456-1467 partially by Cosimo (Medici) the Elder in a Romanesque style. The original 11th century green and white marble facade remains intact through the present day. It was probably one of the coolest places I have ever stumbled upon by accident!
After that, we climbed a couple of miles closer to the top of the hill and were rewarded with a miraculous view of Florence. What a wonderful day!