Destination guide

Avoid the crowds in Fiesole

The little hilltop town of Fiesole may not be as famous as its crowded neighbor Florence, but if you're suffering from cultural fatigue, it's refreshingly different. It's long been known by Italian vacationers for its wealth of history and fewer crowds, but has yet to be fully discovered by foreigners. If you're lucky enough to nab one of the Renaissance-style Fiesole vacation rentals, you'll be surrounded by pretty olive groves, soaring Italian cypresses and views down over the gorgeous architecture. Head down to the piazza in the balmy evenings to gorge on fresh pasta with a glass of Chianti.

Things to do

Fiesole has history dating back to the Romans

Fiesole is crammed full of history and to see it, you won't need to spend hours queueing as you may in Florence. If you've nabbed a Fiesole vacation rental in the center of the city, a good place to start is the main square – Piazza Mino. From here you can easily explore the old town hall, the 11th century Cattedrale di San Romolo and then some of the sections of the Etruscan Walls further out. The 2000 year old Roman amphitheater hosts concerts and productions during the summer months, just like it would have done all those years ago.

Activities

Explore Fiesole by foot or pedal power

The best way to explore Fiesole is on foot, though it's worth noting that much of it is hilly. If you follow the trail up from Palazzo Pretorio to the hill behind, you'll be rewarded with some spectacular views. Another trail takes you to the spot where Leonardo de Vinci tested his flying equipment all those centuries ago. Alternatively, you can explore the town and its surrounds on 2 wheels, either by pedaling up the steep hills or zipping around on an iconic Vespa. You're on vacation, take your time and stop en route for a little cappuccino or espresso.

Weather

Try a visit to Fiesole in spring, you won't regret it

The warmest time to stay in a Fiesole vacation rental is during the summer between May and September. While most foreigners stay down in Florence, it's still the town's most popular time and, as such, prices are at their highest. It's not going to be as warm in spring or fall, but with a climate comfortable enough to eat al fresco and some great deals to be found on Fiesole vacation rentals, it's an attractive time to visit. Winter can be cold up in the hills, but those who buck the trend may be pleasantly surprised.

Natural features

Tuscan wildlife awaits in Fiesole

If you head east of Fiesole you'll find Casentinesi Forests National Park, one of the biggest forested parks in Europe. Astonishingly rich in Tuscan fauna, a hike around the park is likely to reveal everything from wild deer, stubborn little badgers and even wolves. This is wild boar territory and it's not uncommon to see one rustling around on the forest floor. If you bring your binoculars and point them towards the trees or around the marshes, you'll spot a ton of birdlife including graceful herons and tawny owls if you're there at dusk.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Fiesole

The nearest airport is in Florence (FLR-Peretola), located 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Pian del Mugnone Station, Fiesole Caldine Station and Compiobbi Station are the main stations in the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Fiesole?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,293 vacation rentals near Fiesole. From 458 Houses to 210 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fiesole for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Fiesole?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Fiesole:

  • Oltrarno: 1,334 vacation rentals
  • Duomo: 2,376 vacation rentals
  • Basilica of Santa Croce: 1,942 vacation rentals
  • San Giovanni: 1,575 vacation rentals
  • Isolotto-Legnaia (Quartiere 4): 1,281 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Fiesole?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Fiesole. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Villa Medici: 7,471 vacation rentals
  • Convent of San Domenico: 7,520 vacation rentals
  • Vincigliata Castle: 7,378 vacation rentals
  • Fiesole Archaeological Site: 7,324 vacation rentals
  • San Francesco Monastery: 7,355 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fiesole listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Fiesole?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 458 Houses in Fiesole. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fiesole include:

  • Villas: 210 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 3,369 rentals available
  • Cottages: 16 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fiesole?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 532 vacation rentals with pool available in Fiesole. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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