|Florence as seen from Fiesole.|
But you probably know it best because of a romantic British movie. A Room with a View, the James Ivory film based on E.M. Forster's novel, was shot here although the setting is supposedly in Florence. You'll remember this film features Lucy Honeychurch finally overthrowing her Edwardian era repressive background to marry the free-spirited George Emerson, the man who insisted Lucy and her chaperone have his "room with a view" when all of them first met while on holiday in Italy.
I suppose my friends from class and I might have considered hiking to the town last Saturday, but, luckily for Jenny, Keith and me, there is a bus we could take to climb the hairpin turns up the hill to Fiesole.
|The ampitheater has a modern stage with huge speakers, but the ancient seating remains for the audience.|
|The remains of the Roman temple.|
I wondered aloud why Jesus looked so nonchalant on the cross, as though he was slightly surprised but not unduly alarmed to find himself nailed to this apparatus. Keith explained that it took St. Francis of Assisi to change painters' approaches. Francis wanted Jesus' face to express the anguish he surely felt so that the common man could identify with his pain.
After Keith climbed an impossibly steep little hill to get some photos while Jenny and I ate Sicilian gelato (supposedly the best--it was delicious), we all agreed that Fiesole was well worth the trip. And we were quite grateful to settle into a comfortable bus for the trip back down the mountain.
Bus number 7 leaves from the Santa Maria Novella train station or San Marcos Piazza every twenty minutes or so. You can buy tickets in advance from any Tabachi store or from a machine at the bus stop.
Do not forget to insert your ticket into the yellow "stamper" you will find a couple seat rows behind the driver. If you are caught without a stamp, you are heavily fined.