Just to the north of Florence
, the small hill town of Fiesole was founded by the Etruscans. Today it is effectively an upmarket city suburb, home to many magnificent villas. Highlights include the 11th-century Duomo; the 3,000-seat Roman amphitheater, which still hosts concerts and ballet performances; and the Museo Archeologico, with finds from the Etruscan, Bronze and Greek eras. After your visit, relax in one of the pleasant cafés in Piazza Mino.