Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Fiesole, Italy … another 2001 Douglas memory

Douglas was wonderful to travel with because he had been to Italy many times and he could easily cut out the tourist traps. He was better than a travel guide and when he told me that our trip would not be complete without a visit to the magical town of Fiesole, perched on the hills north of Florence, I believed him. A short ride on the number 7 bus took us there .

When we reached the town center, the Piazza Mino, I was awed with the views that were on all 4 sides. However, it was the steep walk up the Via San Francesco that really made me feel like I was stepping back into history. It leads to the Abbey of San Francesco, begun in 1330 by a group of hermits, and taken over by the Franciscan’s, who expanded it in 1407.

We were able to visit the monk’s cells and I can’t imagine how they existed through the winter months. Each cell had a stone bench for a bed, a rustic table and candles for light. A window in each cell was open to the elements.

I am so glad that Douglas recommended that we go to Fiesole. It gave us a well needed respite from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.


Blogger kenju said...

Your tour of Italy was far different from mine, and now I'd like to do yours!!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Grace-WorkinProgress said...

I took your advice and opened that door just a crack

8:52 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

What a great tour guide he was. You got to see an Italy few get to enjoy.

6:36 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

Traveling with a friend who knows the country is definitely the best. Just lovely.

7:12 AM  
Blogger possum said...

I'm hoping that was not one of the monasteries you stayed in! A stone bed? Yikes!
But it sounds like a fascinating place to visit! (But not sleep there!)

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice. I think the Italian mystery series Don Matteo is filmed there?

1:46 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

It's nice to visit the quiet places, especially with a good friend.

4:37 AM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

The person and the place. What a wonderful memory to cherish...:)

4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah! 'Memory Lane' .. What a lovely place to wander off to.

7:28 AM  
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9:10 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Enjoyed reading and seeing the photos of your trips with your friend, Douglas. It's grand to have had such a great traveling companion and good friend, Ginnie. The travels have ended, but the memories of those good times have not.

4:43 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

Monks had a really austere life. And your travels are indeed a good way to experience some interesting places.

3:56 PM  

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