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Fiesole [8 km] from Square Bus Station no. 7
The town of Fiesole located on a high hill about 300 meters above sea level about 6 km from Florence, and is an ideal location for the beauty of the surrounding landscape and its historical and cultural treasures. The center of town is Piazza Mino da Fiesole, where is the Romanesque Cathedral, the Palace Altoviti (now the seminary), and the Municipality. On one side of the main square, after a short but steep climb, is the Church of San Francesco.
Also near Piazza Mino, but the north, lies the entrance to the Teatro Romano. In addition to the theater, perfectly preserved, the remains of a necropolis of the Roman baths and several other buildings of the late-imperial. The Theatre is home to a summer season of theater and music known as Estate Fiesolana.
A few meters from the Roman Theatre is the entrance to the Museo Bandini, which houses an important and large collection of ceramics by Della Robbia.

The Certosa di Firenze - 7 km - Bus no. 37 from Santa Maria Novella Station is a former monastery of the Carthusian Order, which stands on Monte Acuto, at the confluence of 'Ema in the Greve area Galluzzo, surrounded by a high city walls.
It was built from 1341 by Nicholas Acciaiuoli, Grand Seneschal of the Kingdom of Naples and a member of one of the most illustrious Florentine families, and his death (1365), the building was almost completed. The name and type of building derived from the first house, the Grande Chartreuse Carthusian order built in 1084 by St. Bruno in the Massif de la Chartreuse, near Grenoble, and like all monasteries, too, is located far from the city, in a place Originally solitary and silent.

Bagno a Ripoli - 8 km from Santa Maria Novella Station – Bus no. 31 or 32
The Oratory of St. Catherine of Wheels is located in via del Carota locations Rimezzano
Built between 1348 and 1387 by the Alberti family, has well-preserved Gothic structure. The powerful Florentine family had a house nearby called the Il Paradiso degli Alberti. In 1921 it was stolen from the oratory of the original triptych Agnolo Gaddi, who was later found but no dais and pillars. The work has since been in storage in the Uffizi.
The exhibition at the Oratorio di Santa Caterina
Twelve masterpieces from the reserve of the Uffizi Gallery, the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, the National Museum of Villa Guinigi of Lucca and the Museum of Sacred Art of Incisa Valdarno, as well as from private collections, and most never exhibited in public, are guests in the beautiful fourteenth-century Oratorio di Santa Caterina dell'Antella in Bagno a Ripoli
La Fonte della Fata Morgana is a fountain surrounded by a park. It owes its name to the statue of the Fata Morgana, now no longer present, sculpted by Giambologna.

Florencegolf Club Ugolino - 9 km from Santa Maria Novella Station
In 889 the British colony in Florence founded the Florence Golf Club, the first Italian golf association
Among the 20's and 30 took shape the idea of creating a new field, so, Ugolino was born in 1933 on Via Chiantigiana the architects Blandford and Gannon English. A natural path, challenging for the slopes, obstacles, and the greens small and well defended. Considered one of the most beautiful natural areas in the world, has been described by American writer Chris Santella among the 50 most beautiful courses in the world.

Impruneta -16 km from Santa Maria Novella Station
Impruneta (commonly called The Impruneta), especially for the pottery industry, for the traditional Festival of S. Luke, which takes place every year in mid-October, and the Grape Festival, which takes place every last Sunday of September.
Its traditions date back to Etruscan times, then the location, the potential of the soil and its proximity to Florence Favorinus the birth of a Roman agglomeration.
The Grape Festival is a competition between wards, which takes place on the last Sunday of September. Founded in 1926, draws spectators from all over Tuscany. The four districts where the municipality is divided (Furnaces, Sante Marie, San Antonio and balls) are made of the wagons during the entire month of September, which are celebrated the harvest, grapes and wine. Very high is the number of listed involved in the choreography that accompanies the complex stage machinery, and many are also the people who design and sew costumes for the parade. During the months of work the neighborhood gather every evening at dinner, "the wagon" where they eat, drink wine and sing songs neighborhood.
In October, at onomastics of St. Luke the Evangelist, patron saint of Impruneta, a fair is organized to celebrate the saint.

Greve in Chianti - 28 km from Santa Maria Novella Station
Greve in Chianti [30 km] from Station Square line is considered the "Porta del Chianti", a land where the vines are grown and the homonymous famous Tuscan wine, awarded the DOCG. Always been an important agricultural and commercial center, Greve in Chianti is known for producing excellent Tuscan extra virgin olive oil and the many delis that sell local products such as cheese and finocchiona marzolino. Not to be missed: Piazza Matteotti, the old "market" asymmetrical porches and terraces surrounded by flowers and a glass of Chianti Classico in one of the picturesque wine cellars in the city.
Since the Middle Ages the story of Greve is related to its main square, which has always exercised the function of the market place. The village was a simple dependence of the Castle Montefioralle but thanks to its location, is situated at the point where they met the access route of the Arno Valley, the Val di Greve and the road from Florence through the Chianti hills led in Siena , could become the main market town in the area. The square shape of the characteristic elongated triangle is largely surrounded by porticos and the center is a statue of Giovanni da Verrazzano.Uno of the vertices of the square is occupied by the parish church of Santa Croce (XIX century).
In and around castles and churches to visit to go back in time.

Figline Valdarno - 30 km from Santa Maria Novella Station
The Praetorian Palace of Figline Valdarno houses the exhibition "The City of the Uffizi. Figline Arts. From the Master of Magdalene, Masaccio, up to half 'in January 2011.
Other annual events to visit are:
Autumn is a promotional event on agriculture, nutrition and the environment. It is held annually in early November. Marsilio Ficino in the square are set up booths of several farmers from all over Italy where you can taste the various products and buy them. When events are held conferences related to the world environment of agriculture.
Palio di San Rocco in 1972 in the first days of September are organized tournaments with the participation of athletes of various districts Figlinesi. The races are: archery, race buckets and finally grabs the horse where the horse as quickly as possible should be taken with a spear a ring that is suspended on a rope to 2-3 feet tall. Throughout the duration of the event are concerts and rides.
Until January 16, 2011, the Praetorian Palace of Figline Valdarno is hosting the exhibition "The City of the Uffizi. Figline Arts. From the Master of Magdalene Masaccio".

Vinci [38 km] from Santa Maria Novella Station

Attractions of the village are:

  • Square Drive, upgraded in 2006 with a presentation of contemporary art designed by Mimmo Paladino, with evocative lighting with the use of advanced LED and fiber optics in respect of sustainability and energy conservation.
  • "The Man from Vinci", an impressive wooden sculpture by Mario Ceroli that goes back to Leonardo's famous drawing of the Vitruvian Man, which opened in 1987.

The equestrian statue in bronze by Nina Akamu. This work embodies a project long cherished by Leonardo, and since November of 2001 dominates the central Piazza della Libertà.
Vinci is the town where Leonardo was born, and here there are the Leonardo Library, an international center for Leonardo studies, and the Municipal Museum Leonardo's large and impressive collection of models of Leonardo's inventions made in the house Uzielli and the Castle of the Counts Guidi , a wonderful medieval fortress dating from the eleventh century. Visited each year by 130 000 people, the Leonardo Museum is one of the most important and most visited museums in Tuscany.
A Vinci also houses the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci, dedicated to the deepening of current figure of Leonardo and to the complexity of his work as an artist, scientist, inventor, designer. Attractions along the way to Lamporecchio Hill, the Garden of Leonardo and Utopia, which is overseeing the Museo Ideale implementation.
For information on the Leonardo Museum Tel +39 56 055 0571


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