This blog is about my travels. At home in New Zealand, in other parts of Oceania, North, Central and South America and in Europe.
The plan for the day was to walk up Montececeri hill which is just above Florence and is the historic starting point for this amazing city. My friend and I started early on our walk. We started early to avoid climbing the hill in the hottest part of the day, and it was well worth it. I was up at 4:00am, and we were off up the hill around 6:00pm. We walked through a lovely forested path which was once trodden by Leonardo da Vinci, who also climbed to the top of the hill to test his flying machines in 1506. It was great to spend a few hours in nature as we clambered to the top. At the top of Montececeri hill there is a beautiful medieval village, Fiesole. The town is very picturesque and has fantastic views of Florence and the surrounding hills. It was a clear fine day, but the hill top breezes made the area cooler. We had a well deserved coffee at a little cafe and kept exploring the town. On our way through the village we saw a lot of interesting things, including an ancient Etruscian tomb which is 2300 years old. We kept heading up and got to the monestary at the top of the hill, the Convento di San Francesco. It is a beautiful site, with sweeping views and an incredibly gorgeous little church at the top. Next to the monastery there is a little shop. It sells perfumes and tinctures made by Francescian monks. For hundreds of years these have been made from the herbs from their gardens. So now I own a little vial of perfume made by Francescian monks! It was an amazing day, and great to spend it with a good friend. I hope you enjoy the photos.
I am a traveller from New Zealand. My blog is to inform friends and family about my adventures. I hope you enjoy it.