View from the Galileo walk.
Two really great, relaxing things to do if you have time and you're in Florence. We took a bus up to Fiesole
, there were some cute restaurants and a neat park. We had a picnic and hung out a bit while we were up there. There were some gorgeous views of the city. It took a little while to get up there, but the view from the hills was lovely, and if you can go on a nice day, it's a great spot to have some bread and nutella and some gelato. The other really great, fun trip was actually my preference. If you can only pick one, I say go to San Miniato
. Start at the center of the city and go on the Galileo Walk. In the Florence and Tuscany Eyewitness Travel Guide there is a Galileo walk outlined in one of the chapters.
View from Fiesole.
You get to see some of the places that he lived and explored, as well as the place he was sequestered during his confinement by the Church. There are some beautiful things you see along the way and it's not a hard hike. The other great thing about the walk is that you end up at San Miniato, where the headless horseman's body is. It's a really neat church and very beautiful landscaping. The inside was a little dark, but it had it's own feel, different from some of the other churches. In general in Italy I suggest just walking in to some of the older churches that aren't marked out in travel guides as something special. you just might find your very own favorite! In any case, after visiting San Miniato, you can walk down to the Piazzale Michelangelo for some amazing panoramic shots of Florence. There are also gelato vendors, musicians, artists and trinket sellers there too. It's a great place. At this point you can either bus back down to the city or you can walk back down. Either way it's a great way to spend an afternoon. Just writing about it makes me want to do it all again.