Fiesole means many things. On the whole it is a city that is known throughout the world, a center that contains extraordinarily beautiful artworks and unique testimonies of the ancient world, described by visitors and dear to intellectuals from various historical eras. At the same time it is a place of faith and also of a great civil tradition, a landscape of natural wealth and historicalarcheological sites, a gathering point from the Renaissance on of intellectuals and dreamers, but also a cradle of the avant-garde, and finally a contemporary center for research. A book like this was needed to tell the story of the city, starting from its grand and varied cultural heritage and touching on its more well-known and well-studied aspects, but also the rare, and the things that are dearest to the Fiesoliani themselves. Pier Francesco Listri, a scholar and connosieur of the more hidden ravines of the city (and a fiesolano for many years), illustrates here the history, traditions, points of view, works of art, events and overall life in Fiesole. Together with a photographic collection showing angles and areas that are symbolic of the territory, he retraces a long journey from the etruscan city directly to the city of today - what the city has to offer its tourists, what its delicate landscape holds, what its cultural heritage is worth and how it aims to maintain the identity of its people and places in its own way. The art of Fiesole has a history spanning three millennia, mutually intertwined with that of Florence and showing, over the centuries, an adversarial relationship between itself and the Tuscan capital that has never been resolved; this pride and feeling of being something apart is a Fiesolian trait. It is the only way, in the end, to see beyond Fiorenza.