The Serristori Palace is fully renovated hotel/apartments dating back to the 19th century situated right on the banks of the Arno River , very close to the Ponte Vecchio and Pitti Palace. It's location is perfect because it's far enough from the crowds, but close enough to the centre to make it a pleasure to stroll to the centre. (about 5-10 minutes leisurely walking to the Uffuzi). We stayed in an apartment called Bargello which consisted of a lounge room with a very comfortable queen sized sofa. This room also had a table with 4 chairs and a kitchennette running along one side of the wall. There was a large batroom and a main bedroom. Best of all there were wonderful views of the river and the Ponte Vecchio from the bedroom windows. Both the rooms were spaceous with very high ceilings and charming interior. Check out their website for great pics of the interior. I would recommend this accommodation highly for families who need a bit more space than just a hotel room. Very close by, about 100 metres, there was a lovely delicatessen with all kinds of delicious hams and cheeses, so self catering was a big plus. Street car parking is available at 8 Euro per night
The views of the River and the Ponte Vecchio at daybreak and sunset are fantastic. If I was a writter, I would have loved to have sat at the desk near the massive window and look at the view for inspiration.
We spent 5 days in May 2007 in Florence. Of all the places we stayed during our three weeks traveling through France and Italy, the Flat in Florence was the most comfortable and spacious. It's located just across the bridge from the heart of Florence's attractions; it takes less than 10 minutes to walk to the Uffizzi or San Croce. With an entry hallway, large living area, bedroom with queen bed, large bathroom and a well-equipped galley kitchen, there's lots and lots of space. The living area is equipped with TV, DVD and Satellite feeds and there's a library of DVDs and paperbacks (mostly in English) available for guests to use. Less than 200 yards up the street, there's a small grocery store with most essentials. We didn't use the kitchen/cooking facilities much but it was nice having fresh fruit out, champagne (oops, Spumanti) in the fridge and a few snacks to munch on.
The best features of the Florence Flat include the quiet, the location away from the bustle of crowds but just a short walk to them, the space and the hospitality of the property manager, Andrea. He was very helpful, easy to work with and well informed about what was going on in Florence during our stay. He made great restaurant recommendations and was never more than a phone call away to answer our questions. I couldn't have asked for more in terms of service.
WARNING - the Flat has no views at all. Nothing. There are plenty of windows but they mostly open into a central and private court of the neighbors. There is one small window that opens onto a street but the street is really not worth looking at. One of the surprises we encountered in Florence is that most of the city's streets are narrow and uninviting. That just seems to be what you end up with after 100s of years of building on a very old street plan.
For some extra privacy and your own kitchen, reserve an apartment at a tourism office. Many apartments are available near the city center at reasonable prices. this is especially budget-friendly if you're in the area for more than a week.
My apartment was less than a mile from the Duomo, near the Fortezza de Basso. The landlady kept it very clean and in good shape. I requested 2 roommates (who were enrolled in the same school as myself) of the same sex and had an absolute blast. It felt like I was back in college!
Personal kitchen, private bedroom, many offer washer and clothesline for laundry.
Drawback: landlady was around a lot and sometimes a bit intrusive.
Villa Peruzzi showed the worst hospitality of any accommodation I have had in many years travel.
This inn seems much more concerned with the convenience and comfort of its owner than the guests.
The innkeeper actually asked us to leave minutes after we had checked in and unpacked because another party arrived unexpectedly and made her a better deal, offering to rent both her rooms. She refused to honor long-standing reservations for our exact room, lamely claiming to have put us in the "wrong" room. Hard for her to make a mistake when she has only two rooms. Even the rooms are misleading, being of new construction which share only one wall with the allegedly historical tower featured in the advertising.
You don't feel like a guest in this house, you feel like an intruder. Even the cat bit me.
The innkeeper did make a phone call to find us a spare bedroom in a neighbor's nice but ordinary modern house nearby, but goodbye to the supposed history, gardens, surroundings, etc. She even tried to make money on the referral.
Forget the meals, you can eat better (and much cheaper) in the autopista cafeteria ten minutes walk away.
You might be accommodated at Villa Perruzi if you are the best deal of the day for the owner, but I wouldn't risk it. Stay somewhere else.
difficult to reach
High on the hills above Florence sits the Pension Benxista.
It was built around 1300 by a famous Florentine named Bartolomeo di Niccol?, with additions made about every 100 years after that.
It was a convent belonging to the Sisters of St. Anne in 1759 for almost 150 years.
In 1925, Paolo Simoni, after buying the building from the son of Swiss painter Arnold B?cklin, opened the villa to paying guests, and today (four generations later) it's still run by the Simoni family.
The rooms vary in size and interest; many are without private bathrooms and have hot and cold running water only. My room had a private bathroom and it is very spacious.
The rooms do not have tv in them (in fact there is only one tv set in the hotel!) so you can spend more time enjoying your surroundings.
If you need to use the internet, a terminal is available and you will be billed onto your room. You just need to let the desk clerk know you want to use the internet and they will turn on the phone line for the computer. I used the computer to reserve a ticket to see the Scrovigni Chapel in Padua and the Giotto frescos inside.
The hotel restaurant is decently sized with filling meals.
At night or during the day, you can sit outside on the porch overlooking the city of Florence and have a coffee delivered to you by the waiter on duty.
In chilly weather, guests meet one another in the evening in front of a huge fireplace in the main lounge where there occasionally is a classical music recital by local musicians.
It's a 10-minute bus ride from the heart of Florence on bus #7.
above city of Florence, great views, musical recitals, elevator, historical building, friendly staff, 10 min. bus ride to city center
We stayed at Casa Nardi in Signa, about 6 km outside Florence. Our host Guiliano, although not speaking much English, couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful.
We have a lovely room with double bed and a single bed on the mezzanine for out Sammi. Breakfast consisted of a huge plate of sticky pastries, french toast and jam, juice and coffee. We paid 480 euro for 6 nights which I thought was very reasonable.
I lived in this inn for a while. It really is wonderful, and the location is wonderful as well. Family run, Albergo Patrizia is right on the Siene. Five minute walk to the train station, ten minutes to the duomo. One night here is about $60. I became very ill here one week. I hadn't paid for one week being so sick. They kept me here, and had a doctor come everyday to see me. I didn't even realize that I had not payed them! There is a simple breakfast of cereal, juice and nutella with bread in the morning.
free breakfast buffet... An Indian waiter was very helpful and can actually communicate in english with us... Near the train station SMN and the actual Sta Maria Novella church - walking distance to all the shops and restaurants.. in the corner of the street is a Gellato place - yummmy... there is also a McDOnalds near the location as well as a CHINESE restaurant in the area... wow~
4 story bldg. roomy and spacious.
For more pictures, please see my San Polo page and travelogue. You could spend a week right in this lovely valley.
We decided to rent an apartment on a farm (podere) in the nearby Chianti wine country. We discovered we could park our car in Grassina and take the bus into Florence. It worked out beautifully. Farm apartments are usually one week rentals but many are negotiable. We opted for an entire week . . . and could have stayed forever.
We took the bus into Florence three times during our week and spent the other days touring the Chianti area. Our hosts spent one day teaching us how to paint frescoes and that was a highlight of our trip. They were gracious and very talented.
[We've visited since that first trip and they have made several improvements. It is just the perfect place to stay to enjoy the Tuscan countryside, Florence and the Chianti Valley. Highly recommended.]
There are two lovely apartments, one larger, ours with one bedroom, living room, kitchen and bath. These are new apartments in a completely restored stone barn, so everything was in beautiful shape. We were greeted with a bottle of wine and later given their own olive oil and fresh eggs from their chickens.
There is a swimming pool and a large barbecue area with covered picnic area. We also had our very own outdoor eating area by the front door. The door opened to a marvelous view of the Chianti Valley and the 1000 olive trees on the farm.
It was spotless, charming and well located. I can't say enough good things about it . . . just fabulous.
(+39) 055 68 49 56 may be their mobile number if the numbers below are busy.
This small hotel is located just 300 meters from the train station (SM Novella) and just a few minutes walk from the main attractions like the "Duomo" or even “ponte vecchio”.
It is family owned, so the service is friendly. The rooms are very basic, and forget about nice things such as shower gel, etc., you get a small bar of soap and probably the worst shampoo I have ever had to use in my life. But don't give up hope, there is a supermarket just around the corner (when you get out of the Hotel, turn right and then right again and it is on the end of that street on the left-hand side).
Breakfast was included but also very basic, but once again service was very nice and friendly and if we ran out of juice or bread/croissant (please, don't even think that they are real croissants, I'm talking about miniature size, plastic wrapped ones) we would get more immediately.
There is one potential problem: it is on the third floor and the stairs seem endless. So make sure you travel light or have someone really strong with you.
We paid 55 Eur per night, which was excellent taking into account the season and the fact it is Florence. Every time we passed be the reception, there was someone calling or showing up asking for a room and it was fully booked, so plan in advance.
I would definitely stay there again
An homage to Dante Alighieri, with reference to his life and to his main work " La Divina Commedia" . Each room is dedicated to one of the characters of this masterpiece: Beatrice, Virgilio, Dante,Guido Cavalcanti, Paolo and Francesca and the beautiful Suite - the Paradise Suite , with a splendid view over the Fiesole hills. All rooms furnished in the typical florentine style are with private bath, shower or tub, hairdryer, color Tv, air conditioning Garage " Parterre" is close by in 5 minutes walking distance.
This is not a common B&B....it's a luxurous B&B!!!!.
If you want to offer you a great staying...well..this is really great!!!
I enjoyed myself so much there!!!
It's located outside Florence, opposite the 15th Century Chapter House-la Certosa-in the midst of the green tuscan countryside.
It's parte of a 15th Century Group of the buldings, once belonging to the Corbinelli family.
Being a little outside Florence, up an hill It has a great view of all the countryside around Florence.
Rooms are very clean, great breakfast, you have the parking in front of the building and, great thing, the B&B has a swimming pool that you can use even during the night!
It's wonderful swim with the moon!!! :)
( Rating from 1-10 )
Location - 8
Food - 5
Condition - 3 ( because there are lots of mosquitoes, at the last night ran out of plug in mosquito repellant )
Bed - 7
Staff - 6
The hostel is at 2nd floor, and the entrance hall to the lift looks like it has borrowed some furnitures and fixtures from Adam's family .
I never stayed here personally, but I know the place very well. Two of my best friends actually lived in this bed&breakfast for a year when they first moved to Florence. Thanks to them, I met Stefano and Assunta, a couple that restructured an old country barn and turned into a charming, comfortable, beautiful accomodation.
It is a short drive away from Florence (20 minutes) on the "Strada Statale 302 Faentina", a road that takes you right into the city from the north. You can drive straight to Florence and park for free just a fifteen minute walk away from the duomo or continue closer to the center (10 minute walk to the duomo, you can't get closer by car).
The place itself is very pleasant and kept with incredible attention to detail: you can get a great countryside experience but still decide to go to the city in the evening. The lounge in the b&b is cozy and confortable.
Stefano & Assunta are the nicest people I know in the accomodation business . They will even pick you up at Florence airport.
Prices range (I'm not sure) from 60 to 100 euros/night, depending on room size and season.
A link you can check out.
For our family of five adults we decided to rent an apartment for 2 days instead of 2 hotel rooms. This place was fantastic. There were two bedrooms, one with a queen size bed the other with another queen and a double sofa bed. There were also 2 full bathrooms and a living/dining area with kitchen facilities. I would recommend this to any and all visitors and if I'm lucky enough to return it will be the only one on my list.
Arriving in Florence via a rental car meant finding parking. The clerk at Palazzo Gambia called a local parking garage whose service included an attendent picking up and returning our car. What a pleasure.
Location, Location, Location. This 3rd floor apartment was across the street from the Duomo. Looking out our bedroom window we were so close we felt like we could touch it. As Florence is a "walking town" being located in the middle of everything was a blessing. The picture is of the Bapistry and was taken from our bedroom window. The Duomo was too close to take a picture.
The price per person is based on 5 people. In June of 2004 we paid 240 euro per night.
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