Ridolfi Guest House

Via Ridolfi 4, Florence, Tuscany, 50129, Italy
Ridolfi Guest House
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Agiturismo villa with a great cook/chef for home cooked meals.

by lengleng

Hello all,
I'm looking for an agriturismo villa near Florence that provides home cooked meals.Does anyone know of any to recommend.It will be a dream come true to eat it from someones mum :-)lengleng

Re: Agiturismo villa with a great cook/chef for home cooked meals.

by Beausoleil

Hi. We enjoy staying with the Bertinis at Podere Albereto just south of Florence. It overlooks the Chianti Valley; the room is fabulous. It's a 2-bedroom apartment. You can take a cooking lesson or just request a meal. Mrs. Bertini is a marvelous cook and they are both lovely people. Fabio speaks excellent English but his wife speaks only Italian and Spanish. He will translate if you want to take a cooking lesson.


BTW, it is an easy drive from Rome to Florence (your other post) and you would enjoy the more leisurely pace and being able to stop when you like. Don't take the Autostrada; take the regular roads because they go through gorgeous towns and villages in addition to the Tuscan countryside.

Have a great trip.

Re: Agiturismo villa with a great cook/chef for home cooked meals.

by lengleng

Hi Sally,
I'm so thankful for your advise.I am going to use them and have a fab trip :-)Will let you know :-)

Re: Agiturismo villa with a great cook/chef for home cooked meals.

by Beausoleil

Hi lengleng. If you stay there, tell Fabio hello from us. A couple other VT members have stayed there and they have loved it. Bertinis are such a nice couple.

Enjoy your trip to a beautiful area of Italy.

Re: Agiturismo villa with a great cook/chef for home cooked meals.

by lengleng

Yes Sally I will certainly do that if I end up there nut at the moment we are gearing towards just a farmhouse room with a family living there so we have the experience.www.fattoriasettemerli.it
Let's hope the weather geets better as it's raining now :-(

Travel Tips for Florence

Art & history

by Agraichen

Pitti Place will provide a historical tour of the Medici and life in Florence. The magnificent art collections and the Boboli gardens provide days of enjoyment. A restaurant recommendation from the hotel Belvedere manager - Vecchia Bettola. A small local place were everyone sat together family style. We were accepted as just another "lost cousin" dropping in for a bite to eat.


by Marpessa

When traveling in a country where english is not the main language I try to make an effort to speak the local language. Italian is a beautiful language and it isn't very hard to pick up the basics. I got a phrase book and a CD, which I put on my i-Pod, to help me learn some phrases. And while I was shy about trying to speak the language at first, by the end of my 2 weeks there I was ordering meals and ice-cream (gelato) all in Italian!

So here are some helpful phrases to get you started!

Hello/Goodbye (informal): Ciao
Good Morning: Buongiorno
Good Afternoon/Evening: Buonasera
Good Night: Buonanotte
Yes/No: Si/No
Please: per favore
Thank you: grazie
That's fine: Va bene
How Are You?: Come sta?
Open/Closed: aperto/chiuso
Entrance/Exit: entrata/uscita
Where is...?: Dov'e...?

I didn't understand: non ho capito
Do you speak English?: Parla Inglese?

Visit an Erboristeria in Palazzo Vecchio

by TRimer

For those who just love natural products and herbs and all that good stuff this shop is a find. I bought some wonderful perfume.

They have a variety of soaps from violet and vitamin E, lettuce and collagen, oil of almond plus what germ plus vitamin E. Also they have shampoo with ginseng and collagen for delicate hair, wooden brushes, every kind of face cream imaginable, and a great smelling cucumber cleaning lotion.

Piano Bar

by tomhoward about The Jazz Club

This is a fantastic little venue hidden away down a small back street. Hidden so well infact, it makes you wonder if they actually want you to find it.
Basically a 3 room smokey basement. First room is a bar, before the club opens out a little into a larger live music area with tables. There was a female vocalist and pianist (surprise uh?) on the night we went and it was very, very good... even if I don't know anything about jazz. Live music was broken up with tracks from Jamiroquai etc.
Downside to this place is that you have to purchase a "membership card" to enter for about 5 euros but its well worth it. Even with the waitress service, the drinks were still quite cheap compared to other places.

Check opening times first since even when this place is open, it's very easy to walk straight past it. (You're looking for a small glass door at the end of the back street - the only give-away is a small sticker with information about opening times) None, but when you see the toilets you'll probably realise why.

The BEST pizza we had

by marie&ariel about don't know? someone please help!

I am posting a picture of the piazza where the bar was located. You see all the leather stores on the left of my picture and the pizza place is to the right. We sat outside and even though they kitchen was closed, they served us pizza and it was the BEST pizza we had in Italy.
If you know of the name of this place, please let me know! Would love to post it for others to miss out!


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