“Intimate B&B and family apartments bang in the heart of Florence, run by a friendly Italian couple”
Spread over 3 levels (second, third and fourth floors) are a dozen or so bedrooms and apartments, sleeping from 2 to 5. All of them feature simple, unpretentious good design and excellent bathrooms. Most have varnished floorboards (a few have carpets), tall windows with translucent day-drapes and blackout curtains, and an artistic touch here and there: a patch of restored fresco, a mosaic on the floor, some funky blue-glass panes.
They are pleasingly equipped, with air-con, good cupboard space, free WiFi and, in the deluxe rooms, a flatscreen TV artfully placed on a wooden easel - which we rather liked. The apartments also have CD / radio and kitchenette. Most bathrooms have shower cubicles or mosaic wetrooms, twin basins, heated towel rail and brushed steel fittings.
When booking you should specify if you want a room with a wonderful view of the piazza (these rooms are slightly larger and more elegant) or a rear-facing one (slightly quieter and cheaper). If one of the 2 high-ceilinged deluxe rooms is available, we really think it's worth the small supplement. You can try requesting particular rooms, but all the rooms have their own charm, so don’t worry too much. For the apartments, you can specify Giulio (best for a couple alone), Umberto (best for a couple with one or two children) or Matteo (best for a couple with one older child).
The only meal that is served in the guesthouse is breakfast. It's a generous spread of charcuterie, cheeses, fruit, croissants / rolls, jam, tea, coffee and fresh juices (a zingy blood-orange juice when I stayed), plus eggs to order. You can have it in your bedroom, or in the main reception room, at a long polished table along with other guests - a lovely sociable start to the day.
For lunch and dinner there’s a growing choice of excellent restaurants in Florence, serving everything from authentic Tuscan fare (e.g. the legendary and highly sociable I Latini) through new-generation ‘cucina Toscana rivisitata’ (e.g. Garbo) to the new-in-2012 Gucci café, attached to the museum. But there are also some horrible tourist dives with Japanese menus, dry pizzas and limp chips – ask staff for the latest intelligence, or consult our city guide.
The upstairs flats are perfect for families with one or two children of any age – though you should remember that sofa-beds are often rather short for fully-grown kids, while the loft in Umberto has very little headroom and steep stairs. Extra beds are available for a supplement.
Extra Beds Available