Having returned from a tour through Tuscany, while based in beautiful Florence, I would like to share some details with the minube community to complete the information about this area that so many minubers have shared stories about. I'll start with the hotel, which was a pleasant surprise: The Hotel Palazzo Ruspoli is right in the historic center of Florence just 20 meters from the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, which can be seen from the hotel. The hotel's central location is conducive to walking to the main Florentine museums and monuments. Because it only offers breakfast, I thought this hotel operated more like a bed and breakfast. The concierge is only staffed from 8:00 until 11:00 in the morning, and from 14:00 to 18:30 in the evening. The rest of the time the hotel works like a flat; in fact, they give you the keys to the front entrance for you to open the door if you arrive outside the concierge's hours and they refer you to the Hotel Brunelleschi, which is nearby in case you have a problem. This didn't cause any problems for me, on the contrary, the site was very quiet despite being in the heart of the city. The hotel staff, the little I came in contact with him, was very polite and very friendly and the breakfast buffet was substantial. It is a charming hotel, very cozy, and ideal for couples. As for the price, I paid 79 euros per night (breakfast included)for a double room in March. I highly recommended this hotel, I would visit again.
The Fattoria Settemerli (Florence) is a historic Tuscan farmhouse with horse stables and is surrounded by gardens, olive groves and vinyards. The 14th-century farmhouse provides typical Tuscan accommodation. There is a restaurant that serves traditional Tuscan dishes and Chianti wines. Everyday breakfast is served with homemade products of the area. There are 5 bedrooms.
Soggiorno Pitti is a guesthouse opposite the Palazzo Pitti on the third floor of an old Tuscan building, where you can find other guesthouses. It is very well-located, and all the city's sights can be reached on foot. The Ponte Vecchio is just five minutes away. It's affordable - about 25 euros per person per day, but a bit more expensive at the weekend. There are some areas for watching TV, and the staff are very nice. Some rooms have views of the Palazzo while others overlook an interior courtyard. Each room is different and, although ours was inadequate in terms of decor (just look at the pictures with the combination of pink and blue), the bathroom was new and the shower had great water pressure. The bed was very comfortable despite having rather dirty bedspreads. One thing to keep in mind is that the price does not include towels, so you have to bring them from home or pay a small surcharge. Breakfast isn't included, but it's not difficult to find great places for breakfast nearby and even supermarkets. Next door, there is a café that closes late.