Beautiful Villa Antea
Firstly, a confession. I forgot to log the location of Villa Antea into my GPS and the GPS didn't recognise the address. Big mistake.
Coming up the freeway from Rome it was twilight by the time we got to Florence, and the road signs are not clear to a foreigner who has little Italian. There are several Florence exits, but which one to take. Our choice did not lead onto a major road into Florence. We got off the freeway into a village, asked directions and ended up a mountain! Called Villa Antea who tried to work out where we were and help us back. Stopped and asked another local and went up another mountain! This was getting bad. Lost in the dark. Constantly on the phone to Villa Antea too. I had a map of Florence in my mind and knew we had to cross a big river, but had not seen one.
Eventually found the river bridge, navigated through the city, and managed to find ourselves on the one way street that Villa Antea is on, but couldn't travel that way and went round the block again. All in all took about 2 1/2 hours from the freeway to Villa Antea!
Meanwhile the staff at Villa Antea were taking our calls and waiting for us to arrive past last check in time. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP AND PATIENCE.
On arrival we were warmly greeted at the gate, and shown to our room.
We were so impressed with the room. But the bathroom was something else. I'm still undecided if it is the best or 2nd best bathroom I have ever had in any accommodation. Anywhere. Ever. And my number one feature in rating any accommodation is the bathroom. After a stressful journey that shower is the best relaxant.
Next morning we checked out our bags, but left the car at Villa Antea and walked into the city centre to see the sights and do some shopping before leaving for Milan. For us it's not far, 20 minutes or so, and the walk takes you past so many sights it is well worthwhile.
Many thanks to the owners and staff at Villa Antea for your kindness and letting us enjoy your beautiful villa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a truly Florentine stay in an authentic 18th century Florentine villa. This luxuriously appointed Villa Antea was built by my great grandparents in 1887, and my whole family has lived here until the year 2000. The villa is located in one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods, surrounded by old poplar and lime trees, a few minutes' walk from the old town. Only six rooms, not just a B&B, but a little piece of paradise from which to discover the most authentic Florence.Like a luxury hotel in Florence, Villa Antea has bright, cozy and particularly spacious rooms with very high ceilings. Each room is nicely decorated with satin fabrics and antique furniture. The bathrooms are huge, entirely decorated with Carrara marble, showers have multi-jet spray offering all the comfort and elegance of a top class hotel.The ideal choice for a romantic stay slightly outside the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Florence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Antea Hotel Florence
- Antea Hotel Florence