What a way to stay in Florence! Sitting under the arches of the al fresco dining area, and looking at Florence below, is worth whatever exorbitant price the hotel usually charges for anything. We were extraordinarily well looked after by everyone. The general manager greeted us twice, and all the staff remembered us by name. The pool area is wonderfully laid out and serviced, and the breakfast, served in a magnificent indoor dining room, is literally the garden of plenty. The only criticisms are: beds are super old, mattresses feel like planks of wood. Also, internet service is spotty, as is cell phone reception. But maybe it is all for the best, keeping in character with the hotel's monastic past. Please experience this hotel - it is a wonderfully relaxing time warp, despite some shortcomings.