My Wife, Daughter and I were fortunate enough to spend 4 nights in Il Matino during mid June. As others have already stated, the establishment is nicely decorated, rooms are of a decent size and everything is spotlessly clean. The self-service breakfast was a delight, with plenty of choice such as cold meats, cheese's, bread and fantastic homemade cakes. However, what makes this B&B stand-out from others is Monica; not only is she the owner, she's also the concierge, cook and travel advisor...................her work ethnic truly put us shame!!!!
Going at a gentle walking pace, Il Matino is located approx 20 mins from the city centre.
Pisa itself is a lovely city and for us, provided a real insight into Italian food and culture. For those that can stomach heights, I'd strongly recommend climbing the tower - we purchased tickets online in advance, however, people also seemed to have no trouble purchasing tickets on the day from the nearby ticket office.
During our daily walks into the city, we stumbled across a lovely bakery (Panificio) where 5 Euros got us a bag full of breads and pastries, ideal for snacking-on during the day. On the subject of eating, other notable establishments worth a visit are the baguette cafe (next to 'Spaghetteria It Tegame') located alongside the Arno river, where a huge baguette filled with fantastic ingredients of your choice and a large bottle of the local beer will set you back approx 7 Euros. Also 'La Bottega Del Gelato' (located alongside the main bridge in the city centre) sold the most delicious ice cream at reasonable prices, especially considering it's prime location.
Pisa Centrale Train Station is a 10-15 min walk from the city centre. We used the trains twice during our trip, once to Florence (55 mins each-way) and once to Lucca (30 mins each way). Despite our initial trepidation, we found the train system both easy to use and reliable - just remember to punch your tickets in the ticket punching machine, prior to boarding!!
Needless to say, Florence was extremely busy, so our fleeting 5hr visit only provided us with a brief taster of the city..............I'm sure we will return at some point in the future and give ourselves a little more time to take in the sights. Lucca on the other hand was far more "doable" in a day and highly recommended - the view from the 'Guinigi Tower' is to die for.............if your camera has a panorama function, then this is the place to use it........360 degrees of stunning scenery.
In summary, if you are thinking of staying in Pisa, please consider Il Mattino, we wouldn't hesitate in returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "THE MORNING ... he catches the worm bed and breakfast "is housed in an old villa, just subjected to a careful and loving restoration at, located a few hundred meters from the door of the old walls crossing the Via Garibaldi, in the north-east of the city .From it, in a few minutes walk you can reach the beautiful banks of the Arno, the most important monuments and museums, the Palace of Congresses, and the two main shopping streets, a village at the Straits Course and north Italy to the south, separated from each other 'Arno and the Ponte di Mezzo, Pisa takes place in June where the ancient game. ... more less
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