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“Not Your Typical B&B” 4 of 5 stars
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Via Francesco Redi 3/g, 52100 Arezzo, Italy   |  
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Ranked #25 of 97 Arezzo B&B and Inns
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“Not Your Typical B&B”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

We stayed here from 1 July through 6 July, 2012. It was the perfect location for us because my wife was doing a workshop at the nearby Accademia del Arte which is a 20 walk through vineyards and olive groves.

The proprietor is Omera Mugnai. He's a very pleasant and accommodating fellow who goes out of his way to make certain that everything is satisfactory. He even gave us two bottles of local wine upon our arrival from the train station. It was a great introduction to Tuscany. We paid 280 euros for five nights, which is very good for Tuscany at the height of tourist season.

This is not a B&B where the owner lives on the premises. Omero rents out rooms in a small apartment building that he owns just outside of town. Not to fear, it is but a short walk into town. There were two rooms in our building, and ours was upstairs. It was very comfortable with all of the expected amenities -- private bathroom, very good air conditioning, cable TV (all Italian language), and a small, shared kitchen downstairs. There is no Wi-Fi. Our room faced the street, so there was a bit of road noise, but it was muted by heavy wooden shutters.

I have no serious criticisms, just a few observations. First, there is no breakfast per se. The room has an Italian style espresso maker which is too small for two people. We used the much larger one in the kitchen. (If you've never used one of these know that it is a pressure cooker device in which you place the water in the bottom tank, the ground coffee in the strainer receptacle and then screw the whole thing tightly together and place on the burner). There are some basic foodstuffs in the room, ground coffee, melba toast in plastic sleeves, crackers, cookies, jellies, jams, Nutella, and the like. These aren't the sort of things we normally eat for breakfast. We found ourselves going to the local grocery store next door and buying fruit, cheese, lunch meats and real bread. And wine. There were a number basic things the kitchen lacked -- a cutting board, a good kitchen knife, a toaster and a microwave oven. If those were added, it would make life that much better.

An added plus for those travelers who have run out of clean clothes is the laundromat next door to the grocery. I used it once. Of course, one could rinse clothes out by hand in the bathroom sink, but I was literally down to my last clean clothes and I didn't fancy the idea of hanging gobs of wet clothes from the window sills or heater. The Italians do it, but that's not for me.

Room Tip: I can only speak for upstairs room. It has one queen sized bed and a single bed. So, it could accomo...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2010

I stayed here with my girlfriend for three nights when we came to run the Arezzo half marathon. Omero made us very welcome and suggested a couple of restaurants which we tried out. We had the upstairs room which was quite spacious with a separate bathroom and toilet. We were able to prepare a simple breakfast in our room but on the level between the upstairs room and the downstairs room there is a kitchen area which can be used to prepare food. The bed and breakfast is situated in a residential area within walking distance of the old town. There are plenty of parking spaces nearby. This is excellent value for money for Tuscany.

Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

we stayed for 3 days to explore the area. Although it is slightly outside of the center we found it a good location and and easy walk to what we wanted to see. The owners were so pleasant and helpful in spite of our limited Italian we were able to get great recommendations for our day trips. Room was clean and bright as was the bathroom and kitchen. We had a great meal at Il ristorante di Mariano which is an easy walk just inside the walls. We thought this was great value for $ and will consider returning when in the area.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Francesco Redi 3/g, 52100 Arezzo, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Arezzo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Arezzo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 300 metres from the historical centre of Arezzo, is “Francesco Redi” rooms for rent. The newly constructed property offers a warm welcome and comprises tow well it and comfortable rooms, each witch is furnished with a bathroom. The carefully furnished rooms are offered to guests in either double o single-rooms. Guest have access to a well equipped kitchen, two ample terraces and a little garden.Discounts for stays of more than 3 days ... more   less 

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