We stayed six nights at I Melograni in May 2011 and used it as our home away from home while we explored Florence and Tuscany. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would have no hesitation in recommending I Melograni to folks that like to stay in bed and breakfast establishments.
There are benefits to staying at a bed and breakfast that you don't receive at a hotel; interaction with other guests over breakfast, at the end of the day; recommendations from the host; and hopefully a restful place to sleep. We had all three during our stay.
It starts with a confirmation from Sue and Ricardo with directions (if you are driving) that should give you an indication of what's to come. The directions are very clear and have every landmark explained so you shouldn't miss a turn. Since our GPS couldn't really locate the b&b, these were very helpful.
The room was clean and comfortable. Good shower and air conditioning, if you request and pay for it. Breakfast on the patio was - well, you couldn't ask for a better way to start your day. Fantastic coffee, fresh juice and breads while overlooking vineyards and olive orchards. Ricardo asks each guest where they are headed that day and prepares maps, advice and recommendations. We left every day with a highlighted map and we were never disappointed by his recommendations for dining, parking and avoiding traffic.
There are two restaurants and a winery that you can walk to from the B&B. The winery makes fabulous Chianti's and the restaurants are very good, but you won't find much english spoken at them.
You don't necessarily have to have a car for your whole stay at I Melograni, the train station is about a 15 minute drive in Empoli and there are taxis or other options for getting to and from the train station. But I would recommend a car for part of your stay so you can enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.
We had a fabulous time and met really interesting people during our stay, that's what staying at b&b's is supposed to be about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four pretty rooms set on a large terrace with breathtaking views of a classic Tuscan landscape of cypress trees, vine groves and olive groves. Each room has a private en-suite bathroom. Breakfast is not included in the price.In each room there is a small fridge, a kettle, a table cloth, plates, wine glasses, cutlery, a bottle opener,tea/coffee and map of the area indicating restaurants, shops and winery. The rooms are located in the first and oldest part of an 18thC villa set in the countryside between Florence and Pisa. An ideal location for exploring Tuscany. ... more less
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