The Hotel Villa Cappugi is on the outskirts of the town of Pistoia. It is a little bit too far to walk into the heart of the old town from the hotel.
Our room was a deluxe family room and consisted of a double bed, chaise longue and camp bed for us and our two children. All the bedding was clean, in good condition and there was daily room service. There was a TV with one free English speaking news channel, and a fridge. The bathroom was well stocked with toiletries and towels, which were changed daily if you wanted. We were each given a large towel for use by the pool, if you want these changed there is a 3 euro charge.
Breakfast was served daily between 730-1030am. it was a large buffet consisting of cereals, pastries, fruit, yogurts, scrambled eggs and bacon, toast etc etc. A perfectly good meal to start the day.
The pool is open from about 10am until 730pm. There is an attendant on duty all the time who is happy to ensure everyone gets a sun lounger. There is a snack bar serving water melon, pastries and icecream near the pool area. The pool itself was too chilly for me, but my children splashed and swam most days in it.
Unfortunately we arrived in Italy on August 15th which we discovered was the National holiday of Ferragosto. Everything was shut! Every single restaurant in the town, every garage, every shop. Absolutely everything, so we had to eat at the hotel restaurant the first night. It seems that many shops and restaurants decided to have a vacation for the ensuing week, so most remained closed during our stay. This meant that there was limited choice of places to eat in Pistoia and the town had a rather shut up neglected feel. I'd avoid visiting in the last two weeks of August.
There are good road links to the cities of Pisa and Florence. We drove approx. 30 minutes to Florence and parked in the free car park at the tram station Villa Costanza where we caught the T1 line straight into the city of Florence for 2.40 euros return each. it was a pleasant 30 minute tram ride. Beware of driving into any Italian city as they all seem to have ZTL (Limited Traffic Zones where you incur a 100 euro fine for entering in your car without a permit).
We had a lovely day out driving south to visit San Gimignano and Volterra. Both beautiful fortified towns, very lively and all the restaurants were open! The drive was wonderful through the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
Pistoia Zoo is close to the hotel and you get a 10% discount for the zoo.
We had a relaxing holiday and couldn't fault the hotel. The town of Pistoia was very disappointing due to Ferragosto, but probably has a very different feel to it at other times of year.
I would happily stay at the Villa Cappugi again.
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