When we arrived in Florence, Graziella was very gracious and offered to pick us up at a bus stop in the middle of the city. We agreed and she arrived very promptly and drove us to her house.
Upon arrival, she showed us the apartment and even offered some wine and bread which we again agreed to. We found her very kind and agreeable for offering these things to us.
Later, she again, offered for her son to drive us into the city to which we again agreed. Upon returning to the B&B we took the bus (didn't want her to be bothered by us) and had to walk a few miles back to her house. (There is a bus stop that comes nearly to the end of her driveway but the bus for this line is sporadic and we missed it.) This was no problem for us and we enjoyed the scenic walk through the Italian country side.
Upon arriving back at the B&B we were scolded by Graziella for not calling her to pick us up. We were not sure what to think at this point and then she asked us to dinner. We had already eaten and thus turned down her offer.
The next morning, her breakfast was delicious and much more diverse than many we experienced in B&Bs throughout Italy. When we asked about dinner that evening, she informed us that she was much too busy to make dinner that evening and instead drove us to a nearby restaurant. The restaurant was clearly local and we enjoyed it and enjoyed the view of Florence that it offered.
Throughout our stay at IL Poggiolo, we often noticed evidence that Graziella had entered our room while we were gone. In many B&Bs the owners do this to clean the rooms, etc... but our experiences were that the room was no cleaner than we left. On the contrary, we felt like she was snooping.
Graziella has owned her farm for 20 years. She has a beautiful location with several acres of olive trees, horses, and beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside. She presses her own organic olive oil each year and her apartment is much larger than others we experienced. She also made reservations for us at the Uffizi and Accademia museums.
However, the comments she made, the fact that she entered our room repeatedly and her odd personality made us feel on edge during our stay. We are not sensitive people but we are not sure the hospitality industry is for Graziella. (Before we left she commented that during the Summer, there are many tourists in Florence and "It is terrible!" We agreed that Florence is very busy. She then looked at us and said "It is terrible for me too!" ) We feel that her place is beautiful and is a great bargain but we don't know if we'd stay there again.
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