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“They made our wedding Perfect!” 5 of 5 stars
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La Sorgente di Francesca
Via di Montetrini 34/37, 50065 Pontassieve, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Pontassieve B&B and Inns
Arlington, Virginia
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“They made our wedding Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2011

We rented the entire property at La Sorgente di Francesca to have our close friends and family with us for our wedding. With the help of a wedding planner (Helga of weddingsitaly.com) we were lucky enough to find this gem and immediately I fell in love with the photos. I did get jitters on the way, hoping that it was all it seemed to be - and I was shocked to find that it was more than I could have dreamed.

The hosts, Monica, Massimo, and Francesca, are all wonderful and so accommodating. They helped to pick all of us up at the nearby train station no matter what time each person arrived. Everyone was coming from all over, so the arrivals were staggered. The rooms are all beautifully decorated, cozy, and spacious. The common areas are lovely, and large, and the views are stunning. There are several outdoor areas to sit and enjoy the views as well as a beautiful inground pool. Everything was clean, and comfortable. Each day we had breakfast served buffet style with coffee/tea to order. The selection at breakfast included fresh cheeses and meat, home-made croissants (that I still get cravings for), juice, jams, yogurt, and breads. Many nights we chose to order dinner for at least some of our group, and at 20 euros per person for a three course, home made Tuscan meal it was well worth it. We were never hungry. Some of the selections included a wonderful risotto, wood-fired pizzas, barbecued ribs, and more. Francesca is a wonderful chef. They were even able to easily cater to our vegetarian and gluten-free guests.

The day of our wedding was fantastic. We had worked out the menu in advance, and it was some of the most wonderful food I have eaten. Everything was done perfectly, they kept the wine flowing, had a beautiful cake, and made our day exactly what we wanted it to be.

There was much to do in the area, and again our hosts helped by transporting us to the train station when we wanted. Hiking right from the villa is easy, bicycle rentals are available, and there is another wonderful restaurant in walking distance.

We will be returning in the near future to relive some memories and to reunite with the staff who become close friends.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely.
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  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 October 20, 2009

This bed and breakfast offers stunning spacious rooms, overlooking the beautiful countryside of Pontassieve.
Staff are very helpful and kind
I am so glad I chose to spend my days surrounding my Tuscan wedding in this amazing place. Will definitely be back for an anniversary!!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2009

We just returned from a week-long stay at La Sorgente di Francesca. We couldn't have found a more beautiful spot, more lovely accomodations, or better hosts. Located in Pontassieve, not far from Fiesole and Florence, La Sorgente is nestled on a hilltop surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and absolutely gorgeous views of the Tuscan countryside. Monica and Massimo, a lovely young couple, are the consummate hosts. With the help of their friend who is a chef, they provide delicious gourmet meals created from ingredients grown on their farm, from wine to olive oil, to fresh vegetables from the garden. Even the water is pumped in from a freshwater spring on a neighboring hill! (Hence the name, "Sorgente") The rooms are boutique-style and gorgeous, there are large common rooms, a pool built into the hillside. Smells of lavendar and rosemary fill the air - to us it was like heaven! On top of it all, the prices are quite reasonable. Good alternative to a villa. A gem, and we think a well-kept secret - but maybe not for long!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via di Montetrini 34/37, 50065 Pontassieve, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Pontassieve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Pontassieve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Sorgente di Francesca bed and breakfast is a small borgo located in the gentle hills of the ancient village of Fiesole, just a few km from Florence and from its artistic and architectonic beauties.Il Borgo is composed by an ancient farmhouse with tower dated back to 1400, and by an elegant Villa whose basic structure maybe always dated back to the XV° century. In the farmyard in front of the farmhouse there are other two ancient buildings in stone where are Alexandra B&B and Monica B&B. Each B&B has a private outside area on the farmyard with umbrellas, tables and chairs.The entire estate has just been completely restored. A conservative restoration where the using of new materials has been reduced as far as we could, trying to recover the original features built hundred years ago. A conservative restoration linked to the most modern technologies to give our guests the possibility to live a piece of history with all the comfort of our times.The interiors of the bed and breakfast have been furnished with particular care combining ancient furnishings and accessories perfectly restored by old and experienced artisans with modern elements of fine design as the lights and lamps of the famous Terzani collection.From each part of the bed and breakfast, as much from the apartments as from the halls and the rooms you may enjoy a breathtaking view on the Tuscan hills. A magic place, where silence and tranquillity are just broken from the rumors of animals and from the dives of our guests into the beautiful swimming pool located just a few steps from the bed and breakfast.La Sorgente di Francesca also has 3 beautifully renovated holiday apartments in a perfect traditional Tuscan style. All apartments are located in ancient stone buildings adjacent to the farmhouse. La Sorgente di Francesca apartments may accommodate from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 6 guests. ... more   less 
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