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Best place to stay near Florence?

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Best place to stay near Florence?

Hello,

I am planning our honeymoon trip for September and have planned out 5 of the nights for Florence and the surrounding area. I had found what I thought was a lovely little B&B to stay in but now having read some truly horrid reviews here on Tripadvisor I don't think I can do that. However, now that I have my heart set on staying just outside of Florence I am wondering what is the best place. We are planning to rent a car and explore the countryside but also want to be able to go into the city and take in the sights. I would love any suggestions for an affordable place that would allow for this - I hear that there are many little hilltop B&Bs - I just don't know where to begin. I'm also hoping to keep it to 100 euro or less per night.

Thanks!

karen

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1. Re: Best place to stay near Florence?

Keeping it to 100 euros may be tough.

The loveliest, reasonably priced hillside pensione I know of is the Bencista, on the hillside of Fiesole, just north of the center of Florence. It is a bit more than 100 euros, but it is your honeymoon.

Take a look at http://www.bencista.com

Before you drive one foot in your rental car, make sure you know about the "ZTL" rules about driving into Florence and any other significant town in Italy.

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2. Re: Best place to stay near Florence?

Even better: don't drive into Florence at all. It is very difficult for those not used to it.

From Fiesole, you could just catch a bus into the city. If you stay in a hilltop B&B, ask your host where you could drive to catch a bus or train.

My own view is that you would do better to stay in a nearby town. To me, one of the joys of Italy is wandering around a town at night, joining the evening passegiata, and having a nice meal with some wine; without having to drive back to some isolated B&B. The town I chose was Lucca, but there are others.

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3. Re: Best place to stay near Florence?

I agree completely with SydneyNick - you definitely do not want to stay in some isolated place for the reasons she (he?) mentions.

We have stayed in Fiesole itself once (I forget the hotel name but it had parking) and it was very nice. Very pleasant memory of walking around the town one evening while everyone was indoors watching a soccer game on TV - and the roar from behind closed shutters when a goal was scored. This was in May 1989.

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4. Re: Best place to stay near Florence?

Some years ago we stayed in the Mugello, just north of Florence, from where we regularly took the train into the city. Here are a few suggestions:

www.casapalmira.it/en/struttura.php…

leduevolpi.it/eng/Mugello_Bed_and_Breakfast.…

http://www.atuscanplace.com/

http://www.villadiriboia.it/

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5. Re: Best place to stay near Florence?

puzzls,

I found this lovely bed and breakfast in the heart of tuscany. It is located in between Florence and Sienna!

I think is very romantic and they have their own vineyards and those beautiful tuscany landscapes

http://www.poggioalsorbo.it/bed-breakfast-en/

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6. Re: Best place to stay near Florence?

you can give a try to www.traveltuscany.net. they offer great discounts on selected properties and their service is also too good.

im suggesting coz i have stayed in their formhouse camilla with my family last summer.

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