After having booked 4 nights in Florence but only spending one night there because of the disappointing masses of tourists and traffic (we thought we would avoid that in May)….we headed for the hills northwest of Florence without any plans. We happened to see a sign on the roadside for San Gennaro Castello Bed and Breakfast and decided to take a look. The road wound and wound up and up to the tiny village of San G. where we found the B & B and our hosts, Dario and Marie. Our room was cozy, charming, and comfortable, looking out of shuttered windows and over old tiled roofs to the panorama below. We loved the place. The only improvement we can suggest is a more comfortable mattress. Everything else was lovely. Dario, who has a long history in the hospitality industry, was full of personality…..so helpful…..the perfect host. During our stay, he and Marie served us delicious and fresh multi-course meals and locally-produced wine….whatever we wanted….or suggested good restaurants in the area. They plotted travel routes for us and just did whatever was needed for our wonderful stay. San G. is close to Lucca and not far from the coast or from the Florence area. We would happily visit again, maybe staying in one of the other properties that Dario manages in the area. Our stay at the B & B was our favorite part of a 2-week trip to the Alps and northern Italy……an unexpectedly happy find!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Gennaro Castello is an intimate bed & breakfast located on Lucca hills olive oil and wine road. The property, an olive mill dated 1600, has been recently renovated and transformed in bed and breakfast. All rooms and suites have en suite bathrooms, wifi internet access, HDTV, frigo bar, hair dryer etc. Its privileged location, Lucca 14km, Pisa 25km, Cinque Terre 60km, Florence 65km, makes it a perfect base to explore the whole Tuscany. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Gennaro Castello B&B San Gennaro Collodi, Italy - Province Of Lucca