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The Black Sheep Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #131 of 649 Florence B&B and Inns
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“a hidden gem in Florence”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

We were referred by our friend who stayed there before.

As you know, it's very hard to find a decent and clean hotel in Europe.
You need to pay a lot of money to stay in a very nice place.

I really have to recommend this place. Amazing hidden gem in Florence.
no.1 it is clean.

We stayed in their master bedroom. And loved it!
It was spacious.

What made the stay special is the host, Donatello.

Charming guy and very helpful and gave us a lot of recommendations what to do in the city.

He cooked for us in the morning for breakfast.

So the whole experience it is like staying in your friend's home.

The only downside is probably, the inn is located in 3rd floor walked up apartment.
It's quite difficult for big luggage.

Usually Donatelo wil help you to carry the luggage.

I would recommend anyone to stay at this place.
Convenient location, clean, and most importantly is good value for your money compare to other expensive places

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Grimsby, Canada
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

From Donatello’s excellent communications in planning our visit to his assistance in arranging transportation to the Airport, we felt welcome. Centrally located in the heart of Florence, with easy access to all major attractions as well as the train station, The Black Sheep B&B is the perfect place to stay when visiting Florence.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

A wonderful base to explore Florence. We stayed for 3 nights in spotless and very comfortable accomodation. Located just a 5 min walk from the train staion and an easy walk to the sights, museums and galleries. We had heavy cases and although we hadnt realised the apartment was on the 3rd floor, Donatello greeted us and insisted on carrying our cases up the stairs. The apartment was exactly as the photos show and Donatello was a great host asking what time we would like breakfast ,where the most amazing organic croissants were served and also helped us by recommending where to eat and where to avoid. We would recommend this great accom to anyone visiting Florence.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Lewisville, Texas
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Black Sheep B&B was one of the top highlights of my recent trip! First of all, the location canNOT be beat--an easy 5 minute stroll from the train station, then 5-10 minutes from downtown, close to restaurants, piazzas, a post office, and a small grocery store. Everything you need is close and convenient!

Our room was great--we had 2 single beds, a big screen TV, our own fridge, and a little sitting area. It was decorated flawlessly and perfectly comfortable. There was a common living area shared between the three rooms of the B&B that had a computer, big screen TV, kitchen area and living room.

There were times during my stay in Florence, when it was hard to decide whether I wanted to be out in the city, or just stay at the B&B and soak up its atmosphere. The owners, Donatello & Francesca, were lovely people who spent 3 years renovating this Florentine apartment into a beautiful and unique B&B. The result is a gorgeous, contemporary, cozy and modern domicile with fantastic and original decor. It felt so good to curl up on the purple sofa in the common living area and watch Italian TV, using the free wifi to Skype with my friends and husband back home. It felt a lot like getting to come home for a little while after a day of sight seeing. There is a desktop computer available for use, which could be used for printing boarding passes, looking up things like train schedules without having to use the tiny screen of my iPhone all the time.

Breakfast was amazing--coffee, juice, super yummy pastries from somewhere local, cereal, yogurt, etc. We enjoyed spending time conversing with Donatello about Italy and life in general.
My aunt became ill during our trip, and Donatello kindly picked her up some cough syrup and some special foods she requested, after I texted him what was going on. He really went the extra mile for her!

I would go back to Florence just to hang out at the B&B Black Sheep! It was a true home away from home, and I will definitely plan to stay longer next time!! I can't recommend it enough!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

I found the Black Sheep on the internet and booked a room with them. It was located at an excellent area just minutes walk (literally minutes because you can probably see it from the Florence train station!) from the train station after I arrived with my wife. We lugged our stuffs over and were greeted with a very interesting room. It was a long climb though as it was on the 3/4 floor. However, Donatello has done a good job of renovating the place. It even feels like a boutique hotel rather than a B&B to us.

Donatello was a very gracious host who actually catered to our timing when we asked him to arrive a little earlier (because our day trip starts at 730am in the morning). He was very friendly and makes a good coffee! The food he prepares for breakfast is pretty much all organic and he makes it a point to cater to each of his guests. Chatting with him during breakfast was a joy also. I would recommend anyone visiting Florence to give this B&B a try. You might just discover a gem :)

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

We were a group of three travelers and we stayed in the red room. Like others have commented, the pictures look exactly like the B&B, very modern and very clean! We enjoyed Donatello so much, he was super friendly and just a cool guy. He made a wonderful breakfast with fresh pastries/jam/yogurt/fruit and excellent coffee. The room has a double and a single with plenty of room for luggage. Donatello is very knowledgeable of Florence and gives great dinner recommendations! One of the best stays we had while traveling through Italy, wish we could have stayed longer! Thanks Donatello, we got your Christmas card email! So sweet!

  • Stayed October 2011
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

My wife and I stayed here in May 2011 and loved it!! Definitely one of the coolest places we stayed on our trip to Italy/Greece. Donatello is a super cool dude! Extremely dedicated and helpful in making your stay in Florence the best it can be. Would stay here again and recommend this place to anyone. Thanks again for everything, Donatello!
-Matt & Leigh

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Black Sheep Bed and Breakfast
Address: Via della Scala 53, 50123, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #131 of 649 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
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Number of rooms: 2

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