If you don't like insects, the cold/heat , communal toilets or close neighbours, then don't choose to stay at Camping Michealangelo (or indeed any campsite in an urban area). If you enjoy unique experiences, meeting new people and the outdoors then I can most certainly recommend it.
Some friends and I stayed here for 3 nights in July, and all 3 of us were highly impressed with what we encountered (which was exactly as advertised). We stayed in a 3 person house tent which was perfectly comfortable and secure (and we had no problems with intruding animals or insects), with the luxury of a laminated wooden floor. Obviously there was no electricity, but the nearby toilets had plenty of sockets if in need. There was little space between the tents, but in all honesty, why hang around outside your tent when the whole of Florence awaits you?
The toilets weren't great, but were acceptable, and if remembering to take toilet roll from the dispenser to the toilet is too difficult then remember to buy your own. It goes without saying that the showers are best avoided at peak times (early mornings, bed times), but that's only to be expected on a communal campsite. The little cafe (which was surprisingly decently priced), complete with internet, has the loveliest view of Florence, contested only be the square a mere five minutes up the road, where the view is simply breathtaking.
With the views, of course, come a steep climb, and ascending the slopes and stairs to the campsite can leave you somewhat breathless after a hard day's sightseeing. The view on the way up is great however, and we saw turtles, frogs, bats and all manner of wildlife on the way! I am only averagely active and didn't struggle too much with the walk, but there is also the bus for the less eneregetic, although it takes quite a long route round.
The staff were friendly and informative, and its worth bearing if mind that if you're from the UK (or another country without ID cards) they require one proof of identity from each group that isn't a passport, so ensure someone brings along their driving license. What we loved most about this campsite was the sheer variety of people staying there. Alongside the hoards of European and American backpackers there were families with young children and older couples, all revelling in the atmosphere. The cafe plays out music until 12 am, so although the campsite can be a little noisy at night time, you can't begrude the great atmosphere it creates. If you are anything like we were, your sight seeing will leave you so tired out that you could sleep through anything anyway!
My friends and I found this campsite a really unique experience with a fantastic atmosphere, and thought that the price did the quality of the services justice. The unparallelled views are a huge selling point, and I would certainly recommend this site to like minded people who are looking to have fun rather than travel in the lap of luxury.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Open from 01/06 -15/09 only for tend's, camper van and motorhome are not allowed to host on this campsite ,we are now on the new area adress:viale generale dalla chiesa nr 1 florence ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plus Camping Michelangelo Hotel Florence