I had the great pleasure of staying at Stefania and Luciano's B&B for four nights in September. By the time I left, we had become friends for life. Stefania and Luciano are not just wonderful hosts. They are extraordinary people. Upon arrival, they gave me their full and undivided attention. They immediately outlined all the major Firenze attractions on a map; gave me informational brochures on all the major galleries; and actually took me outside to show me the quickest and most direct route into the center of Firenze. They gave me restaurant recommendations, several of which came with pre-arranged, generous Al Ventaglio discounts. They even gave me a complimentary bus ticket which I never used because the B&B is only a 20 minute walk to the Duomo, Galleria Uffizi, Galleria Accademia. My room was incredibly comfortable, spacious and elegantly appointed in Florentine colors and decor. The breakfast could best be described as "all you can eat." Fresh fruit, yogurts, breads and pastries every morning. Two coffee machines are set up in the breakfast area. One for espresso, The other for cappuccino, hot chocolate, hot water for tea. For me, one of the great benefits of visiting Italy -- besides seeing the sights -- is meeting and interacting with the Italian people. Stefania and Luciano are quintessential Italians. Kind, generous, thoughtful -- most of all -- blessed with a genuine and contagious joy of life. On the day I left, not only was it was raining; the World Cycling Championship was being held in Florence, which meant only certain buses were running to the train station. Stefania & Luciano accompanied me to the correct bus stop and WAITED with me for the right bus to arrive before heading home. For a truly memorable visit to Florence, I highly recommend B&B Al Ventaglio. Cinque stelle! Five stars!
Jim -- Venice Beach, California
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are not just a hotel in Florence; the B&B Al Ventaglio is in a strategic position: it is near the town historic and monumental centre, and on the other hand it is also nearby Fiesole (5 miles), charming city of Etruscan origins with fine monuments. It is, moreover, very close to the "Artemio Franchi" Stadium and to the Fortezza da Basso. The B&B has been created in a family house: it is a new flat even if restored in respect of the early 20th century style of the palace; the are 2 wide bedrooms well-furnitured in a fine way. Each bedroom is equipped with bathroom and all the comfort services (TV-set, heating, air-conditioned and wi-fi). Included services offered by the B&B:• BREAKFAST• Flat screen TV• Tourist Information• Hairdryer• Internet Wifi• Air-conditioning and heating• Individual set of towels• Bathroom with shower in each room• Key room for your freedom and privacy. Other opportunities • Free public parking unguarded 10-minute bus ride away from the B & B.• Special discounts Restaurant • Local car park not included (cheap). ... more less