We spent a leisurely seven nights in Volterra, and this small family-run hotel proved the perfect base. If you're arriving by bus from Pontedera, it's very close to the first stop, and from the hotel it's 5-10 mins stroll uphill to the medieval city (if you turn off down some steps to the right, you can go up a quieter and shadier street instead of the main road). This position a little way out of the centre was quite welcome on the 'notte bianca' during our stay. Many travellers use this hotel as a one-night stop on a car trip, and I'm sure it's fine for that, but it's also nice to settle in for longer, as Volterra has plenty to offer and you can spend the mornings sightseeing, returning for an afternoon in the garden with its endearingly small but pleasant pool, and a foray out again in the evening for a meal in one of the many good restaurants. Our room was a good size, comfortable and quiet, with a fan and very efficient air-conditioning (cools down quickly, you don’t need to have it on all the time) and a useful fridge. Wi-fi worked most of the time, but sometimes we had to visit the lobby. Breakfast was very good, a wide selection of breads, cereals, pastries, bruschette, cheese, meats... Best of all the owners are very friendly and helpful.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Antica Badia is a 5-minute walk from the centre of Volterra. It features free parking, a small swimming pool, sun terrace and a garden.Rooms are cosy and air conditioned at Antica Badia Hotel. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.The Antica Badia has a great restaurant which serves typical Tuscan dishes and local wines. Breakfast is a large sweet and savoury buffet. ... more less
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