For our honeymoon in Italy, we traveled around the north spending a few days in each of Bologna, Cinque Terre, Florence and Rome.
Florence was the middle of our 10day trip, so we were keen that it was a bit more relaxing and removed from the city slightly.
We stumbled upon Hotel Certaldo on hotels.com; and what a gem of a find!
We knew nothing about Certaldo, but the hotel looked beautiful and in relaxing surroundings less than an hour from Florence.
On arrival in Certaldo, we were disappointed the hotel had no restaurant, since there didn't seem to be anywhere to eat in the town other than cafés.
However, the staff provided a map and made a dinner reservation for us at a recommended restaurant in the 'old town'. We had to take a cable car up to the medieval town, where the restaurant overlooked terraced vineyards in the most beautiful buildings. The best meal we ate during our 10 days!
The staff at Hotel Certaldo were superbly helpful, making local Tuscan wine recommendations for us each night to drink by the pool or in our hotel room. They provided by far the best service during our trip.
The hotel is very close to Certaldo train station, and only 50mins from Florence. The old town and restaurants etc are only 10 mins walk from the hotel-including cable car.
A Tuscan gem, can't recommend highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Certaldo was born from the renovation of an old watermill of 1500 AD, built upon the Elsa river. It visibly retains many elements of style and architecture of the old flour mill. The mill is today an elegant and comfortable 4 stars Hotel placed in the heart of Tuscany, in the Chianti region. It is a place where tradition has positively evolved to an ambient with all comforts, and offers a happy mix of emotions and situations. The beautiful medieval town of Certaldo Alto is only minutes away by feet. From our hotel you can easily reach for daily visits to San Gimignano, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Lucca and the Chianti. Our Hotel is the perfect place for a holiday made of pleasure, fun, relax and culture. The structure has many comforts: a big garden 500 sm, an always open fitness room, outdoor pool, solarium, private outdoor parking, a meeting lounge with video projector and maxi video and internet connextion, reading hall, internet point, lift, laundry service (on demand), a bar lounge and rich American buffet breakfast from 7.30 to 10.00. Rooms are cozy and elegant and have all modern comforts: TV sat Lcd, internet wireless connextion (on demand) both in the rooms and in all structure, air condition/heating, telephone, hair dryer, towels, safe, insonorization, ensuite bath with shower or bathtub, minibar, baycoats (on demand), added bed (on demand), wheelchair access. Animals are not allowed. Our structure has a polyglot reception open 24 hours and our staff will be glad to suggest tours in the surrounding area, guided tours in the Tuscan art cities, visits by farmhouses and wine cellars, wine and olive oil tastings, cooking lessons, riding etc... ... more less
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