I stayed at the Bella Vista for eight days in September of 2008 while on an extended tour of Europe. The beautiful hilltop location, between Pistoia and Vinci, the delicious food, both at the Bella Vista and in the neighborhood, and, most of all, the hotel staff, made this place the highlight of my tour. It was also the least expensive room of my trip! It's not without a reason that these Trip Advisor reviews all mention Giuseppi, the host at Albergo Bella Vista. He epitomizes Italian hospitality, cheerfulness and generousity.
I stayed in the front building so I had the modern glass elevator at my disposal, so my sister's disability was no problem. The breakfast buffet was the highlight of each day, fresh breads, fried eggs, wonderful proscuitto and cappucinos made to order by Giuseppi. Each morning we faced a decision, "Should we catch the early bus or eat the breakfast?" The breakfast always won!
The downside is transportation. We used the bus exclusively and the schedule is less than comprehensive, especially on Sunday. The bus stop is right in front of the hotel, which helps. We were still able to make day trips to Pistoia, Empoli, Siena, Firenze and Viareggio. We just had to be sure we got back in time to catch the last bus to San Baronto. I'll probably rent a car next time. I can't imagine returning to Toscana and not staying here. Thank You Giuseppe!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Bellavista San Baronto