It’s no secret that I have a lotta love for airbnb as I’ve spoken about it maaany times here. It’s a gateway to some of the most exciting and eclectic accommodation throughout the world and the apartment I found for the Florence leg of our Italy tour was a total gem.
Located outside the hustle and bustle of the city, Alessandra’s suite is tucked away within the rolling hills of the countryside and it’s BEAUTIFUL! The grounds stretch across 3 acres of land, overflowing with olive trees and flowers; I fell head over heels, it’s just lovely. With such a serene environment we were able to completely peace-out for a little while and relax after our travels in Venice and Verona.
The suite is spacious, clean and has everything you could possibly need; large and really comfortable double bed, en-suite bathroom and most importantly Wi-Fi access. Alessandra has done a great job of the interior; the really simple décor highlights the rustic Italian furniture – it’s ever so dreamy. The pièce de résistance (insert equivalent Italian phrase here) though is the floor to ceiling window view of the outdoor pool and stunning landscape. We sat there and enjoyed our coffee each morning, just soaking it all up.
In total, there are four suites on the grounds but ours was the most private with direct access to the pool. The pool is shared but as the only visitors during our stay we had it all to ourselves which was a pretty great bonus. There’s a large communal kitchen and outdoor BBQ area that sadly we didn’t have time to use but I’d have loved to spend an evening out there, cooking up a storm, enjoying a Tuscan sunset.
The ground are gated and completely private with an added bonus of on-site parking; great for our rental car as we didn’t have to worry about leaving it in the middle of nowhere.
Alessandra was really welcoming and went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed and even offered advice on things to do in the area. We wouldn’t have visited beautiful Siena had she not recommended it. She graciously provides fresh water and a variety of breakfast treats and guests are free to buy and cook as they wish.
Location: via incontri, Florence | 20 minutes from central Florence
Check In: 2pm | Check out: 11am
Price: £106 per night (3 nights minimum stay)
Transport to the city
The property is around 20 minutes’ drive to central Florence and there are two bus services nearby:
#40 bus stop is closer to the house but isn’t very frequent (one every hour).
#14 bus stop a short walk away and is every 15 minutes. Directions: turn right outside the gate, take the next left and walk along the road for approximately 10 minutes until you reach a roundabout – the stop in on the right.
To take the bus you either need a travel card with top-up credit or you can pay 2 euros to the driver who should have a set of tickets for sale.
There are no pavements, so walking around after dark is a little daunting. We took the bus into town during the day and caught a taxi home at night for around 30 euros.