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Gianna's Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #209 of 659 Florence B&B and Inns
Reviewed 14 August 2010

We stayed here for two nights and it was a great experience. Breakfast was very good, the place is clean, comfortable and has a very good location. We walked from and to the train station with two suitcases with no problem at all.
Jane made sure we had everything we needed for breakfast, helped us by suggesting itineraries and best times of day to visit each spot.
There's a little kitchen in the room with a fridge.
I would recommend this place.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2010

Stayed 3 nights with 2 college-aged daughters. Room is just off the entry door to Jane and her husband's home, but could come and go any time. It's 10-15 min walk from train station, but relatively quiet street at night. Room is unique---good sized with a nook kitchen, and a spiral staircase to upper 3rd bed loft and bathroom. No TV nor internet though. Jane, originally from Australia, was an attentive and very helpful owner!! She gave us a detailed insiders overview of lesser known (and often free) sites/churches/museums, and offered to procure tickets to Uffizi and The David if desired. She was very helpful! Nice simple breakfasts, tailored to our tastes by asking the evening before. Thanks Jane (and Italian husband whose name I don't recall). Bill, Bryn and Marykate.

  • Stayed: April 2010
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Reviewed 9 September 2009

My husband and I stayed this Gianna's Bed and Breakfast last week.
The location was excellent and Gianna's service was so great! All the local places that she recommended was excellent. We went to a great restaurant and organic market that opens only during the first weekend of the month per Gianna's recommendation.
We bought so many cool stuff from the market. I would definitely stay in this place again for our next trip to Florence. We were so sad that we only had one night. Loved the place a lot!!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2009

Like other reviewers, I have nothing but good things to say about Gianna's B&B. I'll focus on the aspects I liked the most:

(1) The proprietors are lovely: helpful and accommodating without being fussy. They seemed to be around when you needed them but I never felt like I was intruding. They tidied up when it was convenient for us, not for them.

(2) You get so much space for your money, and the space is cosy and comfortable -- which was brilliant because we were rained in for most of a day. I felt like a guest in a friend's house.

(3) There were wonderful, unusual touches of hospitality such as gourmet biscuits, a fruit bowl with good seasonal fruits, bookshelves with a wide variety of titles, dominoes and playing cards, mixers in the mini-fridge, and a breakfast that was catered to our requests (both in terms of when it was served and what it contained).

Nevertheless, I think it's fair to say that we loved it so much partly because we aspire to be low-impact travellers. Gianna's may not be the sort of place for a person who really wants a luxurious holiday. For example, towels and bed linens are not changed daily -- a wasteful practice anyway, but one that a lot of people seem happy to go along with. Moreover, there is neither a TV nor a radio. Gianna's is simply a brilliant example of a traditional B&B rather than a boutique hotel that masquerades as an upmarket B&B.

Gianna's is such good value that anyone with reasonable expectations ought to be more than delighted with every aspect of their stay.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2009

About a 10 min walk from the main Train station, the directions given are easy to follow. There is no lift but the stairs are wide enough for you to drag your bags up relatively easily and its only 2 flights.
Your host Jane/Gianna has been living in Florence for 28 years, but as she was from an English speaking country first, this is very useful as she is fluent in both English and Itallian. Her local knowledge is of course second to none and she is more than happy to help you out with maps, buses, guidebooks etc and restaurant reservations.
The room itself is large and lovely. The bed is on the bottom floor and the bathroom and another single bed are on the mezzanine level above, reached via a small spiral staircase in the room.
There is a small breakfast table in the room on which you may have cereal, fresh bread and jam, pastries and fresh coffee, tea and amazing Italian hot chocolate. There is a fruit bowl too which has a nice selection, and Italian biscuits all at your disposal. Juice was in the fridge, along with milk and there was a small selection of Spirits if a late night Apertif was in order.
Close by are some nice restaurants, try Capaggi (as recommended by Gianna).
Florence is all very accessable on foot, and Gianna's is not far from any of the main attractions you may want to see. The Duomo is about 5-10mins away at a strolling pace. It seemed a very safe place during the day and night.
Gianna continued to help us even after we had left as we were trying to find a place to stay in Venice, and she emailed us with suggestions.
There is no TV for those of you who want it, but if you come to Florence to watch TV...?
No Internet either, but an Internet cafe a very short walk away.

All the above for not very many Euros. The perfect place to stay, why go elsewhere? :)

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2008

Gianni's is a nice, clean, airy apartment in Florence. I stayed there with my two college aged children and we had plenty of room. There are 2 singles, then a spiral staircase to the loft with a single bed and bathroom. There is a little dining area and kitchen. Jane brought our breakfast in each morning, and had the room spotless when we returned later in the day. She really takes care of her guests as the other review mentioned. I good place to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 October 2007

Just stayed here for three days and had a perfect experience. 180 Euros for two of us, with huge breakfast. Simple but really comfortable, like having your own apartment in Florence.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with friends
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Address: Via Santa Reparata 69, 50129, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Lorenzo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #209 of 659 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range: £81 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gianna's Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gianna's is a ONE-ROOM B & B on the second floor of a 14th century building situated at the northern end of Florence's historical centre. There is NO LIFT but the 34 stairs are divided into four flights and are not steep. Gianna's B & B is close to the Academy Art gallery, St Mark's Museum, the San Lorenzo market and the Fortezza da Basso exhibition centre. The main railway station (Firenze Santa Maria Novella) is a fifteen-minute walk, the Cathedral a ten-minute walk. Gianna's B & B has only ONE ROOM. The room is on two levels and can accommodate a maximum of THREE adults: there is a single bed on the upper level and two single beds or a double bed on the lower level. The bathroom (shower, hand-basin, bidet and lavatory) is on the upper level: a shower-cap and hair-dryer are provided. There are 2 large windows,hydronic heating and an air-conditioning unit for the summer. Two armchairs, a large book case with books in Italian and English and a table with three chairs (where breakfast is served) are on the lower level as is the little kitchenette which contains a small fridge, a toaster, a sink and an electric kettle. Plates, cups, glasses, cutlery, a tea-pot and a coffee brewer are provided should you wish to prepare yourselves a snack or light meal. Coffee, yoghourt, fruit, biscuits, breakfast cereals, orange juice, water, crackers, and a selection of teas are also provided at no additional charge. A generous freshly-prepared Continental breakfast is served in your room at the time of your choice. Wifi is available in the room free of charge. Gianna's is happy to help with boookings and reservations. ... more   less 
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