I've stayed in at least half a dozen different hotels in Florence. My time at Casa di Barbano was by far the most enjoyable!
As a visitor to a bi-annual trade fair ( Pitti Immagine Filati ) held at the Fortezza da Basso Convention Center, this location was incredibly convenient-- a quick 5 minute walk away. After a morning of intense meetings I could walk back "home" to the Casa for a rejuvenating nap -- the very best cure for jet lag and a major effectiveness multiplier in my afternoon meetings.
Dietary restrictions prohibit much of Florentine cuisine for me, so I was thrilled to find a restaurant just a few blocks away from the Casa - il Vegetariano -- that met my needs with style and boundless charm. One can build a custom meal-sized salad there from the freshest ingredients for 6 Euros! Tables are shared, bringing together a diverse creative neighborhood with like minds from around the world.
Casa di Barbano is family owned and operated, which provided a unique sense of welcome and support -- it was like meeting for the first time Italian relatives and being instantly absorbed into their inner circle. I have a small business and so do they, so we had excellent discussions of mutual interest. I also saw this extended family relationship working very well for parents with children, since the primary owner/manager is a working mom with young kids in local schools.
The Casa's gracious hostess, Moraq, is also an artist and native English speaker who loves music -- it was wonderful to return after a tiring day and hear the sound of opera coming from her office.
I found the Casa very quiet -- an easy place to recover from jet lag.
For anyone attending an event at the Fortezza da Basso, Casa di Barrbano should be at the top of your list of lodgings to consider. This is also true for parents of students at the University -- a very short walk away, Casa di Barbano has an air of romance -- I did see honeymooners there, who seemed quite happy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a warm, comfortable, and friendly Bed and Breakfast located in the historic center of Florence. We enjoy hosting travelers in an economical yet charming atmosphere. Our goal is at assist guests in enjoying their visit to the special, and beautiful city of Florence, unique in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Di Barbano Hotel Florence