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SanGaggio House
Ranked #117 of 672 Florence B&B and Inns
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Colchester. Essex
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“A nice place,good location, hope you dont mind mosquitos!!!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We stayed at the Sangaggio house for two nights. Upon booking we expected what was advertised, "a french four poster bed" with good views. On arrival, the hostess was very welcoming and very helpful by giving us a map of Florence with recommended places to see and restaurants to eat at. We were taken to our room. Very compact, no four poster bed, the toilet (when flushed) continued to fill with water, the shower was so small that you had difficulty to bend down ad wash your legs/feet. the shower doors would fall off. The bed was not what was advertised, a standard bed not a "french style bed" comfortable would be the only positive. And, as the title says, if you can handle being subjected to multiple mosquito bites then a stay here is for you. Both my girlfriend and i were subjected to well over 10 bites. I was close to finding other accommodation as the thought of paying £100 a night to be bitten repeatedly was a real turn off. Unfortunately i was too polite to complain. But i feel others need to know how our stay went. Oh another moan, (sorry) Our room was at the front of the house so when other guests were entering or exiting the place the door would slam loud enough to wake you up and the walls were thin enough to hear other guests conversations. It was a shame as on paper this looked a lovely place to stay. Fortunately Florence itself made up for all the bad things that happened at Sangaggio.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We returned from a wonderful holiday in Florence, and our house flooded 36 hours later, hence a bit of delay in writing this review.
We stayed 15 nights at SanGaggio House, from Sept 6-20, trying to see everything in Florence, and using the city as a base from which to explore Tuscany. (I really hate packing and unpacking every day or two).
We knew that the hotel was a bit of a hike from the tourist hot spots, but since we we were staying15 nights, the calm and quiet area, and the green backyard was a lovely refuge after a full day of trekking the cobblestones in a busy city. And Flaminia could make taxis appear any time, in 3 minutes flat!
I don't need to reiterate the fabulous breakfasts in the loggia (they were), the view of the Duomo from our room (!!), the lovely, clean and tidy house, or Flaminia's delightful hospitality. But did you know she can arrange for perfect weather, too? (almost joking)...
We knew there were hills (hello, it's Tuscany!), we knew it wasn't downtown (did our homework), and knew it wasn't a "hotel"... (B&B travel suits us just fine. We are independent travellers/tourists, and don't usually need much help deciding what to see or how to find it.)
Flaminia runs a lovely little spot that we found clean, comfortable, relaxing and quiet. If you only have a couple of days, it is a bit removed from the touristy areas, but that was a plus for us.
Cheers, Sheila & Peter

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

My wife and I just stayed at the SanGaggio house for the past three nights. We were in the middle leg of our honeymoon trip throughout Italy.

For my TA friends planning a future trip to Florence, here's my rundown of the place:

First, the good ...

1) Flaminia - Our host, Flaminia, was very, very friendly and helpful. Like the other reviewers have said, she and her staff make breakfast every morning (although I certainly wouldn't use superlatives to describe it - it was the equivalent of what you might find at a good hotel in the US).

2) Location - The house is on top of a hill in an upper-middle class residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Florence. It overlooks the Boboli Gardens, and - for fans of Dan Brown out there - it's a hop, skip and jump away from where Langdon passed by, i.e. the Porta Romana is right down the hill.

Next, the not-so-good ....

1) Our Scare - We arrived on a Wednesday evening at 8pm. When our taxi dropped us off, we found a sign on the gate that read "Check in time is from 2:30 to 5:30pm. Call XXXX for after hours check in. Do not ring the door bell." Since we didn't have an international cell phone, we weren't able to make a call. We then trekked down the hill and down a dark road - with our heavy luggage in tow - looking for someone who could help us make a call. Long story short, we lucked out, but we were close to just finding another hotel.

2) WiFi - There's free wifi at the house, but it is horribly unreliable. It cuts out about every 10 minutes, and when it's on, it's slow.

3) Mosquitoes - Both my wife and I were bit at least five times each by mosquitoes. Be ready with insect repellent.

4) Privacy - As other commenters have mentioned, the walls are very thin and it's hard not to be bothered by other guests (even those who are not loud). On our last night, there was a neighbor who was playing live music (drums and singing) up until about midnight. Luckily, we'd grown accustomed to staying up late, but I can see how others would be bothered by this.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

I would like to thank Flaminia for all her help and freshly cooked breakfast every morning. The choice of breakfast yummies was numerous. My room was lovely with a nice view. I enjoyed sitting in the lounge room after a long day of walking, it was just like home. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Roseville, California
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

My wife and I stayed at the SanGaggio House for 6 days / 5 nights in mid-Sept and it was a great place. The place is big, clean and with a great breakfast. Flaminia was the perfect host and always checked on us to make sure that our needs were met. She also made the best cappuccinos around.

Flaminia was very knowledgeable about what do and see in Florence and always gave us great recommendations.

We recommend this place to anyone wanting to have a great time in Florence.

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We stayed a few nights with Flaminia and were very happy with our choice. The B&B was a little way out of the center which it is not a bad thing if you want peace and quiet. The area was residential, but Flaminia recommended 2 excellent local restaurants where the rib eye steak was well worth choosing and sharing between 2. She also booked for us the visit to the Uffizi and to Tuscany and Siena and prepared some food for us. Our room overlooked the city and we were able to enjoy the view while sipping some wine before and after our meals in the evenings. It was just delightful. Our bathroom was very small, and so was the shower!The walk to town was easy, and we took our time to walk up the hill again in the evening! It was not that bad as we chose to dine locally - cheaper and closer!
Our breakfasts, served on the terrace, were copious and the homemade pastries absolutely delicious. Thank you so much Flaminia. You are a wonderful host!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kentucky, USA
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

San Gaggio House gave us a scenic, romantic room, a thoughtfully prepared breakfast in a beautiful setting, and a great base of operation from which to start our sightseeing day. Our hostess was truly outstanding. Flaminia was professional, efficient, and informative while still being personally charming and friendly. She was available when needed yet never obtrusive. Our room was almost perfect. An extra shelf in the bedroom and a toilet paper holder in the bathroom would be welcome additions, but their absence did not detract from the room's classic ambience and fantastic view. This B&B is a solid 20 minute walk from town, but the bus stop is less than a 5 minute walk and the buses run at least every 30 minutes. We took the bus into or out of town without trouble every day for 4 days. We used an ATAF bus map to plan our route, and our Firenze Card made the ride free of charge. The short distance from the city also gave us the chance to see a more intimate portrait of day to day life. We hope to see Flaminia and stay at San Gaggio again some day!

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Property: SanGaggio House
Address: Viale Cardinal Leopoldo 62, 50124, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #117 of 672 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — SanGaggio House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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