While planning a 2 week trip throughout Italy, we stumbled upon Claudio's lovely home and were lucky to get a reservation for 3 nights. If the reviews didn't sell us, Claudio's video about the property was enough to seal the deal.
The house is a 700 year old mill, a true piece of history - 25 minutes from downtown Florence by a very convenient bus and 10 minutes by car from the ruins of Fiesole (and an incredible view of Florence).
There is something very serene about the property that is likely a combination of the decor, the very vocal house cat, the ever so sweet St Bernard that guards the house, and Claudio's whistling as he goes about tending to his guests.
Breakfast was amazing. Different every morning, and always included hot food - which is not typical of a European breakfast.
There is not much around the property if you want to hang close. The restaurant down the street was so good that we ate there 3 nights in a row. The service was also great.
Back to the property - we stayed in a room with a shared bathroom, which wasn't an issue at all. We had all of necessary items to make our stay comfortable. Claudio even let us do laundry, which was very appreciated.
I hesitated before writing this review - I would love for this B&B to remain a secret so that we can re-book when we return to Italy.
Simply lovely. Our time at Martellina was definitely a highlight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Romantic Ancient 13th century mill, with charming garden on the river, Florence lies less than 5 Km away. Private parking. The bus stop within 200 meters for the center of Florence. Bikes available. Only the background murmur of the river you whisper in the ears! Located near a small village is completely surrounded by green countryside. A lovely outdoor garden and a hearty breakfast awaits you in the morning and you will spend a pleasant stay with family. The B & B can be both an ideal base to visit Florence or a starting point for hiking or walking and cycling in the Florentine countryside.The garden is a pleasant break after a day visiting monuments and museums. A few hundred meters guests have at their disposal, without having to use a car, an excellent restaurant, bar, pharmacy and various other shops, in addition to the movies. Availability of bicycles for walks or to Florence on the beautiful bike path on the banks of the Arno. The bus stop within 200 meters will allow you to reach the center of Florence, with departures every 15 minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bed And Breakfast La Martellina Fiesole, Province Of Florence, Italy