What can I say....staying here with another couple this September (2011) was just a super experience. I can only add to what the the earlier posts said about Giovanni, Paolo, Irene and the whole family being delightful, gracious and very accommodating. They are the real deal... The other treat, in addition to Giovanni's infectious smile, was being able to sample real life in the small towns of Lastra a Signa & Signa. We really enjoyed eating in the great local restaurants with the locals (not touristy, great food & better prices than Florence), & visiting the super-COOP (supermaket/dept store ubiquitous in Italia). At the same time it is an easy train ride from Florence or an easy drive from many of the sights of Tuscany. I'd recommend a car rental for at least part of the time...as many of the sights: Siena, hill towns, Pisa, and Cinque Terre are doable day trips from there. We picked up and dropped off a car in Florence. One hint- driving in the small towns - and near the B&B - is not for the faint of heart. Some very tight spaces, narrow roads and hills. And the (very brief) city driving to get/drop off car does require you to be a bit aggressive. But the tight or aggressive spots are only in a few areas, and once on the main roads it is fine...as long as you have a GPS to guide you. And if you don't have a car- no worries- they'll happily drive you to/from train stop (just 5 minutes to station, and under 20 min train ride to Florence for 1.90 Euros) and to/from local restaurants. We were 4 people and did 2 days with car and 2 without....and it worked out great.
B&B itself is delightful, very nicely decorated and in a beautiful spot with great views overlooking Florence. Overall a wonderful B&B experiences that we rank very highly - and we have had many good B&B experiences over the years. Cost is also very fair. Highly recommended...Stay here if you can!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Valdirose is a villa of the second half of '800 situated in the hills of Lastra a Signa, Florence. The villa was completely renovated in 2007. Just 18 minutes from downtown you can enjoy a 'quiet and homely atmosphere. From here you can admire the view of Florence while enjoying homemade cakes breakfast or while sipping wine from our selection. Hospitality, helpfulness and good humor have always been a source of pride of our family.We will be happy to help you discover Florence and Tuscany, taking advantage of the strategic location of our villa. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Valdirose Lastra a Signa, Province Of Florence, Italy