My travel companion and I stayed with Aurora at Casale Fontibucci for a week during the summer of 2007, both of us being expatriates from different countries. This was my first experience at a bed & breakfast, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Aurora was very personable, knowledgeable about the area, and gave great recommendations for sight-seeing in Florence. Additionally, the room was cozy, the breakfast always delicious, and the grounds absolutely gorgeous, including the swimming pool! There is a lot of interesting history about the house, and the area surrounding. The scenery is tops, bar none, and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough to be convenient. If you get a chance, visit The Uffizi Gallery and Boboli Gardens. There are also many beautiful cathedrals to view in town, lots of shopping, street artists, wonderful restaurants (ask Aurora about the locally-owned trattoria close by that makes their own olive oil) and don't forget to partake in local cooking classes!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casale Fontibucci was originally built as a watchtower in the Middle Ages, after which it is traditionally believed to have been home to Michelangelo's stonecutters. At present it is used for residential purposes by the owner, who has appointed a part of it to a B&B and holiday home. Casale Fontibucci has been featured, with numerous illustrations and an extensive description, in the book "The 70's House" edited by Wiley and Sons. The book describes the most important houses of the 70s; "Casale Fontibucci ... was, by repute, originally the home of Michelangelo's stonemason. The site of the house lies on a hill commanding a view down the valley of the Arno to Florence in the distance past the picturesque array of hilltop palazzi and villas in between". Casale Fontibucci is set amidst the rolling hills of Chianti Colli Fiorentini, more specifically in the area of Bagno a Ripoli. Surrounded by verdant countryside rich in spontaneous vegetation and orchards planted out with vines and olives, the Casale Fontibucci bed and breakfast offers not only the unspoilt natural beauties and characteristic peace of the gentle Tuscan landscape, but also all possible comforts to make your stay tranquil and enjoyable. Florence, just 15 kilometres away, is within easy reach by both public and private transport. Casale Fontibucci is also strategically placed for reaching the Firenze Sud motorway exit in just 20 minutes. All the major Tuscan art cities - Pisa, Volterra, Lucca, Siena and San Gimignano – and the entire Chianti area are within a radius of about one hour's car journey. The B&B is in an ideal position for guests to discover the Tuscan traditions through food & wine tours or more traditional cultural excursions. An old Tuscan farmhouse, the building has been renovated in complete respect for the characteristic Tuscan style, featuring stone walls, open-beam ceilings and terracotta floors. The spacious grounds surrounding the B&B have a swimming-pool with the gentle contours of a small lake set amidst flowering shrubs, olives and cypress trees. Open from May to September, both the pool and the sun terrace, fully equipped with parasols and loungers, command breathtaking views over Florence. Beach towels are provided for guests' use. Aurora, the owner of Casale Fontibucci, has been personally managing the property since she retired in 2004. A lover and connoisseur of Florence and its culture, she can arrange for you tourist itineraries off the beaten track and manage your bookings for exhibitions and museumsThe Casale Fontibucci B&B is in an ideal position for guests to discover Tuscan traditions through the classic cultural excursions or food & wine tours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casale Fontibucci Province Of Florence, Italy - Bagno a Ripoli