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Historical Traveler Reviews Il Bargello B&B Florence
Having a wife who is used to staying in four star hotels, I was a little worried about booking this B&B - but I needn't have been concerned. All the information from the other reviewers is completely true. Gabriella and Massimo are perfect hosts, and their perfect B&B is in a perfect area - right in the heart of Florence. Can't fault anything about my stay here ... apart from the rain that is!
Home from Home
Just returned from Florence, our welcome from Gabriella was great. Our rooms were spotless and very comfortable and breakfast was delicious, also a great chance to meet other people. Gabriella advised us on restaurants, museums and bookings. She was brilliant. We will certainly go back and recommend this B&B to our friends.
Fantastic Stay in the Heart of Florence
You can't go wrong with this B&B. The rooms were large, clean, and wonderfully decorated. The breakfast was just what you needed to get going for the day. The best thing about his place was its location. It is right in the heart of all the places to see in Florence. It also has a great roof top terrace with views of the city. The owners were extremely helpful in making suggestions for things to see and places to eat. They certainly went above and beyond what most are probably used to for B&B's in Italy. I would without a doubt stay here again.
Above and beyond!
My son and I just got back from a 3 night stay at Il Bargello and it was wonderful! Gabriella did more than the airlines to help us locate our lost luggage. It is so helpful that she speaks English and Italian. She made reservations for us, called the car rental place several times, refered us to restaurants, and made us feel at home. The rooms are good-sized and very clean, lots of hot water in a great shower. The location is perfect in downtown Florence. It is within a block or two of all the sights. We would definitely stay here again and feel that we were coming back to visit a friend!
More than a B & B
It was November 2004 and we had our reservations at Il Bargello Bed and Breakfast in Florence, Italy. We were delighted to find our new home for the next 3 days was located in the very heart of Florence. After ringing the door bell, Gabriella called us up to the 3rd floor. From the moment we entered Gabriella and Massimo's home you could feel the comfort zone. Every room in their home radiated cozy, warm comfortable feelings. Our room was spotless and accommodating with a private bathroom.
We arrived well rested and decided to roam Florence. Gabriella had everything that we needed to start our adventure. She provided us with maps and restaurant referrals only a resident of Florence would know. We felt like we knew her for years. A sure sign of a wonderful person with an outstanding personality.
We shared deliciously unforgettable breakfasts every morning with other travelers from Italy, England and France.
Our best to Gabriella and Massimo, it was the perfect experience.
Happy Holidays new friends, for in our life there are no such things as strangers, just friends we've never met.
So long for now..... And see you again!
Mike and Josie Tokarski, Palos Hills, Illinois
Best of everything in Florence
Having never stayed in a bed and breakfast anywhere, we were not certain that this is the way we wanted to go in Italy, but I'm so glad we did. Gabriella has taken a floor of a very old building next to the Il Bargello Museum and turned it into a traveller's haven. We were so happy with our accomodations - very clean, simply but elegantly decorated. The woodwork (inlcuding old original ceiling beams) was beautiful, the draperies and bedcovers are handmade and lovely. We (two couples) enjoyed rooms that were plenty spacious and private and also had access to a great outdoor patio upstairs. We came in late some evenings and got up early in the mornings, but didn't feel like we were disturbing the other guests. Our hostess was Canadian-born, so for us Americans, it was nice to be able to have someone to talk to, and Gabriella was very good about making recommendations about sights, tours, restaurants, shopping etc., and made reservations for us, as well. One of the best things about the B&B is that although it is on a very quiet street it is located in the heart of Florence, close to all the sights we wanted to see, as well as restaurants, shopping, etc. Next time we get to Florence, we won't look for any other place to stay - we already found the best.
Fabulous little B&B in the heart of Florence
Your delightful hostess Gabriella, who I might add is multi lingual (English, Italian & French) and has the most amazing tips for getting in and around Florence runs this delightful B&B in the historic centre of 'down town' Florence. If you want somewhere cozy, clean, accessible and with a fab spread for breakfast this is the place for you! Enjoy!
Fantastic, Affordable, Clean & New B & B!
This is one of the best places we've stayed in all of Europe. Great location, 1 min walk to the Uffizi, 2 mins to cathedral, 30 second walk to great restaurants! Yet still quiet for sleeping (little or no street noise). You'll be awakened at 7 am by romantic church bells, but this only adds to the ambiance and occurs all over Florence.
The B & B is in a historic buidling from the 1500's so there are beautiful touches throughout, such as the original wood and brick ceilings, but the owners have updated everything in 2004. In fact, it's one of the few places where everything is new: the floor tiles, the paint, the art, the showers and fixtures, the sheets, etc! Rooms are quite large for Italy, beds are large and comfortable, and even though everything is new, the place still has a tasteful Italian, historic flair.
Gabrielle, the owner, is a great asset. She's Canadian, and speaks English, Italian and French. She'll help you find restaurants, museums, and even book your tickets for you. This place feels "homey" since she chats with you at breakfast and pours your tea and coffee. Croissants, cereal, museli, fruit, juice and more make up a better-than-average continental breakfast. The building is very secure and I felt safe there as a single. Balcony offers views of church steeples and romantic red rooftops as you watch the sunset. Gabrielle works hard to offer this B & B at great prices so that many people can enjoy their visit. This place was more affordable than other hotels and B & B's in Florence, but much higher quality!
Absolutely adored the Il Bargello in Florence!!
This summer, my husband and I stayed at the new Il Bargello B&B - this beautiful, clean, warm and inviting home is the best kept secret in Florence. I cannot begin to describe how wonderful Gabriella and Massimo are (the owners). It was like being at home, but with the magnificent Florence as soon as we stepped outside. Gabriella helped us with reservations, rentals, great suggestions, etc.etc. - she was one of the best things about our trip. The B&B is CLOSE to everything; walking distance to all the sites worth visiting. What more can I say? The place was impeccable, and the breakfasts delicious. Forget about the coffee and croissant you get at many other B&B's...Gabriella and Massimo served fresh fruit, yogourt, croissants, delicious coffee, etc. My husband and I strongly recommend this place - you will not be disappointed!
Excellent B&B in the heart of Florence
Staying at the B&B Il Bargello, located in the heart of downtown Florence, is like staying at a best friend's home, if not family. The owners, Gabriella and Massimo, fluently trilingual - English, French and Italian, really go out of their way to welcome their customers and make them feel at home.
The rooms are all equiped with full shower and all the amenities of home; impeccably clean.
Their breakfasts offer a wide variety of choices, sure to please various palates.
I was there for three weeks this past June into July, 2004 with my teenage son and he loved the B&B, Florence and spending time talking to Gaby and Massimo on their rooftop terrace in the evenings.