Residenza Il Villino
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... neglect, but as we got off the escalator at the second level, our jaws dropped to the floor.
The layout is amazing, with two-dozen, contemporary-styled food boutiques offering everything from seafood and pasta dishes, to wine, cheese, bread, chocolate and gelato. There is even a cooking school offering classes to the public! After making several circuits around the court, we decided to try La Pizzeria, where there was a small queue waiting for the ...
... the church we went to the Boboli Gardens. Spring has come and everything is blooming. I was overwhelmed by the myriad of colors and sweet scents that graced my senses. There were vibrant pinks and purples, pure whites, light greens, a touch of yellow. It seemed like we had stumbled upon an Autumn which traded its reds and browns for pinks and purples. After stopping for a quick lunch we went to the Uffizi Museum. Gabriele and Chiara got ...
... give him the commission to sculpt David from the 6 ton block of marble that they had acquired. He was 29 when he finished it and it is what he is now renowned for. Goliath did a "no-show"....this is David on his own, naked as is so often the case in Renaissance art, holding a slingshot over his shoulder. Mark said it was incredible and that Michelangelo had intended it as the moment between David deciding to fight Goliath and actually slaying him.....tense and ...
... out my first day outfit of course--looking forward to my early morning.
Then my 7am alarm went off and I wasn't as excited. Our power has been going on and off at random times for about three minutes and it did so again while I was in the shower; just wracking up the experiences! Italians buy their energy from somewhere else (the country doesn't produce it) so they're extremely conscientious about energy use, and fuses are blown ...
... stripes (somewhat enhanced during the nineteenth century) as a tacky mishmash of styles, but I think if you come at it as a building rather than something representing a particular era you couldn't help but be impressed. The doors on the baptistery nearby are interesting because they demonstrate an early use of perspective, one book we read says that you can see the start of the renaissance in those doors by Ghiberti, which da Vinci is said to have described as ...
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I loved it.
My wife and I spent 3 days here this June (2004), and I thought this hotel was great. The location was a little out of the way, especially coming from the train station, but it was still very close to the Duomo.
The rooms were clean, with new furniture and bathrooms. Our room, unfortunately, was the smallest (and it was small) - but the others looked much larger.
Breakfast was good (the coffee was good too) and the service was great.
I would definately recommend this to anyone travelling to Florence. Just watch out for the mosquitos.
My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon in May 2004. We had a very pleasant stay at the Residenza il Villino. Overall, the location was fine (a little bit of a walk to most destinations, but fewer hordes of tourists around our area). The owners, Sergio and his wife, were extremely gracious and helped us book some excursions outside of Florence. They also got us a room with a cute balcony overlooking the central courtyard when we mentioned that we were coming to Florence for our honeymoon. The only complaint about the place are the crazy mosquitoes. It's too bad you couldn't leave the windows and balcony open at night since the mosquitoes would have you for a midnight snack otherwise. After the first night (I counted 10 bug bites in the morning), I had to use the insect repellent I brought along and do a nightly "mosquito inspection and extermination" before going to bed. But other than the mosquitoes, I really enjoyted staying here and it is a great value!
This is a great find in Florence. It's a little off the beaten path, but the two block walk to the Duomo or the Piazza San Marco is nothing. The rooms are spacious, clean, charming, and newly renovated. All rooms with the exception of the quad look out on a quiet courtyard. We were travelling with two small children and enjoyed the quad with its two large rooms. We had other family members staying at Il Villino at the same time and they had rooms on the upper floors with views of the Duomo or their own private balcony overlooking the courtyard. The breakfast is adequate. Perhaps the best part was the personal service provided by Sergio and his family. We were greeted warmly and Sergio provided all kinds of very helpful suggestions regarding sights, transportation, and good eating. Would definitely choose il Villino again.
We enjoyed our three night stay at Il Villino very much. We have been in Florence 4 or 5 times and have stayed at different places throughout the city. I wasn't sure what to expect when we arrived but Sergio was waiting for us and immediately made us feel at home. I believe the buildng is an old Florentine Residence, with some of the rooms now offered to guests. Ours was #44, on the top floor, with a great view of the Duomo. The ceiling was exposed wood beams while the floor was tiled. We had in room TV, minibar and A/C. The A/C wasn't turned on until we requested it. We were actually more comfortable with the windows open during the night. The birds chirping nearby woke me in the morning and I closed the windows and went back to sleep. I thought we would be a little far from everything, but the ten minute walk to the Duomo wasn't a problem at all. The facility is actually close to the Piazza della SS Annuziata. Other than a tight shower stall we had no complaints whatsoever. Sergio and his wife make staying here a pleasure.
Super Value In Florence
We stayed at Il Villino between May 16-20, 2004. Sergio and Elizabeth are wonderful hosts and the property is full of charm. This is a great location for tourists looking to get away from the hustle of the historic center and still be close to everything. Once you exit the street and come inside the property, you find yourself in a quiet oasis. The courtyard is a very nice place to eat a pannini and drink some wine.
We left the windows open at night and had a brief battle with the mosquitos (who are a bit smarter and quicker than their American counterparts). I would recommend that Sergio consider putting screens on the windows to keep the flying critters out. At 120 euros a night, this place is a huge value.
Breakfasts were ample and tasty. I would stay here again.
Great owners, Great location
The owners were so helpful and pleasant to deal with. They booked side trips and museum reservations for us. The location is excellent, very close to the Duomo (I would not want to stay in the market train station area). The room is very spacious and you can enjoy your continental breakfast in a beautiful coutyard if you desire.
The breakfast is made up of cereal,buns,croissants,yogurt,coffee, ham and processed cheese. There is a mini-bar in your room and the the products are sold with very little mark up.
Traffic noise did not penetrate into our room but if you are on the ground floor you can hear guests move around when they come home at night. The cost was 120 Euro per night. We would definitely stay at the Il Viliono again.
Nice and Cozy
I saw the review about this hotel here, but by the price I thought that it woud be just another tight bed and breakfast hotel.
It really surprised me and my husband in our honeymoon.
The bedrooms are big, clean and comfortable. We loved it!
Wonderful Bed & Breakfast in Florence
I highly recommend Il Villino. It is a charming bed & breakfast in the heart of Florence. Sergio and his wife couldn't be more charming or accomodating. Be sure to request a room overlooking the lovely patio. It is a great value for Florence and a place that I will definitely visit again.
Charming Florence B&B
We also had a wonderful stay at Il Villino, which offers very comfortable, elegant, air-conditioned rooms in a beautiful palazzo. Our room had a modern tiled bathroom and an adorable balcony with table & chairs. Service was also excellent -- friendly, helpful -- and the value is great too; we paid 90 Euros/night through the Florenceby website.
Loved Il Villino
We booked a room at Il Villino through FlorenceBy not really knowing what to expect, and we were very impressed. This bed and breakfast was excellent, and certainly the best place that we stayed while travelling in Italy and Spain. Il Villino's staff were friendly and helpful, and the breakfast they served was lovely. Our room was on the ground floor, and our window opened out to the little courtyard. The pictures of this place didn't do it justice; the courtyard is very picturesque, and the room we had was great. The ceilings were the traditional wooden-beamed variety, the furnishings were all charming, and the bathroom was sleek and modern with new fixtures. We highly recommend this bed and breakfast - at 120 euro a night, we thought it was a great deal.