Pensione Bencista

Address: Via Benedetto da Maiano, 4, Fiesole, Tuscany, 50014, Italy | 3 star hotel
 
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Pensione Bencista Fiesole

    Favorite place ever

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    I have traveled all over Europe and I have never

    stayed anywhere I loved more than the

    Pensione Bencista in Fiesole. It is utter perfection.

    Full of joy, beauty, warmth, superb food, and

    exquisite taste every place you turn -- There is a

    simple elegance to the place that is almost

    impossible to find anyplace else in the modern

    world. I went to see Florence and its surroundings,

    but I would have been happy to spend the whole

    day, every day, at the Bencista. If you are

    a crass and tasteless American, who has to

    have tv, loud music everywhere, and excess

    dripping from every corner, please spare the

    other guests by looking elsewhere.

    Unique, beautiful, and good prices

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    A beautiful 14th century Villa, with a commanding view of Florence. A member of the Simone family is always in attendence to assist their guests. A great buffet breakfast is served complete with juice, hard and soft boiled eggs, rolls. fruit, cerials and cold meats. Three course dinner of Tuscan home cooking, with great soups, pasta and full entre with fresh vegetables and daily menu change. Homemade deserts, fresh fruit and cheese to finish a great meal. The guests are served at tables covered with white linen in a beautiful dinning room with high celling, 18th centruy paintings and a breath taking view of Florence. I have stayed at the Pensione for 5 years, It is always a delight.

    Out of this world

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    A place which connects me to the feel, flair and atmosphere of the old world. The people, place and food are unique and made my stay a long lasting great memory.

    If you love the Hilton, KFC, TV and Conference Calls don't go.

    A great base from which to explore the region by car and enjoy the beauty of Florence and its neighbourhood.

    Want to go back

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    Spent 4 nights and 3 1/2 days. What a beautiful place! It's away from the night life of Florence, which was great for our group of "mature" individuals. The view is spectacular and the ambiance is wonderful, with a staff that can't be beat. However, if you are looking for five star food, look elsewhere. The meals are basic and family oriented, with fresh fruit and vegetables -- the soups are to die for.

    When we opened The shudders in the first morning we were in aaaaawe!

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    Nestled on the hills outside Firenza with a beautiful view. Miss the dolce for dinner get a second chance in the morning. Home cooking each night. It was all good.

    A wonderful place!!

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    My husband, daugther and I stayed here for 4 nights - it was a wonderful place to come to after a busy hot day in Florence; a nice place for families. Bus service into Florence was easy. The staff were all warm and accomodating, the view fantastic, and the room spacious and decorated in simple Tuscan style. Loved the food. The price was VERY reasonable given that it included breakfast and dinner. Quiet at night. The only downside is that there is no air conditioning. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.

    Loved it & will return again and again

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    The location, the price and the family that runs the Bencista Pensione is wonderful!! The staff goes out of their way to make every guest comfortable. The cooking is wonderful and the view of Florence, especially in the evening is unforgettable. The guests that I met during my stay (7 days) had been returning to the Bencista for 7, 14 & 15 years. I will also be returning. The city bus runs frequently and very inexpensive to use. No car is needed in Florence. For a change, the charming village of Fiesole is a nice one mile walk. Fiesole has an exhibit of Etruscan and Roman ruins, a monastery, restaurants, shops, etc.

    Pensione Bencista is a treasure

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    We have been staying at the Bencista for years and it has become my favorite hotel. It is the perfect spot if you wish to be above the noise and pollution of Florence. Since it is only a few paces from a stop on the #7 bus line it is still a quick trip down into town. Upon arrival you'll probably have to step over the dog that's sleeping on the doorstep, this only adds to the charm. This pensione can best be described as "simple". Spotless rooms with red tile floors, whitewashed walls and timber ceilings. No TV, just the silence of the hills, punctuated by birds and the bells from village churches. If you're lucky the students at the conservatory down the hill will be practicing with windows open. Breakfast and Dinner are included. Breakfast is fine, dinner could use a major upgrade but is OK. We always plan on eating out for several meals to break the monotony. After dinner grab a drink from the tiny bar and head to one of the several small drawing rooms. But, the real treat here is the view from the terrace. A million dollar view, plan on spending your siesta time on the terrace with a drink and good book. When booking, be sure to ask for a room with a view of Florence. The only quibble, rapidly escalating prices.

    Wish we could have dined on the view!

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    What lovely rooms, what a terrific view, what horrible food! My husband and I arrived at Pensione Bencista on our last day in Italy. After eating one fantastic meal after the next on our 10 day trip, we were looking forward to a special meal for our last night. What a surprise to find dining hall food consisting of overcooked pasta, brown lettuce, cooked carrots (how Italian!), dried-out 3-meat kabobs, stale strudel and unwashed, unripe fruit. Needless to say, we went to bed hungry. If you can afford to stay at this pensione, pay for the REQUIRED meals (dinner & breakfast) and eat someplace else, do it. If not, I recommend you find another place to stay!

    Great vieww

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    Terrific view, convenient location.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Pensione Bencista Fiesole

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding
     

    Travel Blogs from Fiesole

    Artist Dream Day

    A travel blog entry by brendasjoy on Oct 02, 2013

    2 comments, 7 photos

    I risked life and limb walking up the narrow road to the town of Fiesole; it is a narrow winding road, and the Italians drive fast. I visited the Roman and Etruscan ruins there; an amphitheater, baths, and temple. After seeing the museum I went looking for an out of the way, '"authentic" place for lunch. But I got too hungry, and ended up at a funny pasticceria. ...

    Slow Sunday

    A travel blog entry by vannstravel on Sep 15, 2013

    6 photos

    ... as scheduled, we waved and back to our little nest we went. We heard from them that they had a good trip, arrived on time and found their hotel without any trouble. We took a nap! No first we walked over to the Santo Spirito Piazza for their artisanal food market. Lots of great cheese, bread and oils. We bought some pesto for the gnocchi we plan to buy tomorrow...then we took a nap! Caffe and cookies out on ...

    Piece of Tuscany

    A travel blog entry by camomile on May 19, 2013

    7 photos

    ... discussed about past trip's days and enjoyed vine and cheese! Were pretty tired so saved our energy for the next day!
    Woke up early, bumped our heads to ceilings uncountable times, as it was really low. Well, the apartment actually was attic, so not a big surprise, happily not many injuries appeared haha!
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    Pitti Palace,handbags,a 2nd cousin,Uffizi & music!

    A travel blog entry by cskinnear on Sep 19, 2012

    2 comments, 72 photos

    ... and wet underfoot so we had a quick look round the obviously lovely gardens and headed off.

    I had arranged to meet my second cousin (my father's sister's grandchild, or put another way, the son of my cousin), also called David, (rather confusingly since my friend is also called David!), at 12:30 and as it was only around 11:30 by the time we had finished in the Palace, we decided, or rather I decided we would go back to the leather markets as I was ...

    Fhopkins's Great Adventure 6

    A travel blog entry by fhopkins on Sep 30, 2011

    ... given the recipe at my cooking class . First I cooked the pasta then i got a large frying pan and cooked the beef and garlic when the beef was cooked i added the eggplant and then added the wine and waited for the sauce to thicken . I took the pasta and mixed everything all together , It was delightful it tasted lovely . I had a lovely day and i hope that i can fit everything that i bought in my suitcase tommorrow . ...

    Traveler Photos Pensione Bencista Fiesole

    Looking at Florence at Breakfast
    Florence, Italy