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Historical Traveler Reviews Pensione Bencista Fiesole
Favorite place ever
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
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
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
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!
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!!
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
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
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!
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!
Terrific view, convenient location.
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Travel Blogs from Fiesole
... I will adjust and come to love it.
When we took off from Seattle, the sun broke through the rainclouds, and I wanted to see a rainbow. What I saw instead was even better. I looked down at the light grey cloud bank we had just come through and there was a shadow from the plane surrounded by a halo, and a round ...
This time around I started early. Out of the house at *8:30 AM. The smell of oleander in the courtyard was strong even when the sun just appeared over the opposite apartment houses at 6AM. The 23 buses run every few minutes at this hour. Found the bus stop going to town, that's important too. I was able to figure from the schedule that I needed to get off for San Marco the stop after Santa Maria Novella but I think the bus route may have changed due ...
... Museum which houses many great examples of the Renaissance period. On the way back to the hotel we dined at the Ciapella (sp?) Rosa meaning Red Onion and had still another fantastico meal. We don't have wifi in our rooms here so we are a little slow in getting this out. So much to see and do, so little time. The trip has been great so far and we would definitely recommend a Rick Steve's tour to all who are considering seeing Europe. ...
Before arriving in Florence, we’ll stop off at a wine tasting in the rustic hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, known for its iconic cypress trees and olive oil. In an historic 16th century villa, the
group will see a working winery, complete with its old cellar and vats. Here you can learn more about the region’s wines as you taste a glass or two of the local wine.
The scene-stealing Duomo Cathedral rises above Florence, which serves ...
... is fun. Then the descent down, down, down to the ground... which actually is a lot easier than climbing up.
From the piazza Duomo, we head towards the Uffizi where we enter the Piazza della Signoria to admire the Palazzo Vechio, the fountain, the fake David statue and the courtyard of statues along the back of the Uffizi museum. After admiring the statues and the signs for the rules of the statue courtyard (the signs in Italy are fun to look out for), we go around ...