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... for it's massive domed roof. It's quite spectacular to see. We then walked down to the 14th century bridge Ponte Vecchio, which is famous for the buildings that line both sides. Originally they were butcher shops until the royals built a corridor through the bridge to link two palaces and ordered they be changed to goldsmiths. The jewelry shops that now line the sides look gorgeous with their little wooden shop fronts and shutters and displays of beautiful Italian ...
... it was creatively cut and/or made. Then once it was all cooked we got to eat it! I couldn't believe how fast the time wet by, we didn't eat until close to three. I ate so much I actually started to feel sick. It's so much more rewarding when you've made it all from scratch! Then to top off the pasta we had out tiramisu :) I tried really hard to finish mine but I just couldn't! I was some of the best food I've had on this trip and I'm not just saying that ...
Hey all, from sunny Florence.
During the day we had a quick stop over to Pisa for a couple of hours to see the leaning tower of Pisa, we had a fun walk finding it, just following the main road, which then takes a sudden bend, we started walking straight still until I took a look to the right as Az mentioned where is it? Take a look to the left to see a massive leaning tower :-).
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... amphitheater to find Olivia and Meredith. They were sitting in the amphitheater, admiring the views beyond of the perfect Tuscan countryside. The steep hills, the splatters of small towns throughout, the funny trees. I did a little myself before we headed up to the Ruins Museum. This museum was really cool from an interior design prospective. Instead of keeping the ruins and the interior completely separate, they actually designed the museum around some of the ruins. ...
... trundled on to Lucca, an ancient roman walled town. We wandered through teh city, and enjoyed climbing teh bell tower to soak in the views. Many piazza's were explored, and we had to try out the Gelato given it was so hot. We then drove further on to Pisa, and explored the famous spot. The tower is rediculously toppling over, it is very wierd how it is still standing. A feat of modern engineering I think. We climbed to the top at dusk, and enjoyed an amazing sunset and saw Pisa all lit ...
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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.
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.