Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo ★★★

A room at the Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo, Florence
A room at the Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo, Florence.

Your own castle in the hills above Florence, Italy

When most folks want that Florentine-hotel-in-the-hills fix, they head toward Fiesole.

Most folks are dead wrong.

The best "countryside" hotel in Florence lies on the south side of the Arno, on Bellosguardo Hill. Why is it the best?

This place feels more like a bona fide medieval/Renaissance castle than just about any other hotel in Italy, with 16 period rooms that (thank God) haven't been overhauled for modern tastes, but rather employ historic, genuine medieval furnishings and appointments.

These 16 simple but exquisite rooms are hidden away amid a warren of echoing halls with flying stone staircases down which you expect to see Errol Flynn come swashbuckling at any moment.

What's more, there's an amazing close-up panorama of the city just across the olive groves beyond the swimming pool.

If I had the scratch, this is where I would stay in Florence every single time...

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Via Roti Michelozzi 2 - On Bellosguardo Hill, west of Boboli—just off Piazza Bellosguardo where Via di Bellosguardo, Via Piana, and Via San Carlo meet
tel. +39-055-229-8145

Bus: 42 (Not close)
Hop-on/hop-off: Tasso (B), Piazza Tasso(C)

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English (Inglese) Italian (Italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah
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Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo
★★★ Via Roti Michelozzi 2 - On Bellosguardo Hill, west of Boboli—just off Piazza Bellosguardo where Via di Bellosguardo, Via Piana, and Via San Carlo meet
tel. +39-055-229-8145

Bus: 42 (Not close)
Hop-on/hop-off: Tasso (B), Piazza Tasso(C)

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