Villa Camerata

A room at the Ostello Villa Camereata hostel, Florence
A room at the Ostello Villa Camereata hostel, Florence

Regulation hostel-bland rooms in a 15th century countryside villa at the northern edge of Florence

Florence's official IYH hostel is located in the woods a ways outside the city center (figure 20 minutes by bus/walk), but worth it for the budget-strained.

The name doesn't lie—this really is a 15th century countryside villa with an outdoor loggia, amazing Reniassance lobby, and surrounded by greenery.

The rooms are pretty regulation hostel bland but livable. The shared dorm rooms are segrgated by sex, and each room has just 4 or 8 beds from €13–€16 per person.

There are also private rooms sleeping two (from €30) or three (from €54).

You can check in after the lockout (9am–2pm in summer, 9am–3pm in winter), and curfew is midnight.

Note: Unlike many hostels, there is no communal kitchen (though they do have an on-site restaurant, and the osteria/pizzeria at the end of the road isn't bad).

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Viale Augusto Righi 2–4 (3.5km/2.2 miles northwest of the city center; above Campo di Marte)
tel. +39-055-601-451

Bus: 7 (not particularly close)
Hop-on/hop-off: Regresso (B), Fiesole Regresso (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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Villa Camerata

Viale Augusto Righi 2–4 (3.5km/2.2 miles northwest of the city center; above Campo di Marte)
tel. +39-055-601-451

Bus: 7 (not particularly close)
Hop-on/hop-off: Regresso (B), Fiesole Regresso (C)

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