An intimate bed and breakfast, Antica Dimora Firenze is one of three B&Bs in this quiet part of Florence that focuses on personalized service and traditional Tuscan living. Quaint and cozy, this property is awash in vintage antique furnishings, polished wood floors, and a homey feeling that pervades throughout.
The B&B has an incredibly helpful blog where guests can find a constantly updated list of things to do, see, try, and buy in Florence.
Each room is unique and represented by different color schemes of red, yellow, green, pink, etc. Canopy beds are typical and a few rooms feature small terraces and balconies (opt for these). Complimentary amenities include Krups Nespresso machines and Handy Wi-Fi gadgets that allow you access to the internet anywhere in Florence.
Many hotels in Florence have air conditioning that won’t get turned on until June. You can use the in-room A/C at this B&B all year round.
Polished brick floors give way to marble sinks, shaving mirrors, towel heaters, and a bidet.
Antique furniture is strewn about the common area that features a breakfast room and honesty bar.
The breakfast is complimentary for all guests and there are gluten-free options at the small buffet. This sitting area also includes a couple of comfy red sofas and a small library of books.
At all the properties in this B&B collective, you’ll find an Honesty Bar. If you want to grab some vino, just write down what you’ve taken and you’ll be billed at the end of your stay. Throughout the day, however, snacks, tea, and coffee are all complimentary.
Though you’re staying on the north-east side of the city, Florence is so small it’s relatively easy to walk to anything you could want or need. If you do want to go to sites south of the Arno River, you should think about taking a taxi.
For a little bit of everything, head over to Mercato Centrale (10-minute walk), a bustling warehouse with fresh goods on the first floor, and dozens of small restaurants on the second. Here you have your pick of pizza, pasta, gelato, panini, and more.
Right across the street, Finnegan’s (1-minute walk) is an Irish pub with trivia, darts, draughts, and whiskey tastings. Oenophiles might want to check out Enoteca Zanobini (11-minute walk) where you’ll find over 2,500 brands of wine and daily tastings.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This intimate and charming bed and breakfast is an ideal spot for anyone looking for a traditional Tuscan experience. Within walking distance to major attractions, the property also has the benefit of being away from crowded and noisy streets. Free breakfast and daily snacks are a nice touch, and the honesty bar is always open if you need a late afternoon glass of wine. If you want to get a home away from home, the incredibly friendly staff will ease you in nicely.