Fodor's Expert Review Antica Dimora Johlea

Via San Gallo 80, Florence, Tuscany 50129, Italy See on Map Fodor's Choice

A charming bed & breakfast on the north-east side of the city, this boutique is part of a family of B&B’s that reside in the area and provide guests with a warm and personalized Florentine experience. Though its small in stature, the property is big on service and offers a bevy of free amenities that will make you feel right at home.

Check out the hotel’s revamped website where you’ll find some kitschy characters. Representing different aspects of Florence, these avatars of Florentine experts can help guide you to various aspects of the city from events and nightlife to art and wine.

Single Room with French Bed
Photo: Single Room with French Bed


Every room in the hotel is different, but you can expect vintage furnishings, canopy beds, terracotta floors, radios with USB ports, and Krups Nespresso machines. Rooms also come with air conditioning that can be used any time of the year (a rarity in winter/spring months in Florence).

Every room also comes with a Handy Wi-Fi device. These helpful gadgets will get you online anywhere in the city and also give you the ability to make international phone calls for free.

Single Room with French Bed
Photo: Single Room with French Bed


Most bathrooms have marble floors and sinks and are decked out with shaving mirrors, towel heaters, and a bidet. Five of the six rooms have showers while one comes with a bathtub.


The small lobby is merely a gateway to the various rooms and common areas. Climbing the stairs, you’ll find a breakfast nook and outdoor terrace. Additionally, there is a sitting area with a TV and a computer for guests to browse with online.


Breakfast is complimentary and there are gluten free items upon request. The main draw of this particular B&B is the rooftop terrace with stellar views of the surrounding neighborhood and the perfect perch for morning coffee on warm days.

During the day, you’ll always find free snacks along with coffee and tea in the breakfast area.


At all three sister B&B properties, there is an Honor Bar. Basically, if you want to drink, you write down what you took and then the hotel will bill you for it upon checkout.


Getting Around

Florence is small, so it’s pretty easy to walk to just about every major attraction in the city. If you want to go to Piazzale Michelangelo or the Boboli Gardens, you might think about hailing a taxi.


If you’re looking for traditional Tuscan cuisine in an unstuffy trattoria, then you should try Trattoria Tiberio (4-minute walk). For more Tuscan home-cooking (with great wines), check out Ristorante Osteria Pepo (9-minute walk).


La Ménagére (9-minute walk) is a restaurant, bar, and concert hall that serves great drinks and greater live jazz. Practically next door, Finnegan’s (2-minute walk) is an Irish pub with tall pints, open mic nights, whiskey tastings, and trivia.


Service here comes with a smile as the uber-welcoming staff will make you feel right at home. With a limited amount of rooms, you’ll get a personalized experience and a helping hand to make the most of your stay in Florence. While there aren’t a ton of frills, the complimentary breakfast is hearty and the coffee is strong. If you want to find a very traditional hotel experience, you can’t go wrong here.


6 rooms
Breakfast Yes
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service No


Phones: 055-4633292

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