Fattoria degli Usignoli is exactly how I had pictured a Tuscan hotel. The grounds were beautiful, and a perfect place to relax. We visited in April so it was quiet except for the workers bustling about getting ready for the tourist season. The owner was accommodating, but quite reserved. The rest of the staff were extremely friendly, especially the girl who served the breakfast area by herself and also helped in the restaurant at night.
The breakfast buffet was substantial. In addition to the typical Italian breakfast of a croissant and coffee (which was served with hot, steamed milk in a separate pitcher) were plates of prosciutto cotto, salumi and cheese as well as hard boiled eggs, breads, yogurt, canned fruits, cereal, juice and milk. Nothing exotic, but tasty.
The hotel's restaurant is adequate with a nice atmosphere, but not the best food we had in Italy by any means. However, not many other restaurant options close by. Pastas are probably a better choice than sides or main dishes. Gnocci with leeks and pasta with mushrooms were both good. Ribeye steak came sliced over arugula. Flavor was good, but the quality of the meat was not.
Our issue with this hotel was finding it after dark. Directions on Google are not the same way the hotel recommends from Florence. After describing where we were, a staff member kindly came to get us in a nearby church parking lot.
I would go back now knowing how to get there, but most importantly would make sure my GPS was working!
Just perfect! This newly opened B&B really wants to do EVERYTHING for you. The lady was really nice, showed us our room, helped us with tips to the cities around. They have a really nice bio pool (where plants from the little lake, cleans the water). Nice restaurant og breakfast. They, as said just opened, so give them a bit of time to settle in to running their B&B.
Personal: speaks English – very friendly
Location: right next to the hwy, so it is a little noisy
Rooms: basic but very clean
Service: amazing, friendly, personal speaks English
Breakfast: buffet, good selection compare to other hotels I’ve stayed in Tuscany
I would recommend this hotel to anyone
This is exactly what you hope for when you visit Italy... a gorgeous villa, situated in a breathtaking town in the hills of Tuscany. We had to continually pinch ourselves throughout the stay to make sure we weren't dreaming. The staff is very warm and welcoming (and speak enough English to answer any questions you have). The breakfast is fabulous, in an elegant dining room with the windows wide open, a gentle breeze and the songs of birds greeting you each morning (and don't get me started on the chocolate croissants which were beyond delicious).There is WiFi and a computer in the lobby, the only evidence of the 21st century in this otherwise authentic 11th century villa. The grounds are spectacular and offer endless opportunity for meandering. An all around perfect vacation choice for anyone lucky enough to visit Italy.
"Very nice hotel near Florence ... worth a visit by itself"
Wonderful hotel with very nice staff. Very large rooms with lots of space. The bathroom is quite small for the size of the room. Also, the bed arrangement can be significantly improved.
Wonderful restaurant - breakfast is great and staff are very courteous and patient ... we do not speak italian and they were very nice with us.
The layout, amenities and arrangement of furniture in the room needs improvement.
Rahul from North Carolina
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