"A good base to explore Tuscany from, short stays"
This hotel is 45 minutes drive from Pisa and 35 minutes from Florence. You definitely need a car, as the hotel is actually in Empoli and not Vinci, the town is very sleepy not many restaurants. We didn't try the hotel food as their restaurant always looked closed. The hotel was very quiet, more of a business hotel than a holiday destination. Would recommend this hotel as short stay venue. The room was comfortable, modern bathroom, Sky TV, free safe also parking was free which was a surprise.
We only used this hotel as a base to explore the surrounding area. It well positioned, close to the main motorway and within easy reach of the toll road. It is not a Florence hotel but as we didn't want to be surrounded by tourists it was ok and we gained a feel for real Italy.
"Clean, friendly but you'll want to hire a car .."
A lovely hotel, modern and clean - very friendly staff. Our room had a wonderful balcony although a very limited view of the surrounding countryside. Underground car park is a test for your manoeuvring in tight spots! Don't be fooled - it's not in Empoli, so you really need a car.
Located in gorgeous rural surroundings, Borgo San Benedetto is a number of rural buildings turned into comfortable hotel rooms and villas with plenty of space for large families.
The staff are amazingly welcoming and friendly and will help in whichever way they can. The main building hosts the breakfast area as well as some rooms. The breakfast offers a combination of local cold meats, fresh fruit and some delicious cakes and pastries!
There are two separate pools with plenty of loungers to enjoy the Tuscan sun. We were there at the end of October and still were able to enjoy a dip in the pool!
In terms of location, the hotel is a comfortable drive away from Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca but most importantly the wonderful San Gimignano which we thoroughly recommend for a beautiful medieval town with incredible shops, restaurants and icecream!
Overall a very pleasurable visit and we will be coming back!
I hope to return to the wonder Sant'Lario!
I really enjoyed the warm hospitality, the variety and quality of home cooking at breakfast, quaint and romantic setting, the enchanting walk to the pool through forest trees and past a field of sunflowers, the clean and spacious room, the location (an hour from Florence and close to beautiful villages such as Volterra and San Gimignano) and the luxurious touches that made the holiday for special e.g. Seating area overlooking Sant'Larrio vineyard and cosy night lighting. The owner was extremely friendly and spoke excellent English. She had good local knowledge and was very willing to help me with any queries.
Me and my partner's time in Tuscany was very memorable and thanks for making our first visit so special.
Set between the Arno and Elsa rivers, the Empolese val d'Elsa area consists of three urban centers at Empoli, Castelfiorentino, and Certaldo and boasts a valuable artistic and cultural heritage. In addition to the art of local museums and churches, the region's history and development can also be seen in the ceramics from Montelupo and the glasswork displayed at Empoli's Virtual Museum of Glass.
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