"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.
We loved this hotel! It was a pretty little hotel in the town of Montelupo which was about a 20 min train ride from Florence. Of all of the hotels we have stayed in on our trip to Europe, this was one of the easiest to find (which was great because figuring out how to get to our hotel using the public transportation in each country we have been to has been difficult with the language barrier and all). When you arrive at the Montelupo-Capraia train station, hotel Bacchio is right across the street...you can see it from the train stop. The hotel was clean, quaint, and had a lovely continental breakfast. The hotel staff was great and super helpful. It was nice to spend some time in a small Italian town away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Overall, a wonderful experience!
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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