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Why stay at a bed and breakfast in Florence?

Why stay at a bed and breakfast in Florence?

You're planning your trip to Florence and already making a list of all the places you'd love to see in the "cradle of the Renaissance": Ponte VecchioDuomo (maybe even doing the 463 steps to the top of the cupola!), a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo to view the sunset over the city, the Uffizi Gallery and more. Now what? If you haven't yet, it is time to decide on where to stay!

If you want to know which part of the city to stay in, read my suggestions here, but if you're debating whether to stay at a hotel or not, I'm here to tell you of the main reasons why you might actually want to choose a bed and breakfast over a hotel. Florence has a wide selection of delightful bed and breakfasts that might make your visit to Florence even more memorable, becoming part of your experience of staying in this magnificent city.

So why choose a bed and breakfast in Florence?

  • The main reason is to feel like a guest in someone's home while traveling. Coming to Italy on a vacation will be exciting but there is a lot to see and do so it will also be tiring. You will be out and about every day from morning to late evening, so going back to a place that feels a little like a home can provide a bit of comfort while you are away from yours.
  • It is more than just a bed, it is the warm welcome you feel from coming into close touch with locals who welcome people into their own homes. If you're traveling to Florence on business, the welcome of a home at the end of a long day of meetings might be the perfect way to relax and end the day.
  • Bed and breakfasts are small, with up to 6 rooms, so this means you come into close contact with the owners and other guests. When you share the breakfast room in the morning, the sitting room, balcony or garden in the evening, you will get the chance to interact and meet other guests but the owners in particular and learn about them, their stories, their recommendations of where to go eat and more that will enrich your traveling experience.
  • Personal attention in visiting the city. The owners will be your best resource for getting information on sights, museums, restaurants and much more in the neighborhood and in Florence. Feel free to ask about the rooms, their decorations or paintings hanging in the house, you just might find out it is the image of a family relative or a special object purchased by a family member long ago.
  • Services of a small hotel. Even if they are small, most bed and breakfasts strive to offer guests all of the main services and comforts you would expect from a small hotel, such as in-room bathrooms, safety boxes, TV, complimentary drinks and tea service in the afternoon (actually often charged for in hotels) and more.

Staying at a B&B in Florence will offer not only a warm, comfortable place to head to after long days of sightseeing, it will also be part of your experience and memories of Florence. If you're looking for a B&B, you can start your search by browsing through the select properties on

Author: Lourdes Flores

I'm from California but have called Florence my home for over a decade. I love to explore Italy; it is a lot of fun to try to see everything like I'm seeing it for the first time, keeping you, our readers, always in mind. I enjoy sharing what I know and helping others as they make their travel plans for Tuscany through our Forum. If you have itinerary-related questions, please post them there!


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