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Duomo: B&B Novecento

Via Ricasoli, 10, Phone: 055.214138

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Reviewed by: CalBears from CA, review #1631

When: September 2006

The hosts, Franco and Sawako, are very friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic. Ideal location – just a block from Duomo. Bedroom is very clean and comfortable.

We stayed here for two nights. The proprietors of the B&B, Franco and Sawako, are very friendly, cheerful, helpful, and enthusiastic.

The location is ideal – just a block from the Duomo and near the middle of everything. The bedroom is very clean, comfortable, quaintly decorated. It’s air-conditioned, which is a blessing in summer. There’s a roof garden that’s quite nice, with a view of the Duomo. Breakfast is generous for Italy.

They didn’t have wireless connection at the time, but at our suggestion, they said they’ll be getting it soon. Nevertheless, it’s quite convenient that the Internet café is just right across the street.

Their restaurant suggestion was also very good – we loved the freshly made bread there. Franco also gave us a map and suggested a list of things to do in Florence – we found it very helpful!

Reviewed by: Forte/Keough from WA, review #1328

When: December 2005.

Wonderful B & B in Florence.

Our family spent a delightful week just before Christmas at the Novecento B & B in Florence. This was due in no small part to the hosts - Franco Presta and Sawako Yamano were wonderful.

Breakfast is served in a cozy room and Franco makes the cappuccino himself. The rooms are quiet and spotless. The B & B is in an excellent location about one block from the Duomo. All of the sites in center of Florence are easily reached on foot. We look forward to staying here again on our next trip to Florence.

P.S. We would also suggest a meal at Zio Gigi's resturant. The food was great and reasonably priced. Franco can direct you.

Reviewed by: Dave & Rosa from DC, review #1278

When: October 2005

Perfect location: only 1/2 block from Duomo. Clean, spacious rooms. Rooftop terrace with unique view of Duomo. Awesome hosts. Great price for location.

Bed & Breakfast Novecento was a great place for us to spend our honeymoon. Not only were our hosts kind, helpful, and with a great sense of humor, they also served up a great breakfast and were quick to help recommend restaurants or offer other travel info. Our 2 week stay was comfortable and fun.

Staying less than a block from the Duomo was a real treat. The rooms were spacious and clean, having been newly remodeled in the last 5 years. We stayed in the orange room which had windows that opened onto the street. One of the best parts of the B&B is the rooftop terrace which has an up-close-and-personal view of the Duomo; a great place to retreat to after a few hard hours of sight-seeing. We'd definitely stay here again.

Reviewed by: SusannaLucy from CA, review #1008

When: May 2005

Excellent and cozy B&B in the heart of Firenze by the Duomo!

I LOVED this B&B! The owners, Franco and Sawako were friendly and extremely helpful ... they made us feel right at home.

We had a double with a bathroom that was adorably decorated and extremely clean. Everything was refurbished and new. They had a delicious continental breakfast for us in the mornings and helped us to organize our excursions through the city. The atmosphere was warm and cozy and we were able to chat with other visitors at various times. All had rave reviews of Franco & Sawako, who make you feel as though you were a close friend visiting for awhile.

At first I was concerned because there was no lift and the B&B was on the 3rd floor, but it's worth it to stay in such a fantastic place. You're already walking a ton, so why not add a few more steps! In addition, it's right in the heart of the city, about a block from the Duomo and within walking distance to the bus/train station, as well as exploring the city. They have a rooftop terrace that you can sit out on and drink wine while taking in the beautiful views.

I had done my homework (mostly on Slow Travel!) with regard to restaurants and wine bars, but Sawako and Franco gave us excellent suggestions that we were really happy with. We paid €135/night which I feel was very well worth it ... I WILL BE BACK!

Reviewed by: Virginia from CA, review #660

When: June 2004

Good location, but for the young and vigorous only. Questionable value for {3 star} price.

This B & B has nice owners, is very clean, and is in a great location, but I am not sure it is a good value for the price.

First, the place is a 4 floor climb up, which gets pretty tiring on hot summer days when you have already walked your feet off at the museums. Second, the rooms are extremely small. There is no room for suitcases (even carry-on size) and we were constantly tripping over them on the floor.

The showers are in the middle of the tiny bathrooms, so the whole floor gets wet. And third, it is quite noisy.

Beware that a double room means two single beds and a queen room means one double bed.

Reviewed by: April 9 from US, review #556

When: April 2004

Fabulous B&B. In the shadow of the Duomo!!

We stayed 3 nights at the Novecento B&B - and I cannot say enough good things about it!! The rooms were sparkling clean, and they were cleaned EVERY day we were there - including fresh towels daily (what a treat!). The breakfast consists of a delicious sugared croissant, yogurt, fruit juice, cappuccino and a basket of various other pastries - all served in their bright and cheery breakfast room.

The location can't be beat. It is literally in the shadow of the Duomo, which is less than 1/2 block away and it's only a few blocks down from the Accademia, on the same street. The terrace, on the top of the building has 5 or 6 tables, which allow you to sit outside and drink a glass of Chianti while gazing up at the Duomo. Which we did... several times!

Owners Franco Presta and Sawako Yamano were more than helpful. Fun and funny. They made reservations for us at the Uffizi and Accademia (as we arrived on a Sunday and couldn't make them ourselves). They offered restaurant suggestions, gave us two 15-minute, free internet-access cards to a internet café down the street, and even looked up rooms for us in Siena when our initial plans changed.

Only a couple things made it a "9.5" instead of a "10". The street side room that we were in was fairly noisy, but after the first night, earplugs made everything just fine. The other is, that it's on the 4th floor (no lift) and since I over-packed, it made the trip UP the stairs a tough one. However, Franco carried our bags all the way down stairs (without our knowing), upon our departure.

Franco and Sawako were completely hospitable and it made our trip to Florence even better by getting to know them.

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