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Fiesole: Pensione Bencista

Via Benedetto da Maiano, 4, Phone: /Fax: 055.59163

Reviewed by: SlowTalk Forum Reviews from USA, review #2823

When: May 2009

I stayed at the Pensione Bencista in Fiesole for the first time last May. It was heavenly.

I stayed at the Pensione Bencista for the first time last May. It was heavenly. The lovely terraces, unsurpassed hospitality, antique-filled sitting rooms .... well, I could go on forever but suffice it to say I am returning in October.

There is a bus stop nearby, as stated on the Bencista's website. You should know that it is an uphill walk to get up to the street, and then the walk is quite easy. We did it every day for four days ... easy peasey by day four.

I learned about the Bencista from a chance meeting with two Americans in a restaurant in Lucca. We struck up a conversation .... they asked where we were lodging and we asked the same. They said they return every year to the Bencista and went on to describe the hotel in such a way that I knew I had to plan a visit.

Ask for a "room with a view" and take half board. I promise that you too will fall under the spell of the Bencista.

The only "negative" I can relate is the terrace. You settle at a table underneath an ancient wisteria; your eyes follow the swath of olive trees down the hills; you recognize the familiar red dome and it is all such tranquil, idyllic perfection from your vantage point that you forget about time and the next bus down to Florence.

Note: This review was originally posted in the Italy forum by Slow Traveler "Bags packed," and has been added to the review listings by the forum Moderators. Click here for entire discussion.

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