“If you want the benefit of Florence’s art treasures without the traffic and crowds, the old-fashioned, family-run Bencistà is a good choice. Situated just under Fiesole in beautiful terraced gardens overlooking Florence, it is filled with antiques and quirky corners. No two bedrooms are alike; try and book one with a view. A long time favourite of ours ... long may it continue in just the same vein.
Most guests have dinner here, which is announced with a bell at 7.30 and is generally served by members of the family. Very "Room with a view"”
Written by Nicky Swallow
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Normally our guests love to stay at the Bencista because they feel at home in a charming location with a friendly and authentic Italian family. They enjoy the silence and peacefulness of our terraces overlooking Florence which often inspired and relaxed them.
What is there to do in the area?
In Fiesole there is a wonderful roman theatre, and an archeological museum with roman and Etruscan finds. Fiesole is also really well known for trekking in fact there are lots of nice walks as well as bike paths. Not to mention the fact that Florence is very well connected with the bus nr.7 and just 20 minutes away from us.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
We serve a very genuine breakfast. The ingredients come from local producers and the food is freshly made by our chefs. In addition to the normal continental breakfast we serve some special Tuscan dishes for example Bread with tomatoes seasoned with our home-made extra-virgin olive oil.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
During the warm weather we serve breakfast, lunch, aperitifs and dinner on the terrace from where guests can enjoy the breathtaking view of Florence. In our Restaurant we serve a three course meal, everyday chosen according to the season products and freshly made by our chefs.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
We have all sorts of room types, our peculiarity is the view given by the position of the house that gives a 360° panorama on Florence and its surrounding countryside.
The rooms are furnished with original furniture from different ages before 1900. Even if we are not very far from the city, our house is characterized by a special peacefulness.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
If you are looking for an authentic, refined experience rooted in culture and art; Bencistà suits you.”