🤗 be welcome in Firenze

When can I host you ? How much time can I host you ? How to improve your chances to be my guest ? What if we are a large (>4) group ? (or a family) What can I offer ? What I ask you ? To get a quicker reply and last minute requests... Some things you must know ...

special notices for summer 2024
  • very often some spam filter send in the spam folder my replies, so if within a few hours you have not received my reply, better you look in the spam folder. - If you are so strict not to accept my email in your mailbox how can I be accepting you in person in my home?
  • On some days you will see a hourglass symbol with a date nearby: it means that I have unconfirmed plans for that days that could lead me far from home so until the specified date cannot give a firm confirm; on the other way dates more than 4 weeks away could not appear, feel free to ask but do not expect to have always immediate confirm for such dates.
  • About last minute requests: If you ask for staying here less than 4 days in advance I expect you are ready to answer to my answer quickly. After 4 hours from my reply without acknowledgement I will assume you could have changed your plans and so would not reserve space; If your request is for the same day this limit is just one hour. Keep phone on that is some cases is possible I will call you. I DO NOT USE WHATSAPP or other meta products so only numbers that i can call with a normal phone call and that are active. (if you miss the deadline call me immediately, usually there are no problem even for a late reply)
  • In general every day is "omnivore day" so you will be free to cook what you prefer the day it will be your turn to cook but the other days leave complete freedom to the one[s] that will have their cooking turn; not eating what has been prepared for you, here is considered rude both toward the cook and toward the host; asking someone to cook something different that what had expected to cook is easily leading to get unhealty meals.
    Due to pressing recurrent requests I have set a few "potentially vegetarian friendly days" tagged with pv on the calendar, when -if expressely requested when you send your request- can be prepared a vegetarian [according italian definition] meal. If arrival day is not tagged pv nor VF, if you want really do not want to eat some specific kind of food on the day of arrival, you may ask also other days provided that: you ask it at least 60 hours before arrival AND on arrival day is set 7 as number of possible guests AND the day is NOT tagged with 🌙 nor ✝.
  • If you are a group of 4 or more -up to 9- please read the chapter about groups, even if in the day you arrive do not appear enough free places
  • Due to maintenance works scattered all around in the area of the province of Firenze public transportation in this area is less reliable and more subject to changes than usual.
    For this reason, unless you are using your own means of transportation for all the way to Firenze, the exact travel plan to arrive here will be a major point on the decision to accept you or another group but also it will lead to restart the process of acceptance in case you change one or more of the details of arrival trip.
    please note that times and itineraries on googlemaps and many other travel assitance services could be not been updated for these changes that often last just a couple of days.

    my e-mail address for contacts: leo5ucc@trail.it

    If you arrived here it is because you wanted to come in my home.
    We say "patti chiari amicizia lunga" (clear pacts, long lasting friendship), so read carefully:

    When can I host you ? home

    The dates for which I can take in account requests at this time are:

  • On 2024-07-19 I can host 0 people,
  • On 2024-07-20 I can host 1 people,
  • On 2024-07-21 I can host 4 people,
  • On 2024-07-22 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-07-23 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-07-24 I can host 2 people, 🌙
  • On 2024-07-25 I can host 2 people, 🌙
  • On 2024-07-26 I can host 4 people,
  • On 2024-07-27 I can host 4 people,
  • On 2024-07-28 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-07-29 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-07-30 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-07-31 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-01 I can host 7 people, 🌙
  • On 2024-08-02 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-03 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-04 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-05 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-06 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-07 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-08 I can host 6 people, 🌙
  • On 2024-08-09 I can host 6 people,
  • On 2024-08-10 I can host 6 people,
  • On 2024-08-11 I can host 6 people,
  • On 2024-08-12 I can host 6 people,
  • On 2024-08-13 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-14 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-15 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-16 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-17 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-18 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-19 I can host 7 people,
  • On 2024-08-20 I can host 7 people,

  • If you see changing the availability after I have sent you an e-mail reply it does not mean that I cannot longer host you, but just that I set aside for you the space!
  • In the days marked with for different reasons I cannot accept new people arriving at my home exactly on that days while place is still available for people that were here since at least the previous day (so you may freely ask even these days as a final or intermediate days of your stay). Note that the status may change closer to the date, so may worth check again closed to date.
  • Unless differently stated, if after my reply I won't receive a reply from you within a reasonable time (two days if request is more than 3 weeks away, one day if more than 5 days, 4 hours if it is less than 5 days, thirty minutes if your arrival were within 25 hours), I will not keep longer on hold the place for you.
  • Days marked with ✝ are the principal public holydays, or days with special uses. For that days I could be unable to satisfy special dietetic requirements expecially for people arriving exactly on that days.
  • In particular on some special days there are traditional meals, so people that have eating costraints must avoid to ask 1/1 or 25/12 if they do not eat some kinds of meat, have wheat, sugar or nuts intolerance or do not drink alcool; 15/8 if they do not eat pork, and 31/12 if they do not eat pork, lentils or have wheat intolerance or do not drink alcohol.
  • ... and finally a warning for this period: not only in Firenze there are a lot people visiting the city, but also a lot of mosquitoes "visiting" tourists.
    If you do not want a review on mosquitoes' michelin guide of restaurants, better you get some cautions
  • When I say that I want a phone number I want to say that I want to have a globally reacheable phone number, so a number that can be dialed by any public service and route the call to you cellphone that have to be active. Actually I will send you all details to arrive at my home within 300 meters at the time you send the request so you know exacly how much time you need to the various points of interest, and print the maps and timetables in advance (or you may read here :-)), but I will give my complete address only by calling you at that number a couple hours before arrival, once -three days before arrival- I will have received a call from you, to confirm that phone is working and numbers are correct.
  • 🌙: This note means that on that evening I could be home as late as 21:30 and/or dinner will be at 22:15
  • The dates shown above are the ones opened to everyone for which I may confirm hospitality at the time you read it .
    However to give opportunity to bigger groups to found an accomodation together, since I am one of the very few hosts in Firenze able to host 5 or more people, such larger groups may ask and have confirm also for further dates until a reasonable future.
    Also, irrespectively of what is written in the calendar, one day stays are subject to final confirm only at a maximum of one week in advance, often even less.

  • my e-mail address for contacts: leo5ucc@trail.it

    How much time can I host you ?

    Preferred stay is 2 to 4 nights, but I can make exceptions, just ask.

    How can you improve the chances to be my guest ? home

    Normally I will confirm once we have had an e-mail exchange and all personal informations; according the period of the year I may have one to four rooms available for guests.
    Only two have single beds. So, if you are more than one person, when requesting, tell me if you prefer single or double beds. If you say that is just a preference for single or double, but not a constraint, this would help a lot.
    In case you ask only single beds, tell me if you accept to share the big room, that has three single beds, with other guests.

    In your request please state clearly the exact date (and where possible approximate time and mean of transportation used) you expect to arrive, and also date and time when you plan to leave.
    Include also a list with the complete names and e-mail of all the people in your party, as well at least one working GSM/LTE phone number that I can use to call you while arriving and. -very important- an indication if some of you have dietary constraints.
    I will consider the request complete only when I will have all these informations

    "dates are flexible" does mean that in case I had no availability in the day[s] you ask, rather than declining, I may offer you an option to shift dates, not that you reserve you the right to change dates last minute!.
    Once accepted, the dates become fixed.

    I expect that, unless differently specified, you reply after my confirm message no later than 2 days, if arrival date is more than 2 week apart, 24 hours in the other cases but within 3 hours if request were sent less than 48 hours before arrival (keep phone on, if last minute I may directly call you)

    Note that if you ask to change the dates after I have confirmed, not necessarily means that you will still be accepted.

    What if we are a large group (or a family)? home

    I can host even groups of 5 or more people, up to 9: since I am one of the few ones in my town that is able to host such a large group, to give them more chances I may also accept requests for dates more than 5 weeks ahead, up to a reasonable future.
    For groups of 4 or more usually I can carve out two more places when availability in the calendar says 1 or 2 less than the required number.
    about last minute requests: I cannot accept less than 24 hours in advance requests from groups of 5 or more; smaller ones can try also last minute; on certain days, also, I might restrict acceptance to bigger groups only it they arrive at a time much earlier than the usual 20:45 limit.
    (but see notes on availability after the general availability calendar at beginning).
    Note about families: a family is defined as a group of two or more people when there is at least one person that is a parent of another in the group. I will host families so defined only if at least one of following conditions is true:
    a. at least one of the person among parents or kids has been my guest before, or I have been their guest;
    b. at least one of the parents and at least one of their kids has (proved by references) had at least one experience as a guest (not by the same person) somewhere out of their home country.
    If in your group you have kids under 14 please read the informations for this case.

    What can I offer ? home

  • I am in east part of town, about 20 minutes by transit to the historical center (or 3 km walking or cycling)
    click here to visualize a map of the area
  • In Italia communal meal with guests is an institution, and many people come to my house also for the "kitchen sharing"; so your host will expect its guests to share at least one main meal together, the day they arrive, or two if they stay more than one night.
    Dinner is usually at 21:10.
    More details on meal sharing HERE
  • Who cook on a certain day has the right to decide what to cook.
    So in general assume it is omnivore diet.
    Since the number of people that did change their plan really last minute, sometimes even after dinner had been prepared, has been quite consistent, this lead to often have to freeze something that had been prepared for them. For this reason until my freezer will not have been emptied by all stuff bought for people that did not show, I won't be able to accept guests with special dietary requirements unless with very special arrangements and conditions.
    Read the informations about that. If you stay three or more days and expect one evening not being here for dinner, please tell it at time of sending the request, or at least three days before arrival.
  • Breakfast is around 08:40 (but in Italia you are not required to attend, neither expect that someone prepares for you)
  • Do not expect that I will take you around to visit the city unless you have some specific interests (but -if weather allows- we can easily organize excursions in the nature around);
    if you write me in advance telling me your interests I can however give you some suggestions or prepare a thematic itinerary.
    please note that due to (long term) roadworks, from february 2021 the stop for buses arriving from city center has been moved 750 m far from here (I have not updated the map on this site since situation could have changes almost every month until end of 2024).
  • House policy says that when there is no people of the family, even the guests are out. In general I do not leave home early, at least not before 9:30; just on some days it is possible that I leave earlier, but these would be marked in the calendar with 🕖; unless differently arranged do not expect I be back home until 1920.
    In general I ask guests to leave the room free, on the day they leave, no later than 820, to give time to clean it. If it is not a day I leave more or less early you may stay longer, but if you leave after 820 you are expecteded to do a complete cleaning of the room before leaving.
  • Free internet access. In case you need to use it after you leave my house, it is accessible also from the benches on the park in front ot the house.
  • If you have bicycles you can use my garage, but ask me at time of request or at least 36 hours before arrival, same notice in advance if you need space in the fridge, need to do laundry or need to use kitchen to prepare your breakfast.

    What i am asking you ? home

    Some people complained that I had too many rules: I wrote the rules here, so you can decide if they are reasonable for you and then send me a request or not.

    to get a quicker reply - Last minute requests home

    When you send a request or reply to a last minute invitation, to be sure to get a quick reply always send an email to the address leo5ucc@trail.it specifying there your username and adding the e-mail addresses of all other travelmates, and expecially your cell phone number, caring that my reply could arrive from a different email address, or a different phone number, so check that you accidentally (or voluntarily) had not set your spam filter to ignore messages, or your phone not to ring from unknows callers.
    When you send arrival and leaving dates, unless differently written, I assume that you arrive at my home between 1950 and 2020 on the arrival day, and leave between 0700 and 0830 on departure date (too many people set as end day the last night, so actually end requesting a day less than they expect).

    If you send a request very close to arrival date remember to give answers, in your request, to the questions about the kind of bed that you prefer, the time you plan to arrive and leave and if you have food intolerances. This would help to know immediately if there are problem or on the other side accept immediately.

    I will try to reply to your request in the shortest time possible, but since often I receive more requests than I can accommodate (Firenze has a lot of people coming ...) I have to ask also you to be quick in replying, so to be helpful to as many people is possible.
    So, if your request is for more than 8 days in advance, I can wait for your reply even 24 hours, but if you require hospitality in short advance, I ask you to reply within a few hours, in general I will wait one eight of the time remaining to your arrival (1 to 6AM is neutralized).
    If I will not receive an answer within that time and have other requests I will consider it as cancelled.
    If you expect not to have internet access for some time please post in your message a note about when you will be able to read and reply to the message.
    If I think we need a quicker turnaround in replies, I will call you in voice, so please keep the phone on: sometimes I need some immediate clarification, or I had problem replying by e-mail.

    I am not picky if any person in the group does not have a personal profile on an hospex community, but I ask as a minimum that the person that makes the request indicate name and personal contact [email address], for each one in the group, so i can reply individually and ask further informations.
    In particular I ask that all the people in the group share a common language with me. I can make an exception about this rule only if there is just 1 person not sharing my -or the other guests'- languages, but at least two people able to translate.

    If you are one of the people that do not want to have a cellphone, or do not want to give to other people their personal number you can buy a SIM just for the trip!, otherwise I will be usually unable to host you, expecially on last minute or when you cannot adjust your arrival time to my movements. If there is more then one group for dinner not knowing where they are when they are late is not nice. Read here for more explainations

    Some things you should know (even if you do not come at my home). home

    When planning a visit to Firenze remember these things:
  • Some bus operators sell tickets to Firenze offering three different stations: Piazzale Montelungo, Villa Costanza, Guidoni T2 and via Santa Caterina. While Piazzale Montelungo and Santa Caterina are in the center, adjacent to SMN station, Villa Costanza is NOT in Firenze, but in Scandicci at 8 km SW from city center. There is between 0430 and 2345 a direct tram line to Firenze center, but this takes at least 25 minutes (plus time to buy tickets and wait departure). (and I live 4 km E of city center) GuidoniT2 is still in the city but distance (in time) is more or less the same than villa Costanza.
  • If you expect to arrive from Bologna and Venezia or go to such cities after Firenze know that on sunday afternoon and often on friday it is extremely common that some fast train services to/from that direction be sold-out (and regional service is not present in many weekends). I recommend to buy such tickets at least 3 days in advance to avoid surprises.
  • If you have not found cheap enough train select "solo regionali", that have a lower base fare, in this case ticket should be bought only on same day (there are no reservations), hovewer on certain days it is possible there are none of such trains, so check before online if you may buy a ticket for such day. If still the fare looks high consider the offer "Italia in tour" that does not appear when you select a trip, but it is a pass, that you can buy in "offerte regionali" section, that for 29 EUR allow you three consecutive days of travel on regional trains [or 5 days for 49 EUR ].
    between 8 june and 8 september the line between bologna and Prato is closed for works in two tunnels. While HS train are unaffected regional trains will not run in the period. Will be a only very limited number of services via Porretta and, but not daily, via Faenza so check carefully.
  • On public holydays (in 2024 they are 1/1 6/1 1/4 25/4 1/5 2/6 24/6 15/8 1/11 8/12 25/12 26/12) public transit services from my area start at 0600 (while on weekdays at 510, 520 on saturday and 0605 on sunday, so take it in account if you have a long distance services leaving from a distant terminal early in the morning.
  • bus tickets must be bought before boarding. it can be paid on board only with contactless credit card of VI/MC/AX circuits
    Train ticket vending machines usually accept only credit or debit cards, these cards must have a chip and a 4 to 6 figure PIN. there are around some cards that does not requires a pin, and these will not be accepted

  • museums: check always the opening days on their sites.
    You may buy also a combined ticket including Uffizi, Palazzo pitti, Boboli, giardino Bardini, museo Archeologico and Opificio delle Pietre Dure; in any case Uffizi MUST be the first visit and pass price includes reservation.
    Even single tickets to Uffizi are valid to visit (within 3 days) opificio delle pietre dure and Museo archeologico; the same option is available to visit Giardino Bardini after Boboli (on the same day)
    People age 18 to 24 (citizen of EU plus ch,fl,no,uy) pay 2 euro for entrance at each museum (this fare is valid also for Bargello and San Marco).
    WARNING: From 11 february until november 10 some state museums apply a surcharge up to 80% (Uffizi, Boboli, Palazzo Pitti) on their regular prices for general public; so if your plans are to visit museums, I suggest you to move your visit to Firenze in low season (10/1 to 10/2 or 10/11 to 20/12), when it is also much less crowded and enjoyable.

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