Welcome in Firenze
Important notice for summer 2021
For many reasons. some of them outside my control, during
certains periods in this year I cannot confirm hospitality with much advance.
The dates written in the calendar below in the last column are the ones
when I will be able to start accepting requests for that day. You can send a request earlier, but know that until the date indicated i could have to change plans.
Also, only for summer 2021 some special rules valid until 15 october:
I expect every night to have dinner together (cooking alternatively) so if you
do not expect to spend all evening here or not to have your day of cooking,
arrange another accommodation;
in the same period will not be planned
in advance many vegetarian friendly days: you will be free to cook
what you prefer the day it will be your turn but
the other days leave complete freedom to the one that will cook;
If you are a group of 4 or more please read first here
my e-mail address for contacts:
you arrived here it is because you wanted to come in my home.
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 2021-07-29 I can host 3 people, * 🕖
On 2021-07-30 I can host 2 people, ⌛28/7,🚶
On 2021-07-31 I can host 5 people, ⌛28/7,🚶
On 2021-08-01 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-02 I can host 6 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-03 I can host 6 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-04 I can host 6 people,
On 2021-08-05 I can host 7 people,
On 2021-08-06 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-07 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-08 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-09 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-10 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-11 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-12 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-13 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-14 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-15 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-16 I can host 7 people, ⌛28/7
On 2021-08-17 I can host 7 people,
On 2021-08-18 I can host 7 people,
On 2021-08-19 I can host 7 people, * 🕖
On 2021-08-20 I can host 7 people, ⌛10/8
On 2021-08-21 I can host 7 people, ⌛10/8
On 2021-08-22 I can host 7 people, ⌛10/8
On 2021-08-23 I can host 7 people, ⌛10/8
On 2021-08-24 I can host 7 people, ⌛10/8
On 2021-08-25 I can host 7 people, ⌛10/8
On 2021-08-26 I can host 7 people, ⌛10/8
On 2021-08-27 I can host 7 people, ⌛10/8
On 2021-08-28 I can host 7 people, ⌛10/8
On 2021-08-29 I can host 7 people, ⌛10/8
On 2021-08-30 I can host 7 people, ⌛10/8
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 summer the night between sunday and monday can be
confirmed only a maximum of 8 days in advance,
exception in case of participant to events (days tagged with 🚶)
For the days marked with
at the time you are reading this table is possible either that I be not yet
able to give you an immediate 100% confirm, even if chances I be able to host
could be quite high;
If there is a date written, it is the time when I expect to be able to give a final response;
in case you are seeing the note for a closer date,
it could mean also that on that days could be some special conditions or just
i do not yet know when I will be able to give an answer, so ask only if you do not need an
immediate unconditionate confirm ( expecially if there is the ?! note that means that such dates could be confirmed only very, very shortly in advance).For the days marked with note 🚶:
In that days I have plans to go out for some excursions out of the city
to which you are invited. For this reason I will give precedence until
last minute to people participating to the excursion.
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, 8 hours if it is less than 5 days,
two hours if your arrival were within 26 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.
In case you see only one or two places shown as available for one date
know that from the end of may to mid september I have available one extra room,
but confirm for these last two places cannot be made more than one week
in advance if not sometimes even less, since it could become unavailable on
short term, so do not wonder if sometimes I will ask you to wait until a few
days in advance to have a confirm for that room (if you see three or more places,
or it is less than one week far, no problems).... 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 cautionsWhen 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 attractions, 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 days before arrival, once I will have received your confirm SMS.
note 🕢: This note
means that on the next morning it is planned that me and the other people
leave before 0800 since I have to go to work early..
So, if you ask for that days be prepared to have an early morning!
Many useums open as early as 815 so it is anyway a good time to visit the city
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
two weeks in advance, often less.
my e-mail address for contacts:
How much time can I host you ?
Preferred stay is 2 to 4 nights, but I can make exceptions, just ask.
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 four single beds,
with other guests.
In your request
please state clearly the exact date and approximate time and the mean of transportation
you expect to arrive, and also date and time when you plan to leave.
You will ease avoiding error if you include arrival date in the subject of the
e-mail, also if you have already booked the train/bus/plane tell its number.
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 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
"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 may change dates last minute!.
Once accepted, the dates become fixed.
I expect that, unless differently specified, that
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
- except if you just reduce by one day a 3 or more days stay-
after I have confirmed, not necessarily means that you will still be
if we are a large group ? 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 I can
carve out two more places when availability in the calendar is only 7
(from 1/6 to 15/9) or 5 (later).
For last minute requests: groups of 5 or more must ask at least 2 days
in advance; group of 3 or 4 no later than 1000 the same days, single or
couples ...maybe even at 17 ....
(but see notes on availability after the general availability
calendar at beginning.
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What can I offer ?
- Do not expect that I will take you around
to visit the city (but we can organize excursion in tha nature around), but if
you write in advance telling me your interests I can give some suggestions.
- I am in east part of town, 4.8 km walking
or cycling from city hall
click here to visualize a map of the area.
please note that due to roadworks, from february until september 2021 the bus stop arriving from city center is 750 m far
from here (I have not updated the map since will be changes almost every month
until end of 2023).
- Dinner is usually around 2115
- In Italy communal meal with guest is an institution,
and many people come to my house for the "kitchen sharing" so your host will expect guests to share at
least the main meal together, the day they arrive, two if they stay more than 2 night.
More details on meal sharing HERE
In general 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 freezer will not have been emptied by all stuff bought for people that did not show,
I am be unable to accept guests with special dietary requirements unless
with special arrangement and conditions.
Read the specific page for more informations!
policy says that when there is no people of the family, even the
guests are out. In summer 2021 most of days I do not leave home early,
at least not before 930; just on some days it is possible that I leave
earlier, around 8, but usually are marked in the calendar.
In general I ask guests to leave the romm free no later than 820,
to give time to clean it.
- 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 least 36 hours before arrival,
same if you need space in the fridge or need to do laundry.
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:
always a SMS message of confirm 3-4 days in advance,
including your estimated time of arrival, if you don't not only I
cannot help with logistics, but I will cancel your request.
I will reply ASAP, if for some reason you do not get a reply within two
hours please call me on voice since sometimes roaming SIMs do not work
correctly with SMS.
last minute requests of course people should be ready to get what has
been prepared, so if you have alimentary constraints tell me when you
send the first request.
- We will share expense for food; people that stay 3 or more days
or if are a group of 2 or more even just for two days is expected to cook
at least one day. think about your recipe and try to stay under 3,50 EUR
per person as respect for other guests that could be traveling on thight
In that case think about a recipe from your region, and take a list
of ingredients with quantities (by mass), this would help in buying the
right quantity and adapt according the number of people that evening.
- do not smoke in the house, nor in
- The guests have one bathroom all for them. also cleaning
is left to them, so keep it clean, for the people that come after you.
- do not contaminate
recycle bins (or you have to clean it too)
- do not take anything out
of kitchen (glasses can be get lost or broken in strange places,
food could have been a key ingredient for next dinner)
- if you help cleaning in
the kitchen never put knives in dishwasher, on the other part
plastic and glass cannot be safely washed by hand
- do not open the window in
the dining room unless you remain inside that room ready to close it.
(if there is just a bit of wind current will be strong and internal
doors can slam and be damaged)
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 that appear at beginning of this page,
specifying there your username and adding the e-mail addresses of all other travelmates,
and expecially your cell phone number, minding that my reply could
arrive from a different email address, so check that you accidentally
(or voluntarily) had not set your spam filter to ignore messages,
or your phone not to ring, from unknows senders.
Remember when you send arrival and leaving dates that,
unless differently written, I assume that you arrive at my home
between 1950 and 2020 on the arrival day, and leave at 0700 or 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 reply, in your request, to the
question 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
I will try to reply to your
request in the shortest time possible, but since 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 it is a request more than 8
days in advance, I can wait for your reply even 24 hours, but if you
require a couch 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
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 the message.
If I think we need a quicker turnaround in replies, I will send you a SMS, to be
replied quickly, or will call you, 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 all person
in the group have not a personal profile (I am however happy with the ones on
BEWELCOME, WARMSHOWERS, or
TRUSTROOTS but not with ones on FaceBook or HC), if the person
that makes the request has an adequate hospitaly exchange experience,
But I ask as a
minimum that the person
that makes the request indicate name, gender, age, place of origin
and languages spoken, beside a personal contact [email address], for
each one in the group.
In particular I
ask that all the people in the group share a common language with me.
I can make an exception just if there is just 1 person not sharing my,
or the other guest's, languages.
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. For this reason usually I accept phone-less
people only if we can meet before lunch so I can lend them a phone
before sending them to visit the city.