Welcome in Firenze
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
Note for groups of 3 to 9 people:
One room has 2 beds that can be set as single or double, and I assign that
ones or to two single people or to a couple alone, but I may also give all the
four places to a group, if they accept to stay all in the same room.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.
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 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 well before 730.
So, if you ask for that days be prepared to have an ealy morning!
These two extra places do not appear in the availability, since are available
only for groups. so if you are 3 and find only 2 places, or 4 or more and
find only n-2 places, feel free to send a request that place should be
The dates for which I can take in account requests at this time are:
On 2019-11-20 I can host 5 people, * 🕖
On 2019-11-21 I can host 5 people, * 🕖
On 2019-11-22 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-11-23 I can host 4 people,
On 2019-11-24 I can host 4 people,
On 2019-11-25 I can host 5 people, * 🕖,nnatd
On 2019-11-26 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-11-27 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-11-28 I can host 5 people, * 🕖
On 2019-11-29 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-11-30 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-01 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-02 I can host 5 people, nnatd,* 🕖
On 2019-12-03 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-04 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-05 I can host 5 people, * 🕖
On 2019-12-06 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-07 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-08 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-09 I can host 5 people, * 🕖,nnatd
On 2019-12-10 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-11 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-12 I can host 5 people, * 🕖
On 2019-12-13 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-14 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-15 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-16 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-17 I can host 3 people,
On 2019-12-18 I can host 3 people,
On 2019-12-19 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-20 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-21 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-22 I can host 5 people,
On 2019-12-23 I can host 5 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!
Usually, I cannot accept people arriving
on monday or thursday and staying only one night. In the same days
not always I can welcome groups of 4 or more
In the days marked with nnatd
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).
Specific informations valid for winter period 5/12 to 7/1:
- When planning mind that 8, 25 and 26 december and 1 and 6 january are public
holidays and 24 and 31 december are half holydays.
on 24 and 31 shops close at 1730;
on 25 and 26/12 and 1/1 all shops are closed, as is on 6/1 morning; on 25 and 31/12 and on 1/1
there are almost no interurban bus services
Most museums open at 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 and
expecially stays that touch mondays are subject to final confirm only at a maximum of
two weeks in advance, oftern 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
the period of the year I may have one to four rooms available for
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 are asked only for single beds, tell me if you
accept to share the big room, that has four single beds.
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 8: 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.
(but see notes on availability after the general availability
calendar at beginning).
What can I offer ?
am able to get you around on most Thursday mornings and sometime on
weekends (but not always in case of a last minute request, and never to the city center)
- I am in east part of town, about 20 minutes by transit to the center (or 4 km walking or cycling)
click here to visualize a map of the area
is at 740(MWF)/845(ThSS), dinner usually around 2115
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 one 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. There are every month some vegetarian friendly days, listed in the general availability calendar,
when vegetarian people may ask to have vegetarian food, while in all the other days who will cook has
the right to decide what to cook.
Since if you are vegetarian often the number of vegetarian friendly
days are in certain months too few, I can give you some extra days, as long you arrive on
tuesday, wednesday friday or saturday before 1845, in a day when there are
no other guest (usully when on that day are marked 5 available places, 7
on june-september) and it is not a last minute (less than 3 days in advance)
Read the specific page for more informations!
Please remember that in Italy «vegetarian» is one that anyway eat eggs and
cheese and drink wine and beer, but do not eat any kind of meat, including
policy says that when there is no people of the family, even the
guests are out. If I want not to be late at work, I have to exit
from home at 7:15 on Tuesday and sometimes Friday, at 845 the other days and unless
there is a prearranged plan, won't be home before 1940.
- Free internet access.
- If you have bicycles you can use my garage.
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.
On tuesday an sometimes friday I leave to work at 07:15,
the other days around 08:40
guests leave with me.
Do not make me be late!
- if you plan not to stay
with me for dinner on one of the evenings, please tell me at
least 3 days in advance. (preparation of certains typical food
certain times spans on more days and I don't want to throw away food).
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
budget. (average expense in 2018 has been 2,80 eur including drinks)
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.