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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 ? What can I offer ? What I ask you ? To get a quicker reply and last minute requests... Some things you must know ...

Important notices for winter 2021-2022 (until 18 april 2022)
currently (january 2022, probably until end of february) bus services in the area are sometime disrupted: until fixed please, if you use bus services, take some extra time. this means that if you plan to arrive here by bus expect to be at bus station Villa Costanza no later than 1810 or at SMN station no later than 1940.
this disruption does not affect your trip if you come by train, so you can get even the train at 2022 from SMN still being on time, nor if you come by car or cycling.

Until 18 april I do not have any non-movable errand or task, so usually I should be able to receive you at the time more convenient for you.
This however is true only if you ask me at least three days in advance, since for last minute, if I had already set my schedule, this could not be longer true, and sometime I could not receive you before 2020.
I expect every night to have dinner together (cooking alternatively) so if you do not expect to spend all evenings here or not to have your day of cooking, look for another accommodation. This is the only non negotiable rule: it is not fair to have to remain home alone just to wait someone spending the night out, when you could have other options.
In the same period will not be planned in advance any vegetarian friendly day: 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[s] that will have their cooking turn;
If you are a group of 4 or more -up to 7- please read first here even if in the day you arrive do not appear enough free places

my e-mail address for contacts: leo5u9c@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 2022-01-21 I can host 3 people,
  • On 2022-01-22 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-01-23 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-01-24 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-01-25 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-01-26 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-01-27 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-01-28 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-01-29 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-01-30 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-01-31 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-01 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-02 I can host 3 people,
  • On 2022-02-03 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-04 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-05 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-06 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-07 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-08 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-09 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-10 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-11 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-12 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-13 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-14 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-15 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-16 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-17 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-18 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-19 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-20 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-21 I can host 5 people,
  • On 2022-02-22 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!
  • between 3 january and 16 april 2022 on monday usually I leave home around 10 and on saturday at 9. Mind it when making your sleeping plans.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: leo5u9c@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 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 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 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 accepted.

    What 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 of 4-7 people I can carve out two more places when availability in the calendar is 5 or sometime (on january and february) even 4 or 3.
    For last minute requests: I cannot accept same day requests from groups of 5 or more; smaller ones can try also last minute
    (but see notes on availability after the general availability calendar at beginning.
    BTW: between october and april I have available only 3 single beds, so if you are 4 or 5 you will get a double and two/tree single beds and if 6 or 7 two doubles and two/three singles.

    What can I offer ? home

    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 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, 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 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 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 the message.
    If I think we need a quicker turnaround in replies, I will send you a SMS or 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, 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 guests', 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.

    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 two different stations: Piazzale Montelungo and Villa Costanza. While Piazzale Montelungo is 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 5 and 24 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).
    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 expecially train services to/from that direction be sold-out. I recommend to buy such tickets at least 3 days in advance to avoid surprises.

    On sunday and public holydays (in 2022 they are 1/1 6/1 18/4 25/4 2/6 15/8 1/11 8/12 26/12) all public transit services start at 0600 (while on weekdays at 510), so take it in account if you have a long distance services leaving from a distant terminal early in the morning.

    About museums: check always the opening days on their site.
    Until november 2022 will not be any free opening day, but for the main state museums there is, from 2021-11-01 until 2022-02-26 the passepartout 5 offer that allow for 18 Euro the visit to Uffizi, Boboli, palazzo Pitti, Museo Archeologico nazionale, Opificio delle Pietre Dure. The only important thing to know is that Uffizi must be the first museum to be visited with this pass. Any kind of ticket used for Uffizi allow also a subsequent visit to Archologico and Pietre Dure , with the same rule. People age 18 to 24 (citizen of EU plus ch,li,no,is,uy) pay 2 euro for each entrance (this fare is valid also for Bargello and San Marco).