🤗 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 group ? What can I offer ? What I ask you ? To get a quicker reply and last minute requests...
my e-mail address for contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
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 available!
The dates for which I can take in account requests at this time are:
In all other days it is the person that will cook that decides what to cook.
Howewer, since I understand that there are a lot of people that are sincerely vegetarian, but my region is not so vegetarian intensive, so they could have problem finding a suitable place, to help them, they may ask an additional vegetarian day also IF their arrival day is tuesday, wednesday, friday or saturday, AND is marked as having 5 available places. please note that in these extra VF days I might ask them to meet no later than 1900.
usually I will be able to confirm 100% for such days a couple weeks in advance, but in case you are still seeing the note for a closer date, it could mean also that on that days could be some special conditions or just cannot give an answer until a closer date, so ask only if you do not need an immediate unconditionate confirm.
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 stays that touch mondays are subject to final confirm only at a maximum of two weeks in advance.
my e-mail address for contacts: email@example.com
Preferred stay is 2 to 4 nights, but i can make exceptions
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 costraint, 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 you expect to arrive,
and also date and time 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 the list with complete names and e-mail of all the people in the 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 asked 3 or 4 days and you reduce to 2 or 3 in the same period- after i have confirmed, not necessarily means that you will still be accepted.
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)
However such large groups should plan their arrival only on tuesday wednesday friday or saturday (or thursday or sunday, but only if before 1045).
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:
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
Remember when you send arrival and leaving dates that, unless differently written, one assume that you arrive at my home between 2000 and 2030 on the arrival day, and leave around 0800 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 immediately.
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 â 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 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, 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 happy with the ones on
BEWELCOME or WARMSHOWERS, but not with ones
on FaceBook or HC), if the person that make the request has an
adequate hospitaly exchange experience, but i ask as a
minimum the person
that make the request to indicate name, gender, age, place of origin
and languages spoken, beside a personal contact, for each one in the group.
In particular I ask that all the people in the group share a common language with me.
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 arrive in the evening. 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 they arrive before lunch.