my address: well ... i will not tell you.
... at least not now.
Most of the days, at the time I ask guests to arrive, I could be in one of
three other places; these places are all within three minutes from my home, so
in case I need to go there I may call the arriving guest and tell them
either to meet in that place, or just when arriving at a place 500 meter
from my home call me so I can go back home just in time.
To accomplish this of course the guest must have a working phone.
Unfortunately sometimes I have had guests that did something that annoyed
me and the other guests: that is, they deliberately gave me a phone number
of some other people, so when I called them to ask why they were late
replied a person that could speak only chinese, some 90 yr old ladies, and
so on (including in one case someone living 8 timezones east), or gave me
a phone that effectively was their one, but had not active roaming on the
day they arrive in Firenze or was out of credit, leaving me
and other guests unable to know if wait or start cooking, or forcing me
to go back home to wait for them at arranged time, leaving another job,
and then waiting sometimes for more than 40 minutes.
In october 2014 this happened two days in a row, so I came to a decisone
to give my address in two parts.
One, the most significant is described here, until point "X", at junction
of via del Guarlone and Via della Loggetta: that one is a point very close
to my home; the second part, the real address, that is less than 200 meters
from that place, will be told you by phone: I will call you at random time
some hours before arrival to the number from which you will have sent me the
confirmation SMS [my phone number is in the signature of all my email messages]
or called me.
Please no excuses telling that someone stole your phone the
day before. A phone complete with a sim can be got for less than 25 EUR !
So for now print the map (landscape and complete) and these istruction, and
answer my call when I will give you the last indication. Times and location
of bus stops are the ones in effect on 25 may 2017.
Please check anyway to have my address when you are arriving ... sometime
happen that for some reason is lost, so feel free to send me a sms asking to
resend it ... but remember that using GPS batterie get depleted quickly, so
make an hardcopy of the map.
Also I have to tell you that after 1900 the day of arrival I do not promise
quick reply to email messages and SMS so communicate only with voice
At end of this page there is also a section house rules so
when you arrive here are ready and could be more helpful.
Please follow these instruction (updated 18 september 2017) to
come to my home and avoid to ask people, since most of times when people got
lost or was very late had been because they asked someone (possibly
mispronouncing the name of places) for indications and
that people gave them contradictory informations.
Please do NOT rely on googlemaps: there are some errors that if you
travel by car are tolerable, but if you go walking they may let you lose up
to 40 minutes.
Walking from city center is 30 to 50 minutes according the position you
are. I know that bus service is shitty, and I have advised you.
Arriving late due to a wrong map or a wrong information or because you got
the wrong bus or the bus was late is never an acceptable excuse.
in short: I recommend to walk or, if lazy, use the train.
In case of doubt tell me the place of origin and time of departure and I
will send you detailed instructions.
Due to road works in the city from 26/5 expected to last until april 2018
bus services can in certain days be subject to delays up to 25 minutes
in direction east (to my house) and 20 minutes in diection west (to
the center). Please take this in account when planning or choosing to wake
up/get train/get bus/come back home.
From SMN station:
Bus 14 or 14A: exit from the exit on side of track 16, cross half of the
road and in the aisle in the middle you will find the stop "Stazione-Arrivi"
where there are lines 6 11 14 and 17. see HERE for a
It is important that you get 14 [direction RIPA] or 14A [direction GIRONE],
not 14B, 14C or 14CB that go in the other directions, and leave from a
different nearby stop! even if it passes in front of you
Get bus 14 (direction Ripa) or 14A (direction Girone) until the bus stop
Aretina-Varlungo (about 24 minutes trip). Bus 14/14A runs until around 1AM
and between 19 and 20 is every 6½ minutes. warning: Aretina-Varlungo is the
stop after Aretina3-Monzani and Casaccia: these three stops are extremely
close, so often there is not the time for the announcement for the second
or the third one if bus call at all the three (past Aretina03-Monzani
after the roundabout wait 90 meters, if the bus has not made Casaccia,
ask for the stop at that point).
After getting off at Varlungo01 cross the road on the pedestrian crossing
and in front of you should see a pedestrian underpass going under the
railway, get it and at northern exit turn right and follow the road,
after the light at crossing cross the road on
pedestrian crossing then turn right (in this moment you should be on the
bicyclelane on left of the road) until first crossing, where you turn left
into via della Loggetta, walk to the end where there is a shrine
and a big cypress. That one is point X marked on the map.
the other minute necessary to arrive at my home will be told by phone.
In case you miss the stop and arrive at Aretina07 or Aretina09 please remain
in the bus and get off only at "RIPA", from there go ahead, cross the road and go
ahead north to the railway station of rovezzano, cross the track and follow
the instruction below to come from there.
In case the first bus that passes is not a 14 but a 6, 11 or 17 get
it anyway, since at worst it can take you to piazza san Marco where you can
wait 14/14A but also get 20. Note that it is possible that in my message in
reply to your SMS I had expressely suggested to get 6 or 17, that have a stop
a bit farther tham my home than 14 and 20, but are easier to pick you if I
come by car.
Train at 1822Ⓒ(Sat-Sun only) 1922 1950X⚒(mon-sat,
change at CdM) 2022 2122 2208Ⓑ(xSa) 2318 from SMN
direction arezzo[chiusi], get off at the 2nd stop Firenze Rovezzano after 9
exit from side of track 4, at the exit on your left (NW) there
is field with a well marked footpath going toward the road (it looks to go
in a bush, but follow it). when on the road turn left (you should have the
bicicle lane on the other side of the road, on your right). At first
crossing turn right into via della Loggetta and follow same indication as
for line 14.
From bus terminals:
Bus for regional services [except services from Prato, Pistoia, Lucca,
Pisa and Palazzuolo] and Eurolines [but not all services] call at main bus
station in via santa Caterina. Exit from there from main entrance, turn left,
enter in SMN rail station and follow indications as for arriving by
train (at T1 terminal where you cross via alamanni there is a ticket vending
machine, get ticket there). There is a stop of 14 and 17 also a few meters
on the left.
Buses from Pisa call just outside train station, do the same.
Buses from Lucca/Pistoia/Prato/Palazzuolo call on largo Alinari, go toward the
station; do not enter but half way the crossing you should find
the bus 6/11/14/17 stop "stazione-arrivi"
Most long distance buses call in piazzale Montelungo. From there the
easier way is getting the ramp going into train station and follow the
indications from SMN station. An alternative is getting from there bus 4
until piazza San marco and there follow the indications "from the center"
From 12 june 2017 some lines of bus could change their terminal and the
timetable to call at the new terminal at Scandicci. In case it is one of
them you must get T1 from there to Via Alamanni (every 5 minutes, travel
time 23 minutes)
From the city center
if you are on the west part go to SMN station, if north
or in the middle go to piazza san Marco, if on eastern part better going
to viale Giovine Italia):
20 in piazza san Marco (side opposite to the church, stop "Piazza di San
Marco"), until terminal COMPARETTI (travel time 19 min) [last one at 2133,
later there is 20L that does not come here],
when you arrive at Comparetti terminal turn left (red line) into via della
chimera, along the bicycle lane, for about 80 m then turn left in via della
Loggetta, as said before for line 14 from station.
14 [direction RIPA] or 14A [direction GIRONE] from the same stop as bus
20, Piazza di San MArco, until stop Varlungo 01 (travel time normally 18 min).
From the eastern part of center (near piazza santa croce)
get bus 14/14A from viale Giovine Italia just north of via
From Rifredi station
if you arrive from Pisa, Lucca, Prato, Siena change here, if you arrive in
the 25 minutes before these trains, else continue to SMN
Train at 1640Ⓐ, 1850Ⓐ or 2040Ⓐ (these on monday to friday only ) direction
Montevarchi or 1952⚒ (this one monday to saturday) direction Arezzo,
Rovezzano is the third stop (travel time about 12 min)
bus 20 just outside main exit, on the right, some meter after the
railway ticket office, until end of line (travel time about 39 min, tickets
at newstand just at the exit from underpass).
From Campo Marte Station
1726† 1741X⚒ 1828Ⓒ 1902Ⓐ
1928 2001X⚒ 2028 2050Ⓐ 2128
until next stop Rovezzano (about 2 minutes. be ready!)
bus 20 to Comparetti at bus stop "gennarelli". from the tracks get the
pedestrian overpass, turning left (north) until the first stair going down on
the right side, at bottom of that stair, 7 meters on the right, there is bus
stop "gennarelli". from there is about 6 minutes by bus to "comparetti".
From piazzale Michelangelo
get bus 12 until "Amendola", it is the first stop after crossing the
river. then walk further about 20 meters until via Arnolfo, turn right on
the same sidewalk and after 80 meters there is bus stop "arnolfo" where you
may get bus 14 or 14A (about 10 minutes by bus to varlungo01)
WARNING bus ticket must be bought at newsstand or tobacconist, get more
ticket, also for the next day, a ticket costs 1.20€ and is valid for 90
minutes both on bus and trains, there is NO convenience to buy passes. There
are also vending machine at piazza san marco near the bus stop of 14/14A/20,
via Alamanni at T1 terminal and on the east side of piazza stazione, on the
island between the two lanes across the exit from station on side of track
16 (a few meter on left from the pedestrian crossing exiting from station).
If you have just arrived by a regional train, ticket to Firenze is still
valid for a train (NO bus) passage until Rovezzano, so no need to hurry for
a new ticket - this is a reason why i ask you to know which train you will
get [to tell you whether last leg is included or not]).
the house rules
These are some house rules, that guests should follow, to avoid
inconveniences. I try to put here in order of appearance:
Doorbell: there is my name on the doorbell, ring it and wait 40 seconds
for an answer. In case you do not get a reply it is possible I be out for a
few minutes, in that case go to the benches that are in the middle of the
park in front of the house and call me on the phone, so I can
immediately come to meet you. Never wait, expecially if with luggages, in
front of the door, nor enter if someone else open the main door. (please do
not call me asking "what is the apartment number?" since that nubere is not
on the doorbell, just the name, here !
Shoes: there is no shoe code in the house, so you can choose to keep
or remove shoes. Howewer there is a standard consuetude that if you get off
the shoes you will store it in the balcony outside your room. So if you are
used to take off shoes wait to do it until I have introduced to your room.
Wifi: there is wifi in the house. The instruction to use it are in a
sheet hung in each room.
Fridge and laundry: Space in the fridge is limited. In case you have
something to put in the fridge please "book" the space telling exactly what you need to
put and its size. tell this not last minute but when you send the
confirmation SMS. The same terms apply in case you need to make laundry (in
this latter case, in case you need a full load a contribute is welcome).
Do not forget that food in the fridge and towels driyng are the most common
After eating: After dinner please DO NOT take dirty plates,
cutlery out of the table unless I explicitly tell you to do it; since these
items have to be stacked in a certain way in the dishwasher better that only
I do it, if you did it in the wrong way it is three times work for me.
Shower and bathroom: no shower between 0700 and 1200, so if you are a
morning showerer try to adjust to this rule.
Printer and Computer: The printer for computer not always is properly
working, so please do not assume that is always available. If you really need
to print something (max 2 pages per guest) better send me the pdf file at
least 48 hours before the time you need it so I can find a way to print it.
In the living room there is a small computer that is available on request to
Leaving: greeting is usually welcome but please if you leave early
before I have got up, do not knock my door to say goodbie!
Gifts: if you are the guests that likes to give a gift to you host
please avoid to take: valuable items (it is against the free hospitality);
perisheable ones (nothing with a residual shelf life less than 6 months);
things that you have bought locally (if I wanted it I woud have already
bought); bulk items (if I occupy the space with bulk items, would remain
less space for my guests);
Wine:In some places it is a common custom to take a bottle af wine for
dinner. Please avoid to do this at my home: Every meal has a specific kind
of drink to pair. Who cooks chooses also the drink, so 96% of cases the
bottle carried is just stored away.