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,
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 whom you will have sent me the
confirmation SMS [my phone number is in the signature of all messges]
or called me. Please no excuses telling that someone stole your phone the
day before. A phone with a sim can be get 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.
I will have already told you in the message when I send you complete
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 ask only with voice calls, and when
arriving ring directly the doorbell.
From the center:
Arrive to the river and follow it upstream on the right bank (that is the
northern one) going toward east until you arrive to via De Nicola. You can
easily spot it since it is in a place where the road part a few meters
from the river, there is a theater on the right [ask for Tuscany Hall] and more
evident a roundabout.
I have had
many people that arrived late, up to
2 hours, since they asked people the way to come here, and due to
miscommunication or ignorance of the people asked, get rerouted throuh much
If you are late due a wrong information it will be due to YOUR fault.
Same if you do not answer my phone call in case I am going to suggest an
alternate route in case I got aware of last minute diversion, or traffic
problem. Feel free to call me (voice) if you are even just a bit lost.
There turn left into via della Casaccia, at next roundabout continue straight
into the underpass under the railway, and at next very oblongated roundabout
get the second right, via del Guarlone, you will arrive at point X;
the last 200 meter will be given when you send the confirmation SMS.
From Pontassieve (SS67)
After the city limit sign and passing over the railway, continue in via Rocca
Tedalda (right on the big roundabout), then at a small roundabout right
in via Corilla under the railways and then turn left and continue until a
crossing with light where is bus 20 terminal;
immediately behind the bus terminal turn right and then left into via
Comparetti, at crossing with via del Guarlone turn right as described above
From Bagno a Ripoli/Candeli
from viale Europa follow the signs to Fièsole/Stadio,
get on the upper level of ponte di Varlungo, at the end stay on the two leftmost lanes, turn
left and at the roundabout (see note above) turn right in via della
casaccia as for coming from the city center.
From highway A1
exit on exit Firenze Sud, stay on left lanes at toll
booths, and continue ahead, then follow as from Bagno a Ripoli
From via Chiantigiana
follow the indication to A1, but at junction befor entrance
turn right following signs to Fièsole-Stadio as for coming from Bagno
a Ripoli/viale Europa
From Borgo San Lorenzo (SR302)
when you arrive at Vetta le Croci turn left on SP54 direction
Fièsole until km 2, Baccano, where you turn left into SP55,
following signs to Montebeni-Vincigliata. Keep right on the next two junction
always following signs to Vincigliata until at the end of the road you arrive
at Ponte a Mensola, where you turn right into via d'Annunzio and after about
200 m turn on the third left, via del Gignoro, at first junction turn right,
passing between the football fields turn right at the next one, until you
arrive at big roundabout (piazza San Bartolomeo),
where you turn toward left in the roundabout: at the third roundabout
turn left into via Pasquali, between the houses, keep going left and turn
left into via del Guarlone.
From Vaglia (SR65)
When you arrive at Pratolino, on top of the pass, you have two options:
one more scenic to go left to Vetta le Croci and follow same indications as
if coming from from SR302, else go straight down until il Cionfo where you
may turn left into via Salviati and go further down until the crossing with
via Faentina, then go right until piazza delle Cure,
then viale dei Mille >and at the 4th light right into via Marconi, then left
via del Pratellino and right in via del Campo d'Arrigo. at the end left and
immediately right in via Tito Speri, continue into via Andrea del Sarto, and
right via del Mezzetta until the end, where you will do 3 quarters of the
roundabout to continue in via del Guarlone.
from other directions
by car get A1 and exit Firenze Sud