Italy Bed and Breakfast Suggestions?

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  1. Dad to GO

    Dad to GO Silver Member

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    My wife and I will be traveling to Italy in May and my wife has requested that we stay in a Bed and Breakfast while were there. We have 2 days and are hoping to find a B&B somewhere in the Tuscan region. She would love to stay at a B&B that is near wineries (or on one?) and out in the "counrtryside" not in a city. Do any of you have any suggestions on places you've stayed and enjoyed or where to find some good reviews?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I have used this site a few times. They have several hundred Tuscan places:
    http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/italy.html
    This one is similar:
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/tuscany-bed-and-breakfast/
    I have stayed in quite a few, and in a few monasteries also:
    http://www.monasterystays.com
    Check carefully for monastery stays because some are quite luxurious and others are distinctly spartan. All are clean and most have curfews. Almost all of them provide a nearly unique experience, and no two are alike. Some have vineyards and olive oil, as well as lots of other products. If you've a taste for a locally-flavored adventure this will do it. We have stayed in Italian monasteries for decades and never have regretted it. However, a handful of them are really set up as hotels for visiting clergy and don't have the charm you expect. make certain you look carefully to avoid those unless you just want cheap clean housing in otherwise expensive areas. There are a few of these along the Ligurian coast.
    My favorite near Florence is this one, which has vineyards also. I've stayed here several times:
    http://www.villadianella.it
    This place is a 16th century Medici hunting lodge and only has three rooms as B&B. It's in Empoli, about a half hour outside Florence. They sell their wine and olive oil. It is not cheap, but it is delightful. A GPS can be useful everywhere in Italy be also to find this place especially if you're arriving after dark.
     
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  3. you should also look at: http://www.agriturismo.it/en/

    These are farm properties where the owner has a few B&B type rooms and are generally near a winery in Tuscany. Some of these are very nice and generally better than B&B's in my opinion. we have stayed at several throughout Italy but none in Tuscany unfortunately and love them.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the tips and links. Definitely a lot of information to dive into and hopefully find the dream location my wife is looking for :)
     
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