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It was such a beautiful and relaxing place. Definitely a must stay if you want to get out if the city and into Tuscany.
I stayed at this hostel because I wanted to explore the Tuscan countryside. This place was a seminary turned into a villa. It felt like an authentic experience. Also, the hostel set up a dinner with a local farmer. It was an amazing experience! Wine, pasta, vineyards, it was one of the best experiences I had in Italy. They also helped me with a Vespa rental, which made going around the countryside even more fun. This place is a no frills, simple place with lots of character, not a fancy hostel.
Although a bit of a hike from the station it is definitely worth it, the guesthouse is beautiful and added with the atmosphere makes it my favourite hostel we've stayed in Italy. Certaldo is a cute town in itself, and is a great chilled out base for exploring Tuscany. Florence, Siena, and many more smaller towns are easily accessible by train/bus.
Great atmosphere. A little difficult to find at first and quite a walking distance to town. The old part of Certaldo is amazing and a must to visit. The road and railway line is close to the property so quite noisy. We had a double room with a shared bathroom, found we were locked out a bit.
- Novice Nomad
- Couple, 41+
- (1 review)
This place is magical! We had been travelling for nearly a month when we got there, and after all the tourism, and busy cities,it was like getting holidays from our holidays. We spent most of our time reading at the hammocks looking at the nature, feeling the sunshine and the wind (time so well spent!!). We didn't explore much around, but Certaldo is lovely neighborhood, with amazing (AND CHEAP) restaurants.Everything smell like flowers, at night you can see fireflies and the stars,amazing
Wonderful atmosphere. There are no locks on anything but you feel safe nonetheless. The property is beautiful and there is plenty of opportunity and desire to spend time just at the hostel (alone or with the new people you will meet). I really enjoyed my 3-night stay here and wish I could have booked another. The walk to and from the train station is a little tricky when you have luggage. It's completely worth it for the experience you get here, though.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
If you want a relaxing get away this is certainly the place to go to. We stayed here for two nights and it was perfect to unwind and relax in their hammocks under the sun. Pure bliss. Only negative comment was our bed was broken. The slats kept popping out which was really annoying. But meh! would stay here again in a heart beat
Amazing stay at this hostel. The only problem is that it's a bit far away from everything (train station, supermarket and even other Toscan cities). With that being said, if you want to get away a bit from big city centers, this place is perfect!
The historic building that the hostel is in is very cool, but it is quite old and you sense that in the facilities. For example, the door to our private room did not have a key, so we could not lock it. Also, the bathroom and shower facilities were not particularly nice. The setting of the hostel is incredible and beautiful, though, and we were ok making the sacrifice of comfort for the unique opportunity to stay in a beautiful place like this in Tuscany.
The most 'hostel' hostel experience I had throughout the trip. The amount of people I met in this hostel alone dwarfs the amount of people I met in the rest of my hostels combined. While the building isn't the newest (and it does look kinda scary when entering at night), it turned out to be a pleasant stay. Certaldo itself is definitely not a household name, but the surrounding towns, most notably San Gimignano are well worth a visit. In that sense, it made for a great base to work from.
I had a good stay there, met great people. Helpful staff
The staff was fantastic! The rooms were very clean. I wish I could have spent more time at the actual hostel because it had so much to offer. However, I only had one full day to see Florence so I had limited time to see the hostel. My advice would be to spend a day just at the hostel relaxing in the hammocks or grab a bike (free!) and bike around the lovely town. I definitely recommend this hostel! :)
The most chilled and beautiful hostel I've ever stayed in. Perfect solution for young travellers who are seeking good company and a picturesque Tuscan experience. Staff were helpful and where really genuine with their hints and organised pasta nights, wine tastings etc. They have bikes, which is awesome, though they need a few more. As for location, just to prepare you, it is at least an hr from anything, I was a bit skeptical at first, though needlessly. 4-6nights is perfect
Absolutely loved it here, was kind of tired of staying in cities so we decided to try something else. This place is nestled out in the Tuscan countryside. Certaldo is a small quaint town but it's got something going for it. We stayed in the building near the gate (forgot what it was called, there's two buildings). Great breakfast served every morning, full kitchen too. The best thing was the free rental bikes, they're janky but we had a blast bombing hills without brakes out in the countryside.
Probably the best hostel I stayed at during my backpacking trip. It's located in a smaller Tuscan city about an hour away from Florence by train (and a half-hour walk to the train station), but it's perfectly worth the distance. The step back from the big city really helps you appreciate and get the feel for Tuscany. The best part of this hostel is the atmosphere. It's an old monastery with multiple buildings and a little herb garden. The other hostelers were very down to earth as well.
Be prepared for the walk from the train station to the hostel! That aside, great kitchen facilities and peaceful location (you do get some noise from the trains and roads). Hammocks in their gardens are great, bring some insect repellent to keep the mosquitos away!!! Staff weren't overly helpful, give you a basic map and that's about it. Overall a good hostel to escape for a few days.
Great place to visit, relax and experiance the Tuscan lifestyle. We spent 4 night here and would highly recommend it to anyone considering staying.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 31-40
- (1 review)
I can't wait to go back! I extended my stay rather than stay in Florence. Great access to all of Tuscany- 50 mins train from Florence, closer to Siena. Be aware there is a 25 min walk from the Certaldo train station.
I can't recommend this place enough. The people who run this amazing property (Francesco, Sabrina, and Aleksandra) are incredibly nice and make sure you have a great stay. The property itself is beautiful. It's their family home but it was formerly a convent of Benedictine monks and dates to the end of the 13th century. The place has character, charm, and is everything someone could want while staying in Tuscany or near Florence. I originally booked 1 night ...but stayed 4! I wish it was longer.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 18-24
- (1 review)
The hostel was beautiful, the perfect follow-up to a long stay in Rome. The bike rentals were a great addition, and pizza night at the vineyard might be one of the highlights of my entire stay in Italy. My only suggestion would be mark the reception area a little more clearly to avoid embarrassing, intrusive mishaps. I think I could have ended up staying here for weeks if I didn't have to catch my flight!