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Ostello del Bigallo - Bigallo Hostel Reviews

Via Bigallo e Apparita, 14 Bagno a Ripoli, Florence, Italy

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288 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 70%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 90%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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Fantastic hostel, we really enjoyed our stay. We loved the location as we enjoy walking in countryside, however not ideal if you're trying to get back late at night due to unlit country roads. Otherwise not too hard to get to. (8/23 then 24 bus). The food was great and met some nice people, wine was really good too! Our alcove was clean and felt safe to leave our belongings in. Lovely garden and terrace. Staff were very pleasant and always happy to help. Could have stayed indefinitely.


So good. Thank you for having us! Alex and Harry


Amazing location and a truly unique experience, the only issue is the lack of public kitchen as it means you don't have many options for lunch and dinner meals and limits your independence. The provided breakfast is fantastic and the views are impossible to beat,just make sure you stamp your bus ticket on the way there or you may get fined!


Though a hike to reach, the scenery of this hostel is quite worth it. The terrace has a beautiful view of Florence, the garden is also lovely. However, I was there during a wedding and these lovely spaces were unavailable to us during one night of my stay. The pasta dinner (7€) that eveningalso consisted of bow tie pasta, tomatoes, and olive oil, hardly worth the money. I would inquire if there are other events happening there before you book your stay. Otherwise, the hostel was wonderful


Nicest hostel we have ever stayed at. Amazing for meeting people because of €7 pasta and wine in the evening. Bus ride (23A and 24) and easy uphill walk are definitely worth it. Beautiful views across Florence, great staff and comfortable beds. We are all already planning to come back next year.


The way from downtown Florence to the hostel is exhausting, you have to take 2 buses plus a 20 uphill walking, but once you're there the experience is nice. Eating pasta and drinking wine (7€) with your roomies while seeing the sunset is an amazing experience. The staff was always so kind and the info was useful. Beds weren't too great and the room was too hot during the night because there are not neither air conditioner not fans. I would recommend it only if you don't mind arriving so tired.

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Hi| Thanks for writing. These past days were really hot and we do not have air conditiong, being in the middle of the tuscan countryside and inside a historical building. Normally it isn't that hot, and in the evenings it is possible to enjoy some fresh breeze. Getting to us can be hard, especially the uphill walk but we think it is worth and gives an unique experience to our guests. The whole Bigallo staff sends you his best greetings


Very beautiful hostel, a converted monastery which is very picturesque and overlooks all of Florence from a distance. Lovely view at night. Staff are lovely, and pasta night is very homely. It is far too long out of Florence though, and a very hot 20 minute walk up a hill, and that's after catching 2 buses already. That is pretty much the only downside, but it is very hard to get into Florence.

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Hello! Thanks for writing and that you liked our Hostel. We are indeed a bit hard to get at, upon the southern hills of Florence, in the heart of tuscan countryside. We send you our best greetings - Bigallo staff


Great hostel and atmosphere. Lots of solo travelers so it was easy to meet people. Only downside is the distance from the city centre which is stated in HostelWorld. Pasta dinner and wine is worth it.

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Hello! It was our pleasure to have you here with us. That's right , we have a lot of solo travellers and so it is easy to meet; especially at PastaTime which is a moment of meeting all around the same table. Have a nice summertime, greetings from the whole Bigallo Staff


I regret not exploring the area surrounding the hostel, ask the staff about trails to explore. A relaxing escape from the city. If you enjoy history, pasta & wine dinners, and watching the sunset over Florence from high in the hills, stay here for a minimum of 2 nights. kind of a pain to get to (not a big deal if you make sure to have correct directions), and the bus stops running around 22:00. The city is too beautiful at night, so plan at least one night accommodation in the city center.


This hostel is beautiful, clean, spacious, super accommodating, and all together wonderful. I had a great experience while staying here. It is a bit far from the city center, but it felt like a perfect escape to return to at the end of the day. The staff and hospitality is top quality. Staying here allowed me to experience a different, more magical, and real side of Florence. I would definitely stay at Ostello del Bigallo again when I return.

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Hello, it was our pleasure to have you as our Guest. Many thanks for you review - reading it makes us really happy. So just come back !! Best greetings from all of us Bigallo Staff


Although quite far out from the centre of Florence, the location of this hostel was absolutely stunning. Amazing views over florence, brilliant house (once a monastery), big rooms, hot showers and good atmosphere. Staff were so lovely and so helpful. One downside however is there is no kitchen available for guests but nevertheless breakfast is amazing and great value for money!

  • 29th Jun 2015
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  • England
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Hello! Thanks a lot for writing and we are happy that you liked the Hostel. Having only one kitchen which is for internal use, it is difficult for us to make the kitchen available for guests. At evening we propose Pasta Time at €, 7,00, including also a glass of wine. We all send you our best greetings - Bigallo Staff


Ostello del Bigallo is the best hostel I've stayed at (and I've stayed at a lot). It's a very cool place about a 40 minute bus ride from Santa Maria Novella station. The distance is worth it not only because the hostel is great, but also because the views of Florence from there are unbeatable. There are big lockers that fit an entire pack and then some. The staff is incredibly friendly. They offer a 7 Euro dinner and wine which is great. I have nothing negative to say. Highly recommended!

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Hello! Nice to read your comment and know that you find our Hostel cool and great! Indeed you need to have a 40 minutes ride but then it is really worth to have Florence at your feet. Every night we offer Pasta time prepared directly by us. The whole Bigallo Staff sends you best greetings


Cool place to stay. Not at all worth the hassle of getting to the hostel. Dinner is a pricey 7€, no laundry close to the hostel, and wifi is only in two rooms near the front desk. I wouldn't come back.

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We are really sorry to read that you did not like your stay with us. Our pasta time at €. 7,00 is home made pasta and a glass of red wine; laundry service in not present at our Hostel as indicated on the information file on hostelworl- We decided to offer WiFi in all our common areas and not to have it in the dormitories or gardens ( which is tecnical very difficult for us being a antique building) Greetings - Bigallo Staff


I really enjoyed my stay here. The location is difficult to get to on foot, but manageable, and is situated with a beautiful view across Florence and the countryside. The atmosphere was great amongst the travellers staying here and the monastery was spacious with real character. Not the best place for quick and easy access to Florence without a car, but a great escape from the city for a short while.

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Hello! Thanks for this nice writing and it makes us happy you enjoyed staying with us! Just come back Our best greetings - Nathalie, Francesco and Tommaso


It's a wonderful hostel with a great view over the city. We booked the 24 persons dorm and it turned out that the huge room is divided by small cabins for 2 persons which gives you some privacy as well. It was clean and the staff was very helpful and friendly. The only thing is, that they didn't refill the breakfast buffet, the day I was there. But everything else was just great. The location is awesome! I highly recommend to go there. Especially when you have a motorbike or car.

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Hello! Fine to read your review and that you liked the place! Breakfast is from 07.30 till 09.30 and is a buffet with some home made cakes, bread and marmelade, ham and cheese, fruit juice and hot drinks and I suggest just to ask so that we can help to refill some breakfast. Maybe next time you come! Enjoy your trip. Our best greetings and it was nice to have you here!


So far and no wifi on room. All other things were excellent.

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Hello, thank you for your review! Bigallo Hostel is in the heart of Tuscan country, among beautiful olive trees and grapes..couldn't ever be in the center of Florence :) The fact that wi-fi is not in the room is a choice: we are a Social Cooperative, and we firmly do not want our guest to be closed and isolated in their rooms surfing the web: we want them to socialize!!! :) that's why in the common areas wi-fi signal is pretty good. Thank you for having been with us! Sincerely, Bigallo Staff.


great hostel, far from city centre tho and after eight it is hard to get to hostel (walking hours or taxi$$) but great staff and place!

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Thanks for the lovely comment. We know it is hard to get here but then the place offers you a stunning view of Florence in the heart of Tuscany!. Nice greetings form all of us!


The hostel is a little hard to reach, but it's advertised as such, and there are no surprises. It was such a beautiful and pleasant place to stay.

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Hello! Thanks a lot for your pleasant comment! Best greetings - Bigallo Staff!


Hostel is a good place to stay for one night, but it is far out of Florence so you'll have to reach it by car... Or walking really far! Fabulous views but there is no vibe at the hostel. The breakfast was not good but you'll be able to find something to eat to tie you over before getting lunch.


I loved my stay at here. It is a beautiful historic building and has a great location. It is a bit outside of the city but the view of Florence from the balcony makes up for it. It was nice to retreat back to the hostel after a busy day in Florence. The pasta suppers and the wine were delicious. The staff was very helpful when planning visits to Florence and it had a good atmosphere for meeting other travellers. I would highly recommend if you would like to see Florence and Tuscan countryside!

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