Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: La Martellina B&B, Fiesole, Tuscany, Italy

Author: , April 1st, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

La Martellina B&B, Fiesole, Tuscany, ItalyWelcome to La Martellina B&B, a charming Tuscan bed and breakfast in a historic mill on the River Arno, just five kilometers south of Florence off the state highway to Arezzo.

Our Italian bed and breakfast is the perfect base for explorations Florence and Northern Tuscany, or as starting point for daytrips by car, trekking or hiking and bicycling through the Florentine or Tuscan countryside.

La Martellina offers guests a large garden, a pleasant and peaceful where you can relax, lulled by the murmuring of the Arno, after a day spent visiting area monuments and museums.

See the La Martellina B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Postcards From An Italian Adventure – Florence & Fiesole

Author: , June 16th, 2010

Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on an extended adventure in Italy. She has graciously agreed to let us republish her travel logs. Enjoy!

May 26th, 2010

Fiesole, ItalyBuon giorno,

Today is Wednesday already! How time flies when you are having fun!

Saturday was beautiful, so the ladies all went to the markets to do their last a minute shopping and to see more of Florence. I, of course, took everyone to San Ambrogio market in the morning.

We discovered the most wonderful hardware store ever… it had a little bit of everything in it. Tucked between the insoles for shoes was the kitchen appliances, some linens, actual Hardware items, like screwdrivers, light bulbs, but the store just kept going… there was a downstairs with a Christmas tree, among other things. It was better than going to Home Depot!

At Bella's TableAcross the street from that was a fabric store, and home decorating items. Eventually, we got over to the market to do our weekend grocery shopping. I was tired after that, so the ladies had to go to the street market without me.

That evening we had another good meal here at the apartment. We made panna cotta for dessert. Sunday again was a beautiful sunny day, so after our leisurely breakfast, some of us went up to Fiesole (picture above)  for the most wonderful view of Florence from a city that is even older than Florence.

No flat ground there, I can tell you, but the view was worth it. Two of the gals stayed in Florence and were finally able to get into the Bargello museum and see the other sights that we had not been able to see earlier.

Biking in LuccaAlthough three of the travelers had early flights on Tuesday and needed to pack, we nevertheless hopped on the train to Lucca early Monday morning.

Some of us walked the walls of the city and Thera rented bicycles and biked around.

We had a lovely lunch and came home to Florence around 6 p.m.

For our last evening together, we went to ZaZa restaurant.

Pasta from Magda and MassimoEarly Tuesday 4 of the ladies left us, Kristie and Ruth went to Pisa, Susan and I cleaned house. Massimo and Magda, our gracious Landlord and lady, came to dinner in the evening, and they even brought the main course, a wonderful clam pasta made with small clams from Viareggio, and they also brought sparkling wine go with the meal.

We had a great visit. I had made dessert, a plum clafoutis, which is French, sorry! But very good and not too sweet, to end our eating frenzy!,

Bella with her paperNow I am waiting for Christine and Kathy to arrive to make up our next journey. We will leave Friday for a three day stay in Venice, then up to Verona, then the Dolomites. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is not favorable, but we are going anyway.

My other computer crashed this morning so we are going to have a funeral for it later. Thank goodness I was finally able to access the internet with the iPad this morning.

love to all…

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