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We loved our stay in Pistoia - so close to the historic center of the city, less than 10 minute walk from train station and near great places to eat and stroll. Alberto's Son- Leonardo met us at the train station and accompanied us to the apartment where we also met his Wife - Isabella. Being accompanied to our apartment was very helpful in a city that we had never visited. Especially appreciated was Isabella and Leonardo's assistance in directing us to a free street parking slot within 100meters of the apartment. Alberto's apartment with a secured access, was spacious with two large bedrooms, large fully outfitted kitchen and fully equipped bathroom with bidet, toilet, shower, heated towel rack and sink. Each room had large tall windows with shutters that could be held in the open position or closed with ventilated louvers to allow air flow but restrict the light if desired. Each of the two bedrooms had queen sized beds and night stands with lighting. There were plenty of clean fresh towels, everything was very clean and there was plenty of closet space for hanging clothes if needed. The kitchen had large fridge, 4 burner stove, plenty of dishes and utensils and a nice table with 4 chairs. An added bonus was coffee maker with coffee pods provided and large mugs to enjoy a hot coffee in the mornings. So about the location. We were next to an ancient church and just minutes walk from a really cool Piazza Del la Salla with many restaurants, fresh produce venders, great cheese/wine shops and interesting side walk cafes serving reasonably priced drinks and dinners. If you are looking for a place that can accommodate a family of four or two couples and lets you experience the local community and get the best return on your vacation dollars while receiving the best customer service - stay at Alberto's in Pistoia.
Of the four place we stayed on our Tuscany trip, this beautiful property in Pistoia was our favorite.
We were there one week and I wish I could have stayed all summer. The space is beautifully decorated, very well equipped, comfortable and quiet. The kitchen was a joy to cook in and with a supermarket just minutes away we were able to stock up on groceries the first day. The beds were comfortable and the patio was lovely. Much time was spent on the patio dining, reading, enjoying a glass of wine or talking to our delightful hosts, Emiliano and Giancarlo.
These gentlemen took such good care of us it felt like we were family members. They went over and above what a typical host would do and for that we are forever grateful.
For a relaxing, Tuscan atmosphere, this is the place. I recommend having a car as it's quite a hike to town, but you won't regret booking this for the peaceful surrondings and stunning beauty of the place.
If I'm ever able to return, it will be for more than one week!
Thank you Emiliano and Giancarlo for your hospitality and friendship!