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Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d’Arbia

April 2016

For the second night of our Tuscany road trip, we put up at Hotel Borgo Antico located just off the SR2 at Monteroni d’Arbia. What a surprise that this hotel is such a nice hotel and a joy to stay. For once in many days, we felt staying in a full-fledged hotel. Regretted that we only stayed for one night.

We got a room right in-front and the views across the vineyard was fantastic as you can witness magnificent sunset.The free wi-fi was strong and stable and the heater warmed up the room in a couples of minutes. The room rate includes breakfast which is served in a dining area although selections are limited but adequate. Free parking is available across the road.

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d’Arbia

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Vineyard view from the window of our room.

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Heated hallway to our room.

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Two single beds. The white patches on one of the bed sheet are sun’s ray through the curtains.

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Small dressing table, mini fridge, heater & tea maker.

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Modern bathroom.

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Our room window on the right.

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Dining/breakfast room.

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Cozy area for meals.

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Breakfast selections.

Hotel Borgo Antico, Monteroni d'Arbia

Limited but varied breakfast selections.

Tuscany Road Trip

Tuscany Road Trip – Day 3

April 2016

We left Hotel Borgo Antico in Monteroni with a heavy heart to our next destination, Pisa. Whilst we are aware San Gimignano is along our route, we choose not to stop. We have read that cars needed to be parked outside of the town and then take a shuttle bus to reach San Gimignano. Not wanting to get into this hassle, we continued driving to Pisa.

Along the way, there was not much scenic views and most part of the journey was passing light commercial areas and eventually into the dual carriage highway into Pisa. There were a couple of spot worth turning our heads but isn’t captivating compared to the views of the previous days. The drive is slightly more than 2 hours and we reached Grand Hotel Bonanno by lunch time. There could have been a scenic route into Pisa but since we were using navigation app, this was the route presented to us. So, apologies for the dull post.

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There were a few spots like so, but nothing scenic compared to Pienza or La Foce.

Tuscany Road Trip

Passing through a small town.

Tuscany Road Trip

On the right road to Pisa.

Tuscany Road Trip

Route map from Monteroni to Pisa. A drive of slightly more than 2 hours. No tolls.

Tuscany Road Trip

Entering Pisa.

Tuscany Road Trip

Safely arrived Hotel Grand Bonanno, Pisa.                                                               Credit:lovelyhotels.it

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa

April 2016

Our hotel in Pisa was Grand Hotel Bonanno located less than a kilometre from the Leaning Tower. Fronting a viaduct, check-in is more conveniently done through the back entrance where the free parking lot is. It’s a full-fledged hotel with lift at very reasonable offer rate in April. Had our room been slightly bigger, it would have been very comfortable. Even though our room was fronting the viaduct, it was quiet and we had a good night’s sleep. Free wi-fi was stable and strong. Spacious lobby area and large breakfast cum dining hall. Fantastic range of breakfast selections even for the choice of hot drink.

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa

Hotel frontage facing the main road. Free parking at the back.

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa.

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa

Our room with twin single bed.

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa

Writing cum dressing table with built-in mini fridge. Electrically controlled shutter blinds.

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa

Bathroom.

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa

Hotel lobby & reception.

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa

Bar adjoining the reception.

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa

The huge breakfast selection.

Grand Hotel Bonanno, Pisa

Varieties of hot drinks to choose.