Convents & Monasteries – Florence (Firenze)

Many convents and monasteries in Florence offer hospitality within striking distance of the Renaissance city’s historic center.


Featured photo: The towers of Badia Fiorentina and the Bargello along Via del Proconsolo in Florence, Italy.


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Convents & Monasteries Series

This is part of a series of ongoing blog posts about Italian convents and monasteries where I have stayed. I will update this page as I get to stay in more religious guesthouses in the future.

Check my main article on staying in convents and monasteries: the pros and cons, and what to expect when considering these accommodations.

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Florence (Firenze)

Florence (or Firenze [fi-REN-zeh]in Italian), the city of the Renaissance, needs no introduction. When visiting Florence, most people stay in hotels and B&Bs. But this city – with its world-famous Duomo, or Florence Cathedral, is home to many convents and monasteries that offer hospitality. I’ve stayed in some of them…

View of Florence's Duomo and the tower of Palazzo Vecchio from the Boboli Gardens. Firenze, Italy.
View of Florence’s Duomo and the tower of Palazzo Vecchio from the Boboli Gardens. Firenze, Italy.
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Sanctuary Firenze

Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Sanctuary Firenze - peace and beauty behind the convent. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Sanctuary Firenze – peace and beauty behind the convent. Firenze, Italy.

The Suore Oblate dell’Assunzione has been running the Sanctuary Firenze guesthouse since 1928. The convent is in a 15th-century palazzo just a few blocks from the Piazza della Signoria.

Highlights

The suore [SWO-reh] (nuns or sisters) were very warm and friendly. At the reception, they spoke good English. 

My single room was spare but roomy enough to accommodate a single bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, and a coat rack. The ensuite bathroom was spacious. Everything was clean.

Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Sanctuary Firenze - a small but comfortable bedroom. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Sanctuary Firenze – a small but comfortable bedroom. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Sanctuary Firenze - a clean, spacious ensuite bathroom. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Sanctuary Firenze – a clean, spacious ensuite bathroom. Firenze, Italy.

The convent guest house has a wonderful garden, and benches where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the small trees, roses, vines, and many other shrubs. Truly, an oasis in the middle of the city.

Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Sanctuary Firenze - a sunny garden with benches to relax in. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Sanctuary Firenze – a sunny garden with benches to relax in. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Sanctuary Firenze - a peaceful refuge within walking distance to Piazza della Signoria. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Sanctuary Firenze – a peaceful refuge within walking distance to Piazza della Signoria. Firenze, Italy.

Lots of sitting areas inside the guest house with period furnishings – especially welcome if you wish to escape the constraints of your small room.

There was a small elevator, so I didn’t have to carry my small but heavy luggage up the stairs.

The best thing about Sanctuary Firenze is that it is centrally located in the historic center of Florence:

Palazzo Vecchio/ Uffizi Gallery/ Piazza della Signoria – is an 11-minute, 0.6 mile walk from Sanctuary Firenze. Follow this Google maps walking route.

The train station Firenze Santa Maria Novella – is an 18-minute, 0.9 mile walk, or a 17-20 minute bus ride (bus #23 or #C2). Follow this Google maps walking route.

Lodging Summary for Sanctuary Firenze

Bed & breakfast rate (single):€55 in 2019
Distance from city center: ✅✅✅ (within historic center)
Breakfast:
Wi-Fi:✅ ✅ (in room, ok speed)
Check-in:from 12:00 noon
Check-out: by 9:00 am
Curfew:at 11:30 pm
Credit cards:Yes
Luggage storage:Yes
Laundry facility:No. See note below.
Onsite parking:No. Ask for options.
Elevator:Yes
Ensuite bathroom:Yes
Wardrobe/drawers in room:Yes
Desk/chair in room:Yes

LEGEND:

Distance from the city center or main attractions
✅ Must drive or take taxi/multiple bus/train ride
✅✅ Within 30-minute walk or short bus/train ride
✅✅✅ Within 15-minute walk

Breakfast offering
❌ No breakfast offered
✅ Basic: coffee, milk, juice, bread, jams, cereal, fruit
✅✅ Basic plus protein: above plus eggs or some meat
✅✅✅ Sumptuous breakfast buffet

Wi-fi coverage
❌ No Wi-fi
✅ Wi-fi only in common areas
✅✅ Room Wi-fi: adequate
✅✅✅ Room Wi-fi: strong

While Sanctuary Firenze does not have laundry facilities onsite, there are a couple of options within walking distance from the convent:

Sanctuary Firenze - no laundry facilities inside, but a laundromat just around the corner. Firenze, Italy.
  • There is an Express Wash – self-service laundry point at the corner of Borgo Pinti and Via degli Alfani, a 3-minute walk from the Sanctuary Firenze.
  • There is also a tourist laundry service farther down the road #44 on Via degli Alfani, very close to Express Wash in case you prefer someone else to do the laundry.

Contact & Address

Email: info@sanctuaryfirenze.com
Tel.: (39)334-3727669
Website: www.sanctuaryfirenze.com
Address: Borgo Pinti, 15, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

How to get there:  
From Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station (Firenze SMN), use Google maps for direction –
18 minutes on foot
➤ 17-20 minutes by bus (bus #23 or #C2 involve the least walking)
➤ 20-30 minutes by taxi

How the Sanctuary Firenze convent building and front door look like (No. 15 on the right):

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Istituto delle Suore di Santa Elisabetta

Istituto delle Suore di Santa Elisabetta is an active convent that provides hospitality just outside the town center – across the Arno River.

Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Santa Elisabetta offers hospitality across the Arno River. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Santa Elisabetta offers hospitality across the Arno River. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Santa Elisabetta's welcoming foyer. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Santa Elisabetta’s welcoming foyer. Firenze, Italy.

Highlights

Santa Elisabetta has 29 singles, doubles, triples and quadruples, almost all with private bath. I was given an airy double room with a large window to the street, and a spacious bathroom.

Convents & Monasteries in Florence: A large double bedroom at Santa Elisabetta. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence: A large double bedroom at Santa Elisabetta. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Santa Elisabetta - a spacious private bathroom. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Santa Elisabetta – a spacious private bathroom. Firenze, Italy.

There’s no elevator – just big wide flights of carpeted stone stairs leading up to the upper levels. A young and cheerful nun (I think it was Sr. Elisa) checked me in, and when I balked at the stairs, she quickly grabbed my small but heavy rolling luggage before I could say “è molto pesante!”, and she marched effortlessly up the 3 levels to my assigned room.

This young sister could speak good English. The other nuns seemed happy to entertain your Italian language practice!

Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Santa Elisabetta - dining room serving a simple breakfast. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence: Santa Elisabetta – dining room serving a simple breakfast. Firenze, Italy.

A generous breakfast (although it was the same every day) is served at the elegant dining room. They also assigned you a seat (name cards were on the table) – and this is how I met another American woman fellow blogger who became a friend during this trip.

There are sitting areas and a library for quiet time outside your room. The convent is more elegant, airy and newer than most in Florence.

Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Santa Elisabetta's gardens and ponds surround the convent. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Santa Elisabetta’s gardens and ponds surround the convent. Firenze, Italy.

Outside, the convent is surrounded by beautiful gardens and ponds with lots of benches and statuaries. Parking is available on the convent grounds.

Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Parking is available at Santa Elisabetta. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Parking is available at Santa Elisabetta. Firenze, Italy.

Lodging Summary for Santa Elisabetta

Bed & breakfast rate (single):€43 in 2018
Distance from city center: ✅✅
Breakfast:✅ (simple but filling)
Wi-Fi:✅✅ (some flaky periods)
Check-in:from 12:00 noon
Check-out: by 10:00 am
Curfew:at 11:00 pm
Credit cards:No
Luggage storage:Yes
Laundry facility:No
Onsite parking:Yes
Elevator:No
Ensuite bathroom:Yes
Wardrobe/drawers in room:Yes
Desk/chair in room:Yes

LEGEND:

Distance from the city center or main attractions
✅ Must drive or take taxi/multiple bus/train ride
✅✅ Within 30-minute walk or short bus/train ride
✅✅✅ Within 15-minute walk

Breakfast offering
❌ No breakfast offered
✅ Basic: coffee, milk, juice, bread, jams, cereal, fruit
✅✅ Basic plus protein: above plus eggs or some meat
✅✅✅ Sumptuous breakfast buffet

Wi-fi coverage
❌ No Wi-fi
✅ Wi-fi only in common areas
✅✅ Room Wi-fi: adequate
✅✅✅ Room Wi-fi: strong

Contact & Address

Email: s.elisabetta.fi@tiscali.it
Tel.: (39)055-6811884
Website: https://www.csse-roma.com/domy-wypoczynkoweangielski
Address: Viale Michelangiolo, 46, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

How to get there:  
From Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station (Firenze SMN), use Google maps for direction –
➤ 22 minutes by bus (bus #C4 to Michelangiolo Ferrucci stop, then 5 minutes walk up the Viale Michelangiolo; check Google maps for other options)
➤ 10-20 minutes by taxi depending on traffic

How the Santa Elisabetta convent building and front door look like (No. 46 on the right):

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Casa per Ferie Regina del Santo Rosario

The Suore di San Filippo Neri operates the Casa per Ferie Regina del Santo Rosario which is located north of the Florence town center.

Casa Regina del Santo Rosario - an Italian convent within Firenze city center.
Casa Regina del Santo Rosario – an Italian convent within Firenze city center.

Highlights

The guest house has 2 doubles, 18 singles, 6 of the rooms have a private bath, others have 2 singles sharing a bathroom. I had one of these singles with a shared bathroom when I stayed in 2018.

Convents & Monasteries in Florence. A simple room with a single bed, wardrobe, desk, and chair at Casa Regina del Santo Rosario. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. A simple room with a single bed, wardrobe, desk, and chair at Casa Regina del Santo Rosario. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. The bathroom shared by 2 single rooms at Casa Regina del Santo Rosario. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. The bathroom shared by 2 single rooms at Casa Regina del Santo Rosario. Firenze, Italy.

The sisters who interacted with me at the reception and dining hall were nice and can speak good English. 

There is a breakfast room, sitting areas, TV room. The living areas are furnished with antique or turn-of-the previous century furnishings.

Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Casa Regina del Santo Rosario's sitting room which looks out into the garden. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Casa Regina del Santo Rosario’s sitting room which looks out into the garden. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Casa Regina del Santo Rosario's dining room where a simple breakfast is served in the mornings. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. Casa Regina del Santo Rosario’s dining room where a simple breakfast is served in the mornings. Firenze, Italy.

The convent has a small garden in the back with tables and chairs.

There is a washing machine in one of the outbuildings in the backyard – one of the sisters can help you figure out the settings.  

Convents & Monasteries in Florence. The gardens of Casa Regina del Santo Rosario. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. The gardens of Casa Regina del Santo Rosario. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. The gardens of Casa Regina del Santo Rosario. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. The gardens of Casa Regina del Santo Rosario. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. The gardens of Casa Regina del Santo Rosario. Firenze, Italy.
Convents & Monasteries in Florence. The gardens of Casa Regina del Santo Rosario. Firenze, Italy.

No parking available on convent grounds – but there’s public parking close by – ask the sisters.

The Casa per Ferie Regina del Santo Rosario is less than a mile north of Piazza della Signoria (17-18 minutes on foot) or 18 minutes by bus (#23 Santissima Annunziata).

Lodging Summary for Casa per Ferie Regina del Santo Rosario

Bed & breakfast rate (single):€47 in 2018
Distance from city center: ✅✅✅
Breakfast:
Wi-Fi:✅ ✅
Check-in:from 10:30 am
Check-out: by 10:30 am
Curfew:?
Credit cards:Yes
Luggage storage:Yes
Laundry facility:Yes
Onsite parking:No. Ask for options.
Elevator:No
Ensuite bathroom:Yes / Others have shared
Wardrobe/drawers in room:Yes
Desk/chair in room:Yes

LEGEND:

Distance from the city center or main attractions
✅ Must drive or take taxi/multiple bus/train ride
✅✅ Within 30-minute walk or short bus/train ride
✅✅✅ Within 15-minute walk

Breakfast offering
❌ No breakfast offered
✅ Basic: coffee, milk, juice, bread, jams, cereal, fruit
✅✅ Basic plus protein: above plus eggs or some meat
✅✅✅ Sumptuous breakfast buffet

Wi-fi coverage
❌ No Wi-fi
✅ Wi-fi only in common areas
✅✅ Room Wi-fi: adequate
✅✅✅ Room Wi-fi: strong

Contact & Address

Email-1: info@casareginadelsantorosario.it
Email-2: crsrfirenze@gmail.com
Tel.: (39)055-2477636
Website: http://www.casareginadelsantorosario.it/eng/ 
Address: Via Giuseppe Giusti, 35, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

How to get there:  
From Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station (Firenze SMN), use Google maps for direction –
21 minutes walk (1 mile)
➤ 12 minutes by bus (bus #6 and #14 to Santissima Annunziata stop, then 4 minutes walk Via G. Giusti; check Google maps for other options)
➤ 8-16 minutes by taxi depending on traffic

How the Casa per Ferie Regina del Santo Rosario convent building and front door look like (No. 35 on the right):

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