Places To Stay In Italy: Palazzo Feroci, Pisa
Pisa is a fantastic place in Tuscany to visit for food and culture and whilst I think you only need a day to see it all, because the trains are so cheap I think it also makes a great, affordable base from which to explore the rest of Tuscany. To that end, I think it is an excellent place to lay your head, and after our stay there at the end of September, I don’t think you can go wrong with boutique hotel Palazzo Feroci, located just 10 minutes walk from the main tourist sites, but more importantly within walking distance of some of Pisa’s best restaurants.
Renovated in 2021, we loved the simple clean style taking notice of the building’s historical details, whilst having super friendly staff, wonderfully comfortable beds with soft pillows and good towels, high speed Wifi, a complimentary mini bottle of the local red wine to welcome us, and an excellent breakfast included every morning.
We booked one of their Superior rooms, which was perfect for us as a couple to explore the city (as well as Florence by train) from. We paid £420 for two nights, but the hotel is also a great place to get a last minute deal: our friends stayed in one of the Panoramic suites with a balcony and sitting room (they had their baby with them and the extra space came in handy!) for roughly the same per night booking the week before, rather than 4 months before.
Also great for travellers it does not matter what time you need to check in: if the front desk is closed, there are coded drop boxes for keys after you’ve used the code the hotel will WhatsApp you a few days before to access the building, which you’ll need to get in and out whilst you’re staying there.
Whilst I think it is going to take quite some bathroom setup to top the one we had in our room at Hotel Motto in Vienna, I loved everything about it from the excellent shower, simple tiled walls, painted murals to the brilliant toiletries. I think bathrooms matter a lot more when you’re travelling and this was an excellent one!
Breakfast took place every morning in the courtyard which connects the hotel from the adjoining cafe. Included in the price were either good eggs and bacon (literally my only complaint was that they were under-salted both mornings I had them) or a bowl of fresh fruit, yogurt and granola.
Then, alongside that you get to choose from the dissying array of croissants: from memory almond and cream (which we had and were excellent), berry, plain, and one more I’m sure of it, as well as both a juice (get the peach) and a hot drink – coffee for the coffee drinkers as we were in Italy after all, but apparently the hot chocolate was also great, and the pot of green tea I had before we left for the airport – my first in days – was very much needed!
Palazzo Feroci is a gem of a hotel in the heart of Pisa I’m so glad my hours of research threw out, which the four of us as a couple and a family with quite different needs all loved. You can book a room here, and stay tuned for my upcoming Tuscany food guide, Pisa guide and Siena guide!