Hotel Centro Storico Residenza d'Epoca, apart from having a really long name, is also one of the top mid-range choices in the heart of Pisa. The history of the building dates back to the sixteenth century, when it belonged to the noble Orlandini del Beccuto family.
The hotel only has six rooms, so sometimes it is difficult to book one of them, but it is absolutely worth it. I loved the wooden beams on the ceiling of my bathroom, whilst the ceiling of the room itself was simply amazing. Covered in ornamental frescoes, it was the best interior decoration the room could possibly have. The ceilings, just like the lovely old tiled floors provide a great backdrop for the antique furnishing.
Amenities in this bed and breakfast equal the ones offered in three or four star establishments – quality toiletries, air conditioning, flat screen TVs and a mini bar, to name a few. In addition, it is definitely a boutique style property, with each room individually designed.
My room looked out on Corso Italia, the main pedestrianized street in Pisa, lined with retail stores, boutiques and cafes. It was quite engaging and fun to watch the stream of diverse people, both locals and tourists, passing through, or enjoying a quick espresso.
The B&B’s location is in fact as central as it gets - merely 50 meters from river Arno, which divides the city in two, 3 minutes walking distance from Palazzo Blu and just a convenient 15 minute stroll away from Piazza de Miracoli and the Leaning Tower.
All in all, despite the loud life that continues on Corso Italia until late hours (the hotel provides earplugs), this would be my personal choice for the next trip to Pisa, mostly because of the amazing price to quality ratio and the antique interiors I admired so much.
Paulina Hinz is a freelance travel writer and blogger at MyTravelStock.com.