My adult daughters and I will be arriving Florence on Sept. 4th Because of certain flying issues my daughter has, we will be taking a train from Paris (ugh) and won't arrive Florence until either approx 5:25pm (if we take the 6:37am SNCF train, another ugh...) or until 7:41pm (if we take the 9:41 SNCF train)
If we arrive at 7:41pm, I'm pretty sure we won't be able to rent a car that night, and we are not staying in Florence, we are staying in the countryside.
I have two reservations for 4 nights and need to pick between them. (Note, we really don't want to stay one night in Florence as the whole packing/unpacking thing really takes a bite out of the enjoyment of travel, IMO... but it may end up being an option, I guess)
The two reservations we have:
Salvadonica in San Casciano in Val di Pesa: Beautiful triple suite for 3 people, nice view from restaurant terrace, highly rated, only 35 mins approx from Florence S.M.N. Not nearly the agriturismo experience we were originally looking for, but convenient and pretty. The hotel has already responded back to me with the offer of a transfer from S.M.N. if we'd like, then they can arrange a rental car in the morning.
Segreto di Pietrafitta in San Gimignano: Nice triple room for 3 people, gorgeous views over the towers of San Gimignano, highly rated, just about an hour from S.M.N. Closer to what we were looking for in experience and location. However, they haven't responded back to me after several queries (tried translating to Italian the 2nd time) with whether they can arrange a transfer, or if there are rental cars available nearby if we end up arriving too late to rent a car in Florence. Also, looks a little difficult to find? Slightly less expensive than Salvadonica.
We plan to visit Florence for one day only, and spend the rest of our time touring Tuscany scenery, with maybe a wine tasting as well. From our Tuscany stay, we need to take a train to Salerno for the next portion of our stay, so there is the logistics of that to take into consideration as well.
Which lodging would you pick of the two? I'm leaning towards Salvadonica even though it's not an agriturismo...