Albergo Diffuso Locanda Senio

Palazzuolo sul Senio, Florence
+39 0558 046019

A warm-hearted guest house with a Slow Food ethos in the dreamy Tuscan hills. For foodies and walkers, it's hard to beat


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 3

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Enjoy beautiful, seasonal, home-grown food: wild herbs, ‘forgotten’ fruits, prosciutto from rare breeds. Roberta’s dishes are creative, generous, and delicious, and if you stay three days, they offer you a cookery course.

Bathe beneath waterfalls; walk through meadows of flowers. This guest house up in the hills is much appreciated by hikers; the area is breathtakingly beautiful. Or spread your wings and catch a train to Florence (66km); the nearest station is a short drive. Wherever you go and whatever you do, ask James: his knowledge is second to none.

Return to the small hammam and sauna, or an afternoon swim in the sun. Bedrooms are divided between two buildings, with the more stylish rooms in the newest. If you’d love a log fire, choose a suite. For a spot in the sun, ‘Malva’ has a small private terrace.

Albergo Diffuso Locanda Senio - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Staying in a mountain village overlooking the Mugello valley
  • The exceptional food
  • The bedrooms in the 17th-century house, with their country antiques and small windows
Albergo Diffuso Locanda Senio - Gallery

You should know

  • The village is reached by mountainous roads
  • The nearest proper town is Marradi, 12km
  • It's not great for kids


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner from €35. Wine from €10.


Nightly price
from €150
Dinner, B&B €145-€170 per person.
6 Twin/doubles
From €150
2 Suites for 3
From €170



All I can say is that my mouth waters at the thought of visiting Ercole and Roberta's Locanda and eating under the pergola in the summer! Every dish comes with a herb from their garden and is heavenly. I want to treat myself to an overnight in the old building across the way, and savour the coziness of a medieval village home. Very special.

Heidi, Sawday's inspector

A great little hotel in the hills. Our bedroom was full of rustic charm and had a separate sitting room with a lovely log fire. The wellbeing centre was nice - slightly dated decor but nevertheless relaxing. The village is small with not much to see but nevertheless nice. The surrounding countryside looked stunning - wish we had more time to explore. The food in the hotel was really exceptional for the price - don't go here expecting to loose weight! The staff and owners were really very friendly and even gave our daughter a charming Italian book at the end of our stay. Well worth a visit.


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The neighbourhood

Quaint little Palazzuolo sul Senio lies in a fold in the hills between Florence and Bologna, with two restaurants and a river running through. The surrounding woods and hills offer wonderful walks for the trekker, with views across the valley to the distant plain of the Po. You can also go on customised visits to olive oil producers and wine domains, or visit local 'sagre'(food festivals). Let James organise it all.

Local points of interest from Ercole & Roberta Lega

  • The village of Palazzuolo sul Senio is found on the border of another very interesting Region being Emilia Romagna. Both Regions will ensure that your stay will give you even more opportunities of things to do, to see and to experience.
  • The local train station in Marradi (just 12 km away) offers a very simple and cheap way to travel directly to the main station in the centre of Florence and further on to other Tuscan destinations such as Lucca, Pisa and Arezzo.
  • Going the opposite direction into Emilia Romagna, one can reach very interesting places such as Bologna and Ravenna as well as Faenza, Brisighella, Cesena but even Parma and Modena.
  • The village of Palazzuolo sul Senio is a small calm Italian rural community with its restaurants, cafés, terraces, quaint shops, the market and naturally the friendly locals. Just walk down to the village for a caffe’, cappuccino or an aperitivo.
  • The village is surrounded by hills and woods therefore an ideal setting for walking, trekking, (mountain)biking, horseback riding or just simply relaxing.
  • Take part in cookery classes - Ercole will explain to you how to make the local food, with you as a guest-cook helping and making your own dishes in the kitchen with him. We can also organise wine tasting sessions at the wine producer itself.


Ercole & Roberta Lega

Ercole is the charming owner (brush up on your Italian) and his wife Roberta is chef. Together they have put their beloved home on the map after endless years of work. James, the English speaking manager, could well be your first point of contact.