More than 7 million tourists pile into Florence each year, so it stands to reason that this small city suffers from serious overcrowding. Add severe traffic problems and the resulting levels of noise and pollution, and it’s not surprising that many visitors opt for accommodation that is situated outside the city centre. Luckily, Florence and its environs are well equipped with hotels and guesthouses that allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds. Here are four places to stay where you can enjoy fresh air, rural landscapes, and the relaxed ambiance of a country setting; two are within a pigeon’s spit of the Ponte Vecchio. While each is very different from the next, they have one characteristic in common: none of them feel like a hotel. You will be treated as if you were guests in a private home. So much so, in fact, that only the bill at the end of your stay will remind you otherwise.