We spent several nights in mid-November at B&B Monte Oliveto and were warmly hosted by the owner Donatella. She saw to our every comfort, especially with regard to breakfast, which she prepares pretty much from scratch everyday. She is an amazing cook and breakfast at Monte Oliveto is easily the best of many that we have experienced on our tours of Italy that range from Catania to Bolzano over many years. So this feature alone makes Monte Oliveto a standout. Breakfast is served in the dining room and we were joined by very pleasant guests from France and Slovakia--the former, a poet from Toulouse. What charming company! Breakfast is available bedside for a small service charge, as well. The room was spacious and immaculately kept, as was the bathroom. The B&B is just over the Arno from the center of Florence and is easily accessible by foot or bus. The Cappella Brancacci is just a very short walk away and the Pitti Place a few minutes beyond there.
Donatella is, in addition to being quite the hostess and chef, a talented artist, as well. While she does not have her art out for general display, she will happily show you her watercolors upon request. Do ask--they are quite good.
This is a highly recommended accommodation to spend as much time as you can give over to a visit to Florence. You will be shown the absolute best experience possible. Thank you, Donatella!