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We woke up just in time to see the sunrise unfold over the Tuscan countryside. What an incredible sight it was from our hotel window - the Tuscan hills bathed in the warm light of the morning sun. After eating at the hotel's sumptuous breakfast buffet, we headed out. It was still early in the morning (around 7:30am) so except for us and a few …
... of Michelangelo, Galileo, Niccolo Medicci and Dante, as well as works by Donatello. On our way there, we walked through a little alleyway where school children were being let out for the day and families were there picking them up (no one was in a car; everyone walked or rode bikes). It was a very cute, Italian, everyday scene, and we enjoyed watching it unfold. All the parents picking up their kids had some kind of snack for them -- that must be some kind of tradition or regular ...
... into the B&B tells us that lots of people get send on that crazy big loop, which is why we should have followed her directions! She is a mine of information, gives us a map that actually works, unlike some of the others we have had, and marks on it points of interest and bus routes, numbers and stops. She also recommends a market street for leather goods and tells us that under no circumstances pay what they ask, you must haggle! Keen not to have ...
... very cool, we just had to get closer. So back outside in the heat (36degrees today) we had to line up again. After 45minutes of waiting we got back inside and we started the climb to the top. The stair case was very small getting more narrow as we got closer to the top. There was only enough room for people either to go up or down having little passing lanes part way through the climb. It is not for one who doesn't like heights or small spaces, as ...
... It was really cool to stand in the middle of the piazza and picture all of the craziness that goes on in there on the days of the races.
On Wednesday, I spent most of the day writing a paper for my class. We had eight different topics to choose from, and I chose to write a food diary on all of the foods that I’ve eaten here in Italy and how my diet habits have changed since my time here. I actually really enjoyed writing the paper because it was interesting to reflect ...
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Great place to stay
My husband and I just returned from Italy where we stayed at the Tourist House Ghiberti in Florence for two nights. The location, just around the corner from the Duomo, is excellent. You can walk anywhere you want from there. The breakfast served is more than sufficient no matter your tastes. It was great having (free!) internet acces from a computer right in your own room. Just to be warned, the b&b is in a building right across the street from the emergency entrance to a hospital. The sirens and other traffic can be pretty loud, but there is a double set of windows which helps some. The rate was a great one for winter. Overall it's a great place to stay. I would definitely recommend staying at the Tourist House Ghiberti.
Excellent Service, Excellent Location, Excellent Value
My wife and I just returned from our winter Italy trip. We highly recommend this charming Bed & Breakfast, mere minutes away from Florence's main major points (the Duomo, the Uffizi, the Strada supermarket, Santa Maria Novella train station). I was blown away by the cleanliness and decor of our room. Our fine English-speaking host, Claudio and his wife Christelle, made sure to make us feel right at home. With all of the amenities the Tourist House Ghiberti offers, it was pretty easy. Jacuzzi, spa, a great breakfast buffet, satellite T.V., fax, Internet service, superb mini-bar prices, heating, awesome interior decoration complete with modern art and beautiful ornate ceilings, and the list goes on and on. My wife and I had a great time at the Tourist House Ghiberti. We will definitely be staying here again. Thank you Claudio and Christelle.
A Total Haven
I cannot give this place more praise! From the outside, it looks like every other old building in the area. But, once you open the door to this fabulous bed and breakfast, you are truly amazed. The host could not have been nicer - very helpful, but lets you have your own space as well. The room was extremely spacious, with every modern amenity that you can think of - your own personal phone number, fax and computer with 24 hour free DSL, just to name a few. The location is ideal as well, just a couple of blocks down from Duomo and many nice restaurants and shopping. I would definitely recommend this to my friends and whenever we return for a visit, we will definitely be staying here. 5+ stars!!
Fabulous stay in Heart of Florence
With only two days to see all of Florence, we searched for a place to stay near the center of the city. After reading the reviews on Tripadvisor, we settled on Tourist House Ghiberti and were not disappointed. We did arrive around 8:30pm in the evening and though we had called to let them know, the owners seemed a little put off by this (or maybe they were just having a bad day). We were even later than we had planned due to the fact that we had trouble locating it and were driving, which is a bit frustrating in Florence with all of the one way streets near the center. Get good directions as the signage is often easily missed. Other than that, our stay was great. We did not spend a lot of time in our room but it was great to be able to come back and nap in the A/C before dinner. Our room was very large with high ceilings with a lovely fresco on the ceiling. Bathroom was great as per previous reviews. As was the breakfast - likely the best variety we found during our travels in Italy and they make a great fresh cappuccino. Breakfast can be eaten on a charming little outdoor area as well as inside. The owners also helped us with parking for our rental car which was just around the corner and only ended up costing 12 Euro per day which is much cheaper than most. Overall, a great place to stay in the center of Florence for a reasonable price (we paid 110 Euro per night at the end of August). I am always skeptical of booking online, sight unseen, but take my word for it - this one is worth it.
Modern conveniences right in your room!
This small tourist house was such a great find in Florence. The location was perfect - just behind the Duomo and the accommodations were top notch at a great price! The hotel offers so many modern conveniences in your room - satellite TV, high-speed internet, fax machine, air conditioning... The hotel also has an iron available for use. It was easy to send emails to our friends from the comfort of our room and the air conditioning was a must - especially in June when we were there. The typical European buffet breakfast provided ample food to start the day. With only a handful of rooms, the service was very personal. The hosts were gracious and gladly helped us with museum and restaurant reservations. We would definitely stay here again!
Two Thumbs Up! Way Up!
We stayed at the Tourist House Ghiberti (THG) for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The THG is run by a wonderful couple, Claudio and Christelle. Theyve had the place for about a year now and have thought of everything in the design of the THG. There are only 6 rooms so it is a very intimate setting with a lot of one-on-one support from Claudio and Christelle.We stayed in room 6 which was equipped with a king-size bed and a twin for our young children. The room was spacious, clean, and well-furnished/equipped. Claudio even includes a computer for internet access. This came in very handy when we were searching for sight-seeing tips and restaurant reviews. There is also a safe, a fax, a mini-bar/fridge, and a television with 300 channels. The bathroom was thoroughly modern with both a shower stall and a bathtub. The rooms are also equipped with an air conditioner which is important during the Firenze summer. The windows are double-paned so the city noise is kept outside for the most part. Which is important because THG is very close to the Doumo and the heart of the city.Its proximity to the heart of the city is extremely convenient. The farthest point we wanted to see (Pitti Palace) was only a 30 minute walk from the THG. After a long day of sight-seeing, we would come back and rest for a few hours before dinner, which doesnt start until 7:30 PM at the earliest, make sure to eat at the il Francescano by the Santa Croce.Breakfast is included with the room and is great. It is a European breakfast, so dont expect eggs, sausage, and bacon. What is served are great breads, pastries, fruit, yogurt, sliced luncheon meat, etc. We stayed at three hotels during our Italy Vacation and THGs breakfast spread was by far the best. Claudio is constantly checking on the spread and asking if you need anymore.We didnt take advantage of the sauna or the spa, we brought out small children so it would have been hard. However, after a long day of walking and sight-seeing both would have been great.I cant give enough praise for the THG. The price was very reasonable. We visited during a biannual fashion show so all the hotels were booked solid and jacked up there prices. Claudio didnt do this and we are very thankful to him and Christelle for making our stay so comfortable. This is by far the best hotel/bed and breakfast we have stayed at.
Thoroughly modern B&B
Very centrally located just a block behind the Duomo. Claudio and Christelle were gracious hosts and helpful with reservations, directions and miscellaneous local information. Our very spacious room was well equipped with king bed, triple armoire, color satelite TV, mini-bar, desk, electronic safe, direct-dial phone, fax phone, and high speed internet PC. The bathroom was spacious and modern with full tub, adjustable height showerhead, bidet, large sink, hair dryer, towel warmer, and motion sensor lighting. There is also a sauna and whirlpool tub for guest use (they provided thick white terry robes to wear to and from our room). Breakfast was a nice assortment of fresh breads and pastries including homemade cakes, cerals, fruit, yogurt, cheese, ham, coffees, teas, juices, and milk.
What A Great Deal
The Ghiberti Inn, or the Tourist House Ghiberti as it bills itself, is in the heart of Florence just 2 blocks away from the Duomo. Though you might pass right by its entrance, the location is perfect as you can easily walk anywhere of interest from this charming place. We entered through a security locked, large double wooden door into a gated entry way where were greeted by a most congenial man whom I believe is the owner. He speaks English quite well, and a few other languages too. Up one flight and we entered what does not look like or feel like a hotel, but more like a private residence with several large guest rooms on a single floor. Our room was large, clean and simply decorated (note that our "queen" bed was really 2 twins pushed together, but was quite comfortable). The bathroom was spacious, complete with bidet, very clean and with newer fixtures including a flexible shower massage. There is satellite TV, free internet access and faxing in your room, direct dial telephones and breakfast is included (cereals, fresh fruit, croissants, meats, cheeses, juice, coffee). There is a sauna and hottub available which come in handy after walking all day. We rated this 5 stars & excellent for its value, cleanliness, service, amenities and location. Rates start at 95 Euros during slow season, but most of the time expect to pay around 125-140 Euros, which is fabulous for what you get. We highly recommend this place, and hopefully when we get rid of our appointed President (that would be dubya Bush), the dollar will fare better against the Euro and this will be an even greater value.