La Residenza del Proconsolo
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Monday, October 14
Sad to leave beautiful Tuscany, but time for new adventures. Drove back to Chiusi, returned the car, hopped on train for a 3 1/2 hour train ride to Florence. A short taxi ride brings us to our lodging, La Residenza del Proconsolo, a B&B in a 15th Century Mansion that is two hundred meters from the famous Uffizi …
... in 45 yrs when I was here- the few Greek and Roman sculptures and the Medieval and early Renaissance works with a only a few absolute stand-outs and some gorgeous views through some windows. Wont even try to describe anything. The crowds were significant and I dove hither and thither against the tide (my nature, I guess) to avoid the worst of it.Hungry, arrived back home to tackle the dreaded Travel card issue, which on first try didn't ...
... Why would I when there is a perfectly good replica outside!
Making our way through the crowds, we wanted to end our night to see the amazing Duomo! The Duomo is pretty breathtaking. Built with pure marble made us gaze in awe! We loved it so much we decided to eat dinner and a quaint little restaurant within the piazza overlooking the Duomo. We both ate pasta that was to die for and drank 3 bottles ...
... this city may have faded with time like so many other important cities of the past. Instead, it changed the world.
Sure, when it comes down to it, it's just a cathedral. There are a million cathedrals in Europe, some far older and grander than this. This building, and Firenze by extension, rooted in the ancient and the medieval age, blossomed in the Renaissance, evolved in the following centuries, and still finds itself under ...
... and walked throughout the property until we saw the entire thing. It wasn't the same as seeing David in person but it was still a lot of fun.
That night we had round 2 at Space Club and this time it was a lot crazier! It stayed open all night and there were so many people there! We did the same routine of karaoke then dancing but there was a lot more of the people from our group went out and a lot more Italians as well. So we sang and danced ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLa Residenza del Proconsolo Florence
The location is perfect for walking to all the major sites. A taxi stand is just a block away if needed. Breakfast served in room is nice perk.
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Residenza del Proconsolo Florence
Lovely hotel and great location
Have just returned from our first visit to Florence. Stayed at la residenza del proconsolo which was really lovely. The position was incredible with everything that we wanted to see on the doorstep. the duomo was a stone's throw away and the sound of the bells in the evening was just the best ever. the owners were discreet yet very helpful and our room Dante absolutely enormous although a little dark during the day, it looked out over the back of the building but that also cut out the noise from the street. The bathroom was great although the bath was a little difficult to get into . It certainly had Italian style. breakfast was brought to our room each day and the rolls were always warm. We would definetely stay again and recommend it highly.
Great location, lovely room
Had read the reviews so booked this hotel. Wasn't disapointed. We found it slightly hard to find though, walked up and down the street a few times before realising where it was (located at top of the street beside a snack bar). It just didnt look like hotel from outside, large wooden doors were closed. Charming man came down and brought up our suitcases up a long narrow flight of stairs. Showed us to our room and it was beautiful, large double bed, high ceilings, and bathroom was big and spacious. Breakfast was brought to our room at whatever time you want. Great location as well, right beside everything. Its only a 6-10 min walk to the train station as well. Highly recommend this hotel.
Romantic and Perfect Location
The location is prime, especially if this is your first time in Florence, like it was for us. From the train station, we took a taxi and then realized we could have walked (which we did when we left.) It was perfect, right across the street from the Duomo. Everything was walking distance, especially Uffizi, David, etc.
HUGE! We loved it. We stayed in the Leonardo Da Vinci room with the view of the Duomo when you open the window. The room was twice the size of the European standard. It had a canopy bed, fireplace, high ceiling with chocolate wooden beams. The bathroom was big as well including a hydro-massage whirlpool tub. The room was clean, well-kept and absolutely romantic and beautiful.
A nice breakfast was included in our price; a good start for the day. The hosts would bring it to the room at our requested time. The cappuccino was so delicious. Paola and Roberto were so sweet and even gave us a bottle of wine because we were on our honeymoon.
It was a great pick. We paid 105 euros and it was worth it plus more. (Remember December is low season and cold) The pictures do not do it justice. You must stay here for yourselves. We would stay here again and definitely recommend this hotel. EXCELLENT!
A Gem in a great location
My husband and I spent 6 nights, Nov 19 to Nov 25, and had a lovely stay. Paola and Roberto are gracious hosts and and the Residenza is beautiful. We stayed in the Leonardo room which has a view of the Duomo and I really enjoyed the tolling bells of the Campanile. The bed is large and comfortable and a very nice continental breakfast is served in your room. The location really can't be beat. Some may feel the rooms facing Via del Proconsolo are too noisy (I live in NYC on a main street so nothing seems noisy to me!)but I understand there are also rooms facing the rear of the building. The rooms themselves are soundproof - after all, the stone walls are centuries old! Even in the off season, I cannot believe the value.
Loved La Residneza del Proconsolo
If anything, the Trip Advisor reviews on this simple B&B understate its attractiveness. This place is wonderful. Paola and Roberto are always there and willing to help with any questions, and will insist on carrying your bags up and down the rather long flight of stairs between their lobby and the street. Forget the cramped rooms that most of Europe is famous for, my room (Brunelleschi) had a ceiling of at least 12 feet, was luxuriously large, with a proportionately large bathroom. Joel was there every morning, at exactly the requested hour, with a quiet knock and breakfast.
The location couldn't be better, a direct view of the Duomo from the balcony. Next time I'm in Florence, I won't think too much about where to stay.
Amazing location and room
I would have no hesitataion in reccommending this fantastic B&B the room we had (one with a balcony and view of Duomo) was perfect tile floors high ceilings whirlpool bath we were well looked after and brought breakfast in bed you wont be disappointed.
A real delight at a good price
Stayed here on a driving/train trip from Rome to Amsterdam in June 2005. It is almost hard to believe this place, especially at the price.
Location: Couldn't ask for more. Front door is probably 20 steps from the Duomo. Walking to all of the central Florence attractions/restaurants is no problem.
Room: Very large (with especially high ceilings). The other couple travelling with us had a four-poster bed with beautiful curtains. We had a view of the Duomo (i.e. A Room with a View) from the balcony.
Amenities: Large bathroom. A/C which can be key on some days of the Italian summer. Breakfast (included with our rate) is served to you in your room based on an order the day before. Nice little table and chairs at which to take your hand delivered breakfast.
Price: Extremely, almost shockingly reasonable for what you get, especially as we went in the high season.
Fantantic View and Room - Mini Suite
We stayed in the Brunelleshi - a view with a balcony----we would just relax and look out the balcony - it was very refreshing after our arrival in Rome a few days before.
I even had fed express delivery (and mail after we travelled on) and Roberto and Paola were kind enough to mail it to me in the States.
Arriving late, due to the strike, and museums closed on arrival...I felt so at home and couldn't wait to return to our room and sip wine- La dolce vita
Michele and Richard
Amazing, wonderful B&B
My husband and I stayed Residenza Proconsolo Mar 13-17. It was the definitely the most wonderful place we stayed during our 11 day trip to Italy.
Upon arriving at the train station, we found a cab and gave him the name of the B&B and the address. He said he had not heard of it but could get us there by the address.
We arrived with no problems and from the outside, it appeared to be a private residence situated on a corner building facing the Duomo. We entered through the large wooden doors and foyer, climb the stairs and were greeted by Paola, the owner. She was quite nice and very helpful.
She or her husband Roberto were always present during daytime business hours and a housekeeper was there all the time. They had dinner recommendations, offered to call to make reservations for us, loaned us a corkskrew, plate, wineglasses, and a knife for the wine and salami we bought during our tour of the Chianti and directed us to a bakery for some bread. The housekeeper was lovely and kept the rooms *immaculately* clean. We had a lot of privacy but someone was always available to help us if we needed them.
We stayed in the Leonardo room and it was beautifully decorated. Really high wood beamed ceilings, terra cotta tiled floor, gold walls softened by the white of the linens and drapes & a canopy bed. Very romantic and relaxing, which was much needed after a day of all those frescos, sculpture and paintings. Excellent place just to let it all sink in. And a beautiful view of the Duomo! Sometimes I would just lean on the windowsill looking out the window watching all the people on the street below. I felt like I was visiting my own private vacation apartment in Florence.
The bathroom was as equally impressive. It had the same wooden beamed ceiling Lemon Yellow and White Tile and a tub with whirlpool jets. Oh yes, they call it the "hydrobath". It was a little narrow, but that must be common in Europe, because every place we have ever been, the tubs were really narrow. Everything was cleaned daily and even our towels that we had hung up were replaced.
If I had to compare it to something it would be that of a higher end B&B from the U.S. but better because it's in Florence!
Breakfast was brought to us every morning at the time we chose by the housekeeper and she makes a killer cappuccino with lots of froth.
My husband and I both agree this was the best place we have ever stayed during our various travels overseas and we can't wait to return.
Wonderful B&B, wonderful location
A friend and I just returned from an 7 day trip to Italy, 2 of those days were spent in Florence. We stayed at a great b&b located one block away from the Duomo, the Residenza del Proconsolo. I had found this b&b on one of many websites I had visited in researching the trip, and, boy, am I glad I found it! Roberto and Paolo were sensational to work with, and were so helpful. They made restaurant reservations and museum reservations for us and worked our reservation so that my friend, who hadn't been to Italy, got a "room with a view"....we stayed in the Leonardo one night, and the Bruneschelli the second night...it had a balcony! When we stepped out onto it, to our right we saw the Duomo and to our left the bell tower of the Bargello. The b&b is in a great location, 5 minutes to the Accademia, and 10 to the Uffici and the Pilazzo Vecchio. Breakfast was served in the room at whatever time the guest requests. The morning we left they stored our luggage while we took one last stroll around Florence before heading to the train station. The room was quiet and the beds were very comfortable. The bathrooms were large, tiled, very clean....lots of hot water.
Would definitely stay at Residenza del Proconsolo again.
By the way, don't confuse this B&B with 2 others of similar names. La Residenza and the Proconsolo Rooms are different b&b's that I know nothing about, so be careful if "googling" for "proconsolo" in Florence.