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... the midpoint of the bridge, in both directions, so we paused for a few minutes to take some pictures.
Returning to the north side of the river, we stumbled into Buca Poldo, a tiny ristorante on a side street not far west of the Piazza de Signoria, where we had our usual late lunch under a covered terrace along the side of a narrow, dead-end street. It turned out to be another delicious meal, with very friendly and attentive service.
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... was definitely busier than Lucca! And we realized we were now getting closer to Easter Sunday and the crowds would likely increase from here on out. The line to climb to the top of the Duomo was crazy and there were people everywhere. (Also, everyone was speaking English - American English. It was like being on a University campus. There is a large international student population in Florence and we could tell...)
... the 2014 hot priests calendar. Damn!
Michelangelo's David was incredible. I couldn't stop gawking at him. I walked around and around and around him. Such an impressive piece of work. A guy whispered in my ear "perfect ass huh?" I started cracking up. He totally busted me staring at the sculptures ass. How can you not though? The rest of Accademia was packed with renaissance paintings and sculptures - including some unfinished pieces by Michelangelo. I'm ...
... phone when you feel awkward walking down the street doing nothing. I want to be able to sit down and have a conversation with my friends and no other distractions. I want to be able to go outside and just read a book and not be distracted, I want to start reading the newspaper and looking at the things that go on around me and in history, I want to take on a new hobby, Its finally time for me to learn how to get from point A to Point B without GPS'ing my every move.
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Comfortable, Clean and Central
When we booked (Dec. 2004) we had not read any other review and so it was reassuring to find the Relais Il Campanile comfortable, clean and central. It is located near enough all the must see sights yet remains relatively quiet. The staff are friendly and helpful to non-Italian speaking guests. We would certainly stay here again.
Great B&B and very, very central
Just spent five nights here. It is excellent. 50 metres from the Duomo and no major attraction is more than 10 minutes walk away (also plenty of good value restaurants). Room with private shower and toilet was 93 Euros a night for a kingsize double in April (booked on the internet) and we could see the Dome from our bedroom window (by leaning out a little!). Owner is very polite and helpful. Breakfast is brought to your room when you ring down for it - basic but good enough to get you started promptly. Don't be put off to find Reception is up a fairly uninviting staircase behind a private front door. This is very common in Florence where most B&Bs seem to be above shops. Book here for good value, clean rooms and helpful service. (Station is an easy 10 - 15 minute walk if you want to avoid a taxi).
A Perfect Location !! My Fiancee and I stayed here in May 2004 for 3 nights and we loved it. It is a VERY short walk to both the Duomo and the Galleria del Accademia. It is also within easy walking distance to hte Uffizi gallery, Piazza del Signoria, the Straw market, and the Market near the train station. From the train station it is about an 8 block walk through a safe area. The entire city of Florence is very beautiful and the hotel area is very safe. We were never tenative around our hotel even very late at night and the hotel is in such a great spot that it is very easy to stop by in the middle of the day to drop off all the goods bought at the markets. The hotel was very clean and quiet. The rooms were big by European standards and the bathroom was typical for Europe (small) but very clean. Florence is fantastic ( not to mention pedestrian friendly) and we will always return to the Relais Il Campanile.
Me two friends and I spent a night at this Hotel in February 2005. It is a nice little hotel in an excellent location. The hotel is on a little street right by the Duomo and down the street from the Train Station which is very convenient. Everything is within walking distance. Both the room and the bathroom were very clean and of decent size. The owner was very helpful when ever we asked for anything and he spoke english very well. Overall our stay was wonderful and I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
My home in Florence!!
I am just back from six nights at the Campanile. It was hard to leave...
Leo, the owner/manager, is not just caring and accomodating, he goes out of his way to insure his guests needs are always met.
I had two rooms. My first, number one, was a single that can also be used as a double. The room was large, well decorated, charming and had lots of storage. The bathroom was also a good size.
My second room was number two. It is a double that can used as a twin as well. So, the bed is huge! It is beautifully done and the bathroom is a very good size. Again, there is plenty of storage.
The staff is pleasant and helpful. My room was always cleaned and my bed re-made. Both rooms were very quiet. The street itself is a quiet street steps from the Duomo. The San Lorenzo market is just a couple of blocks away, and there are many places to eat nearby. I'd recommend "ZA-ZA", as it is THE place to eat in the area, and is very affordable. It is also easy to walk to the Campanile from the train station. In fact, I was a woman traveling alone and I walked to the train station to catch the bus the airport at 6.30 am and It was no problem. I felt completely safe.
When staying here you feel an intimacy that one lacks at the bigger hotels. You are given keys so that you can come and go freely whenever you'd like. This is nice as you being to feel as if you really live there! And for me personally, I cannot imagine staying anywhere else. Leo even helped me book my hotel in Venice, and let me leave my luggage there when I left. It is these little things that truly make your stay here a happy one. Oh, and the prices are unbelievable for Florence. In fact there was a German couple that had been living there for two weeks while they were there taking a two week Italian class. They told me how much they, too, loved staying there... that says it all.
In a word? PERFECT.
Great hotel, great location
Stayed here for 4 nights in September and had a great time. The room and bathroom were very spacious for european standards. The room was extremely quiet for its central location (double paned windows).
You can walk everywhere from this location and the best gelato in the city is just down the street (ask Leo the manager).
Breakfast was enough but nothing fancy. Staff was warm and helpful, ask Leo everything because he knows it esp. music, food. He'll also help make reservations for the Uffizi and Academy which are a must.
If we're there again, it's where we'd stay.
Pretty nice digs
I found and booked this hotel over the internet. It's a few steps from the Duomo and on a side street that has acess to several other attractions in Florence. The room I was provided (single) was perfect for what I needed. There was a comfortable bed, plenty of storage space, a large bathroom and no shortage of hot water or towels. The staff brought me my breakfast every morning which was quite satisfactory. Some of my traveling friends shared a quad on the 3rd floor and they were not as pleased. One of their beds actually collapsed during the stay. There is also no lift, so all the bags had to be toted up a winding flight of stairs.
Nonetheless, the price was absolutely unbeatable. In off-season, I paid 45 euros per night. What I saved in my accommodation costs, I was able to use for dinging pleasure. Not without a flaw or two, this is still a great buy for the budget-conscious traveler who wants the basics in a comfortable package.
Charming, Good Location, Helpful Staff
I thought this place was lovely. It was clean, quiet and one block from the Duomo and on the same street as Accademia so the locate was great.
There are no elevators but your room would be either on the second or third floor anyway. There's air conditioning and breakfast at an extra cost.
The manager was very friendly and helpful - it was very freshing.
I would stay here again definitely! The price was good as well at 25 Euro per person per night for a shared room (two beds).
Great location and quiet!
We stayed at the Relais Il Campanile for four days in April of 2004. The experience began when we called to request that we store our luggage there for a couple of days while we travelled to Cinque Terre (we had been staying elsewhere in Florence for a few days). The staff was very gracious and allowed us to park the luggage in their breakfast room. Upon our return the luggage was still there, undisturbed, which was very reassuring as my carry on luggage had recently been stolen on a train. Our room was large and bright as was the bathroom. We loved it! The window overlooked the street which can be quite busy as it is the street upon which the Academia is located but there was no noise with the double glazed windows. Leaning out the window you can see the Duomo as it is just a half a block away. The stairs were a challenge when we were tired from a day of sightseeing, but typical of Europe and worth the effort. The staff was very helpful in making reservations for the Uffizi and for arranging our taxi to the airport. They even packed us a snack for breakfast the morning we left as we had to leave before they would be serving! We will stay at Relais Il Campanile again.
Great Bed and Breakfast in Florence!
In March 2003, we stayed in a private room with shower. The room was small, but cozy. The bed was good, and so was the shower and toilet. Since it was not the busy season, the stay was excellent. It was a tad cold, but I guess the winter had been unseasonably cold. The manager Leonardo was very nice and personable. He was helpful in telling us about Florence and the major sites, with some helpful suggestions. The european continental breakfast was good. The location is just a block north of the Duomo, so a great place to stay. A great value for the budget traveler!