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Our last day of vacation, and while we have had an amazing time, we are both ready to be home, in our own bed and with clean clothes. While we are both used to traveling, being gone for two weeks is still a bit long. We had decided that our weekend in Florence would be relaxing and we would not feel obligated to be on the go the entire day. So, of …
This morning we woke up not to open windows and birds chirping, but to silence. And, that was a good thing! Unlike the peaceful Tuscan countryside, Florence is all city, with the sounds that go along with it, such as horns, yelling and carts being hauled across old roads made of stone. So, we are happy that our hotel has extremely well made windows …
Wow, can't believe it is our last day with Backroads. In a few hours we will be dropped back off at the Florence train station, where 6 days ago we all started the journey. In those days we have made new friends, conquered fears of hills (both up and down), compared bruises, scrapes and other assorted ouches, enjoyed amazing views, local scenery, …
Ah Florence, as I write this I am thinking back to our time there and I'm getting goosebumps! We really loved this city. From the moment we stepped foot on the streets we felt the vibe and beauty of the city....... It had it's own thing going on compared to any of the other Italian cities we visited. The people, the streets, the shopping, the food …
... person wound around each other in tortured poses). Cosimo 1 was the first Medici to have a royal title apparently. He and his wife had quite a lot of rooms, decorated in different styles, all with lots of paintings and amazing scenery. The Medici's had a second palace on the other side of the river and the Pont Vecchio ( bridge) had a covered upper walkway for them to go between the 2. We walked across the Pont (lots of jewellery stalls) and headed home. We both agree Florence needs more ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Relais Cavalcanti Florence
This was our favorite hotel in Italy. We stayed for one night in mid February and had a fabulous time. It was extremely quiet, the location is excellent, and the bathroom is beautiful.
We spent a few days at the Relais Cavalcanati in December and we would not stay anywhere else in our next trip to Florence. The feelings we experienced looking from our room towards the tower of the Palazzo Vechio cannot be expressed other than with one word, sublime. We really felt on top of the world. Our room was spacious, confortable and inmaculate. Right in the center of Florence and yet so quiet and quaint.
Heavenly comfort in Renaissance times
The Relais is operated by gracious host and hostesses that make you feel like you're part of the family. A cozy, home-like, and intimate room filled with all the comforts of a great hotel, we really loved the stay at the Relais. It is in a very safe area, central to all sightseeing, especially close to lots of boutique shopping, great variety of restaurants to chose from, and yet very quiet from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is located a little off streets which makes it pleasant to come home to rest for the night. Great location, great prices for rooms, and very charming hospitality! I would stay there again.
As operators of a bed and breakfast ourselves, Relais Cavalcanti gets our most enthusiastic recommendation. We stayed there for three nights, and every evening we looked forward to coming back to our nest. This good feeling stemmed first of all from the warm reception and attention given by the people who run it. Our guestroom was lovely, airy and immaculate. We appreciated the cozy, attractive dining room where we fixed our own breakfast, met some of our fellow guests, and perused the up-to-date guides to Florence. We enjoyed a feeling of complete privacy, but never got that lonely feeling that can creep up on you in a hotel. For those of us who are not rich, it is a pleasure and privilege to enjoy such a sense of well-being and such tasteful surroundings, at such a reasonable price.
Wonderful place to stay
You need to climb about 20 steps to reach the elevator but the climb is worth it. The place is run by very friendly and helpful people who speak English very well. Room size is average by European standards but comfortable and attractive. No breakfast is served but each room has a refridgerator and there is a common room with a coffee maker and small kitchen. Coffee, tea, snacks are always available there. The location is FABULOUS - right next to the Neuvo Mercado and steps from the Piazza Signoria and Ponte Vecchio. This relais is reasonably priced for the area and should be perfect for all but the fussiest traveler.
Lives up to it's reputation
We chose to stay at the Relais Cavalcanti on our recent trip to Florence, because of the reviews written on the tripadvisor and we were not disappointed. It is very convenient, clean, affordable, and the hosts are charming. Anna took the restaurants and sites we wanted to see and put them on a map so we would know where to go and when...a real plus. Our room was over that same noisy restaurant and the double pain windows kept most of the noise out. We used the Mr. Slim air conditioner both nights and it kept us cool and insulated. My only problem was the plastic lined sheets because they hold in the body heat so whatever part of you is touching them becomes very warm. In all, we really enjoyed this hotel and would recommend it.
We had a very enjoyable stay at the Relais, friendly helpful staff, and a great room. Very clean, good location to markets, and all attractions are in walking distance. I really liked the snack room for coffee in the morning.
A definite recommondation.
This hotel is a floor of a building that has been tastefully converted into rooms with bathrooms. You climb one flight of stairs and there is a small elevator at the top. The young woman who runs this place really adds to it's charm. She's very kind, informative and friendly. The room was clean, the bathroom was newly remodeled and everything was very pretty and roomy. We stayed for two nights. There is just one thing. Down the alley below the window of our room, there is a large restaurant with a bar. That bar was extremely noisey one night with loud music. It woke us up and I turned on the air conditioner which sufficiently drowned out the noise. I think street noise is somewhat unavoidable in Florence. It's possible that the other wing of rooms are on a quieter street. Even with the noise, I think I would stay again. The location is excellent and the place is quite charming.
I have visited Florence many times, including living there for a summer as a college student. It is a wonderful, vibrant city....with all the trappings. The traffic is terrible and it is very desireable to stay near the sites to get the most of your visit. Location truly comes at a premium, and most hotels are terribly over-priced in the center of town....except for the Relais Cavalcanti. I have now stayed there 3 times and will keep going back...The location is truly perfect - close to the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Ponte Vecchio. It is an easy walk from any site for an afternoon siesta or to drop off shopping bags. The rooms are clean and cared for. Anna and Francesca are friendly and helpful - they will even arrange for private guides and tickets ahead of time by email for galleries such as the Uffizi (strongly recommended!!!). Furthermore, the streets of Florence are very loud due to the cobblestones and late night cafes. The rooms of the Relais have quiet, side rooms or insulated windows on the front rooms to keep out the noise - a feature that many of the pricier hotels do NOT have. You can get a very expensive room at another hotel and not be able to get a good night's sleep! The Relais Cavalcanti provides quiet rooms, at a reasonable rate with a central location! The rooms are in the upper level of a rather non-descript building, so be sure to pay attention to the directions (which they email to you) as it can be hard to find the first time. This is the best kept secret of Florence. My only concern is that the more people who go there, the harder it will be for me to book a room the next time I go!