Residenza Johanna I
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... to re-visit the gorgeous swimming pool in Cortona perched high on the hill...but alas I get to Cortona and the complex is clearly shut for the season, as the umbrellas are packed away and all the furniture is gone, only 3 days after summer has officially finished, and despite the fact it's 32 degrees! The gate is open and I walk in to have a look round, and if the pool hadn't been the most luminous fluorescent green I've ever seen, I ...
... us, as it did everyday it seemed and we got some ice cream. We hadn't been to Grom in florence, which was one of the places to go to on Elouise's list so we thought we should try it in siena. Definitely one of the best in Italy. For a few hours we walked around checking out the shops there and then bused back to florence with a bus full of australians. Slightly hungry when we arrived back in florence Sophie urged us to get some of the ...
... shut down in the 19th century? Anyway they now have illuminated musical manuscripts by Torrini and one by Fra Angelico who developed his skill in miniaturizing working on illustrated manuscripts. I found the display of vellum, of pigments and brushes and other tools very interesting. The hymn books are very large probably meant to be used by the whole choir looking at one book. The bottom half of the manuscripts are ...
... good that I doubt I will never again have such a tasty and satisfying dish. The homemade noodles soaked up some of the sauce and we so soft with a little bite t the end. For our main course we had lamb and chicken. The meats were perfectly cooked and were both so tender. What a great place Florence is- food, culture, personality. As sad as it was leaving, we both intended to return again one day and experience more of the food and music ...
... the quicker dining areas they offer already prepared pasta, pizza, risotto, etc and just warm it up in the microwave…never quite as warm as you would like, but no one's complaining!
Stopped at a few markets on our way back to the apartment to unload our bags and rest. I poured a glass of wine and did a little blogging and then it was off to a few specialty stores we had to visit before we left.
Stopped at a perfumery that was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Residenza Johanna I Florence
this hotel had the largest, coziest room of our trip...and the staff were very friendly and helpful
when we visited (May '07) they were not running the A/C, but it wasn't too much of an issue...it was cool enough in the evening to keep the temperature nice...the only issue with having the windows open was that the hotel is on a moderately busy street and those scooters can be pretty loud...the noise never prevented us from sleeping though
there's not much in the immediate area...it seemed to be an area that was mostly local residents...all of the sights and plenty of restaurants are a short walk away though
this hotel was definitely the best value of our trip and I would stay there again...recommended!
Me & my Mom stayed in this little hotel for 3 nights. The personnel was very friendly and spoke good English. It said in our booking confirmation that breakfast just was something on a tray in our room, so we didn´t expect anything. But in the end, we were served proper breakfast in a small breakfast room including cereal, müsli, toast with jam, orange juice and cakes.
I just returned from a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Florence, where I stayed at Residenza Johanna 1 for just under one week. This b&b is well situated for visiting all the sights and main shopping areas, except perhaps for people who are not able to walk for more than about 5 minutes at a time. That said, Florence is a city best explored on foot anyway.
Johanna was perfectly adequate for our 5-night stay in Florence. Clean (though the carpet--if you can call it that--in our room could use replacing), private bath (with the smallest shower stall you've ever seen--no romantic showers for 2 here), and a very friendly, accomodating staff. Really the highlight of this place was the people who work there. Always ready to help, and they all spoke at least passable English.
Despite the other reviews, I stayed in this B&B at the very beginning of July and found it a very good value for Florence. I stayed 2 evenings and only paid 50 Euros each night (including taxes AND breakfast) for a single room. Now tell me where in Florence you can find that? And in JULY! I spent one month in Florence so I know.
A special tuscan atmosphere
I spent a few days at the Residenza Johanna in Lupi St. in Florence and had a wonderful time. the staff at the reception was very helpful with information about restaurants and things to see.
the rooms are furnished in a classic tuscany style and have a warm atmosphere.
the hotel is located in a small silent street, walking distance from the city center.
i was happy to pay the right value for the service i got.
I am giving it a 2*, but it was actually more like 1.5*