Residenza Johanna I
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... pizzas that were popping-out of the ovens behind the counter. We shared a margherita pizza that was very good, then moved on to il Cioccolato e il Gelato, where we had a delicious cup of gelato for dessert.
After downing our pizza, beer and gelato, we made our way back to the Basilica di San Lorenzo for a tour of its interior. One of the largest churches in Florence, it was founded in the 4th-century, and in the 15th-century became the official church of ...
... and we agreed to meet back at the apartment. It had tons of paintings that looked like someone painted a nice background and then glued some pictures of people onto them. Some people may appreciate it but it wasn't my sort of art. They had some cool statues - I especially liked a room that had several that could have been playing frisbee. I had expected to see the statue of David but it was at a different museum. I got out of the museum ...
... He said it was in an alcove and as most tourists turned the corner and glimpsed it for the first time, they were pretty "wowed".
... heads. There was no information to explain this posted anywhere, and by then our professors had returned home, so they just stood there mysteriously (not) watching us as we took in the vistas.
On Tuesday we had a (paid for by the program) trip through the Museo Galileo, which showcased all kinds of old scientific instruments and ways of scientific research. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide who gave us a few demonstrations with replicas of old contraptions ...
... but we only ordered 2 pizza's (€10.50 each) he wanted to charge us an extra €2 each to sit at his tables. Stingy! So we took them back down to our site to eat and he missed out on extra sales of beer and coke. The pizza's cost more than the restaurant in Venice and were not as nice. So we didn't buy anything from him again, only from the little camp shop.
It was still very hot by bed time and there seemed to be no mosquitoes so we slept with the tent open.
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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*