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... the uscita or exit. And then my world crumbled when Pamela found another floor of the museum. Oh well, apart from a couple of Caravaggio's this floor was of the lesser know artists. (Pamela: That did not stop Mark racing through the floor so I barely saw anything! He would have run passed the Caravaggio's if I hadn't stopped him.) All in all i thought the museum was good but not as good as people rave about. I understand that may be sacrilege to someone with an ounce ...
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... carved. Florence has the same feeling as Rome, it's a place to walk around and eat gelato!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Residence Michelangiolo Florence
We spent five nights at the Residence Michelangiolo, located on a beautiful tree-lined avenue. Recently meticulously and beautifully restored, this villa is extremely pleasing to the eye. When we were there Angela had received flowers for her birthday, and the bouquets were placed at the entry where we could all enjoy them.
Angela greeted us at the door and she made us feel welcome immediately. She showed us to our enormous room, which we estimated to be about 20 feet by 18 feet. The ceiling is very high as well. The decor is very tasteful and soothing. We had a kitchenette, which can be used to cook simple meals. It has two burners, pots and pans, and, of course, a collander for those who crave pasta but don't feel like going out. We were supplied with juice, water, pastries, tea and coffee and enjoyed having these in our room.
The villa is located about 200 yards from the Arno River, at the origin of Viale Michelangiolo. The road meanders into the hills above Florence, and there is a great view of the city from the Piazza Michelangiolo.
It took us only 15 minutes, walking along the river, to reach the Ponte Vecchio, the center of "tourist" Florence. There is also a very convenient bus that follows the same route.
We enjoyed our location very much. There is a cafe serving espresso, pastries, and sandwiches just down the road. A self-service laundry is nearby, and Angela cheerfully drove me there the first time when her simple instructions fell on deaf ears.
We would recommend this hotel to any of our friends, and would certainly stay there again.
What a delight after four days in Paris and Rome to drive down Viale Michelangiolo amongst the most beautiful private residences in Florence to discover our residence awaiting us after a long day on the road.
Of our five different stops, this was the most gracious and the most value of any. The home is located very close to the river, within several minutes walking. The entrance gate is kept locked so we had a safe place to park at no extra fee.
Angela was happily awaiting our check in and I cannot say enough about her. She made us feel like we were home, offering water, shopping tips, maps, directions, even a spray for the car when we left! I had to make some changes in my plane reservations and she let me tie up her desk phone for at least twenty minutes (she did have a separate line) so incoming calls could be taken.
The rooms were very large with high ceilings and the beds most comfortable. Our room had tile floors and a beautiful terrace...lots of light, a phone, TV with American speaking news and a fully stocked kitchenette. One of our rooms had a FP. The baths were very clean and offered amenities one looks for when traveling.
Angela also recommended an excellent local restaurant which was one of the best we ate in the entire trip.
I would stay here in a second and highly recommend it for comfort, proximity, value and service.
The perfect place to stay in Florence
We satyed here for 3 nights in January & 1 night in Pisa. The accomodation is absolutely fantastic- we stayed in a double room with a cot for our 1.5yr old son, this was beautifully decorated, at least 2-3 times the size of a usual hotel room! The room was very warm & comfortable with a beautiful view out of the huge windows. The hotel owners were extremely nice & could not do enough to help. We were away for my wife`s birthday & even though none of us told them about it, on our last night we came back from our meal to find a bottle of bubbly & glasses awaiting us in our room! The hotel is approx 15 minute walk to the centre of Florence which should not put anyone off as it is a beautiful walk along the river. It is obvious a lot of time & money has been invested into the refurbishment, since the place has only opened August `05, it is unfair to call the Residence Michelangiolo a hotel because it is much more than that - self catering accomodation in a small mansion in a beautiful city.
I hope to be back again soon!
The best that could happen to us
we were in florence for the marathon and unfortunately the weather was quite awful.
but the staff in the hotel and the rooms were really nice and great.
we decided that if we come back to florence one time, the first hotel we will contact is this one.
A good choice, but not a perfect one
It's a nice, quite and well decorated house with very friendly and helpfull staff. Two things may not please everybody :
1. The breakfast. You have to make your own coffee in the kitchenette. There is a sad biscuit coming with it.
2. You can't receive calls after 6 pm, which is inconvinient for travellers who don't belief in mobile phones.
we were at the residence Michelangelo for 3 days, it was fantastic. The rooms were big and beautifull, bathroom were clean as new, and the service are perfect.The people at the desck are exceptional, they are kind, nice, helpfull...we were welcome like familly members.So i realy recomande this place to any body that wants to spend nigths in florence with an atmosphere of that periode of time in an splendid envirment.
The Residence Michelangiolo is a jewel of a property.
The Residence Michelangiolo is a jewel of a property in a quiet residential area within a short walking distance to the center of Florence. There is also a bus stop only one block from the hotel offering frequent service to major tourist sites in Florence. The Residence is rated 3 stars but in our opinion it should be a 4.5 star rating. Each of the 11 rooms have been completely renovated with many guest comforts. The rooms are quite large and we found them to be extremely clean and nicely appointed. There is also parking on-site, inside a gated parking lot. Our group of six travelers were not only impressed with the facility, but also with the staff who could not have been more accomodating or professional. Angela and Barbara were very helpful in offering suggestions and directions to local eating establishments, city sites in Florence and finally, recommendations to wineries in nearby Tuscany.
I highly recommend this hotel to everyone. Ciao, Dennis De Sousa
A Florentine treasure!
Have just returned from a 4 night stay at the Residence Michelangiolo and cannot over emphasise what a wonderful find it is!
A beautiful period property, sympathetically restored and tastefully decorated with the warmest of welcomes from Angela and Barbara. Our room, on the first floor was far more spacious than many hotel rooms we have stayed in, with a most comfortable bed and everything we needed to prepare a simple breakfast to get us started for a day's sightseeing. It is situated on the tree lined road leading up to the Piazza Michelangelo and is about 15 minutes walk along the riverside to the historical centre.
I was a little apprehensive as I could find no reviews when I booked it, but it is brand new this season, having only opened in July and all my worries melted away as soon as we arrived.
So all I can say to those who might read this entry is to go ahead and book it and you will be assured of a beautiful and relaxing base, attended by the most delightful hosts. It is especially good for those who prefer a more relaxed start in the mornings in the privacy of your own room.
Hey Barbara and Angela, next time, could you also fix it so that the sun shines!!!
Beautiful place, great hospitality
We've just returned from a 3 night stay in this great place. Not only is it beautifully and sympathetically decorated, but the welcome offered is fabulous, without ever being intrusive or overbearing. Angela and Barbara are really sweet hosts, and never stopped smiling the entire time we were there. In addition, on our third night, (having been in Siena for a few days in the interim), we came home to find a bottle of Chianti and 2 glasses and a welcome back note.
It really is a find, and we will definitely go back!
Our eight-day stay in this beautifully renovated charming Italian villa truly exceeded our expectations. From the moment we arrived (late in the evening), Barbara and Angela provided us with first rate service. Both the personal attention and beautifully quiet surroundings contributed to making this our best holiday experience ever. Our room, with a terrace overlooking the garden, was beautifully decorated. From the king-sized majestic bed in the bedroom (dressed in what could only be described as a custom-tailored Florentine golden textile dream) to the flower-shaped chandelier in the kitchen, no detail was spared when transforming this villa into a peaceful retreat.
Every morning, prior to our daily visits to the numerous museums and monuments Florence has to offer, we welcomed the sun via the graceful wooden terrace doors. Chatting over a nice cup of café latte, we prepared the day's itinerary. With Barbara's help and Angela's enthusiasm, we always knew what places to visit. From making our museum reservations to providing us with an umbrella when the weather was not cooperating, no detail escaped their attention. Even the weekend revealed its surprise: a complimentary bottle of Italian wine awaited us in our room as we returned from a hectic day of city touring. A lovely gesture from the staff, indeed. Needless to say, with memories like these our next trip to Residence Michelangiolo is in the making!