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Ahhhhhhh Firenze, the capital of the region of Tuscany...a city bustling with industry and craft, commerce and culture, art and science...we loved every chaotic minute.
We really enjoyed the great views from the campanile and had more fun walks. Amazing architecture and sculptures!
We had our last dinner in Italy at Trattoria …
... about but with unphased Americans behind and slow moving camera happy germans in front I couldn't do much except cling to the Bannister and stare at the floor. Threw a few terrified glances to the stunning painted dome ceiling but that's it. More stairs after that before reaching a small stepladder and then exposure to the heavens. I was by this point drenched in sweat, mostly from fear, so I sat down and tried to acclimatise myself to the surroundings a bit ...
... this is where the renaissance began. Michelangelo, Botticelli, Bernini, Brunelleschi and Caravaggio are just to name a few of the masterworks we have witnessed. As I sit here listening to ancient church bells in the background I am reminded of all the souls that have roamed this timeless city in the past. The steps I took yesterday, in the duomo Brunelleschi himself took as he designed this ...
... sword that was from 1351 - wow! The history.. the elegance. Wow.
We finished our exploration of the crypt and headed for the giotto bell tower. It was included in our complex ticket. The line wasn't too long so we got in fairly quickly.
The stairs were so narrow and short. Crazy!
And of course as people go up, others come down. That means, impatience. There is an obvious informal system that should happen, but people just don't follow it. You get the ones that ...
... marked on my schedule of places that are open on Monday, Medici Chapel, and the Hospital for the Innocents, which was the orphanage for Florence starting 1419 when this was a fairly radical new institution. It still serves families much like Dove House or Jumping Mouse in our town.
I will try to fill you in on the hospital, the way form follows function, as I was taught in my biology courses in another blog and hopefully post more photos. Ciao
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Rovai Guest House Florence
Casa Rovai is a special place to stay in Florence. It is a six-room guest house in a great location, and the owners are wonderful. My sister and I stayed there for two nights, and I would highly recommend this place if you're visiting Florence.
If you are going to the Casa Rovai, I recommend a short stay. The location is excellent for sight-seeing, the staff are beyond reproach and are more than happy to help you plan your visit to the city. The rooms are clean and well equipped and the guest house is nicely decorated. However (you knew there was a 'however'), my main memory of our stay at the Casa Rovai was the amount of noise that leaked in and out of the room. Some of the rooms are directly connected to the reception area, so you get to hear absolutely everything that happens there, and our room was connected to another room with a thin door between us. I not only had to put up with the sounds of my husband snoring, but another person's husband's snoring! There was also the constant fluttering of pigeons outside the room - obviously this is not Casa Rovai's fault, but it was still very annoying. My advice: bring ear-plugs.
My boyfriend and I stayed 4 nights in Casa Rovai and had the best time! the room and the entire place was spotless.. it was so clean and organized and it made us feel right at home.
Arianna, who works at the reception was charming and helped us with everything we needed in the most gracious and kind way.
this place has style and a homey feeling to it..
plus, it has a very good location and it's quite..
we strongly recommend it! :)
Casa Rovai has a beautiful website. Based on that site and very prompt and helpful email during the reservation process, our expectations were set higher than the B&B lived up to during our 3 night stay in May 07.
Une maison d'hôte
Hotel très sympathique et convivial; je voulais que ma fille de 15 ans ait un souvenir plein de charme loin de ses copines.
Cette maison d'hôte nous a permis de passer un séjour très agréable;
J'ai pu organiser mon voyage de France grâce à eux : des réservations de musées, et aussi une balade à cheval dans la montagne aux alentours.
Et de retour à la casa, le repos et le calme assuré tout en restant au contact des amis par Internet.
Voilà un endroit plein de charme que je recommande, au centre de la ville.
Great Buy in the heart of Florence
We stayed in Casa Rovai Guest House over Easter week-end. It is a beautifully renovated apartment on a side street in the historic center, about a 5 minute walk from the Duomo. The ceilings of the rooms are decorated in original frescoes, painted in the 16th century. The beds are comfortable and well appointed. Arianna, who welcomed us, is most helpful and friendly and found us parking, an excellent restaurant and directions without fail. Breakfast and coffee is available every morning as well as internet service. The rooms are immaculate. It is a guest house where you can maintain privacy if preferred or you can feel right at home. I would highly recommend this B&B.
Great stay in Florence. Close to all the sites. Warm welcome - even letting us in early straight off the night train
The Genuine Florence
My husband's and my (3) night stay at Casa Rovai was an unique and memorable experience for us. This being our first experience staying in a guest house, orginally a palace, gave us a flavor of life in the "geniune Florence". Our accommodations were both comfortable and clean. The owner and staff were pleasant and accommodating. Located in the Santa de Croce area of the city, it proved very convenient to all of the wonderful historic sites, restaurants and shopping Florence has to offer. The (2) computers with internet access made keeping in touch with our offices in the USA possible. I would recommend Casa Rovai to family and friends!
We arrived later than we thought/hoped due to unclear directions given by the hotel/guest house. This was later looked on as being very unsatisfactory. The place was not at all as it was expected it was empty almost seemed deserted, no staff present for long period. The hotel was cold and old lacked any welcoming atmosphere. Not very pleasant to spend your time here. Definitely not value for money, there are way better places to be found in Florence.
Casa Rovai was great
My wife and I and two children stayed at the Casa Rovai Guest House last weekend and we really enjoyed it. The accomodations were just as advertised and very well done (recently renovated in 2005). There are six guest rooms with a variety of configurations and the location is great -- two blocks from the Duomo and very quiet. This was our first stay at a guest house. It is not exactly like a full service hotel -- not 24 hour manned desk for instance, but they had everything we needed, breakfast was included, computer w/internet plus room access for your portable, clean, and it was very easy to come and go while feeling safe and very comfortable. I would definitely stay there again and recommend it to others.