Travel Blogs from Florence
... the night went on from there!!Singing, dancing, wine, , more wine, champagne... the bird dance, YMCA,...... needless to say we had a fantastic night... to finish it off , our bus was the last to leave... ok so driving for about 10 min. then someone realizes we've forgotten one couple!!! the big tour bus does a u turn.. ok so the road is so narrow but he pulls it off... we meet the opera singer in his car as he was driving the forgotten couple down the mountain to meet us.... ...
... paid the €10 required for the entrance. The cathedral and the crypt were both closed. We got into the long line for the Cupola (dome) climb. I went into the baptistery and took some pictures while Mel held our spot in line. The exterior of the baptistery is currently being restored so was covered in scaffolding.
After a 45-minute wait, it was our turn. There are 460 (regular-sized) steps to the top but you ...
... us and told us he would tell us when to get off. This is where I cried a tiny bit because I was thinking we were so screwed. LOW Point of my trip. ;///// After that, we were graciously assisted by an older man who took us to the right train and told us to stay on until it reached its last destination, Sorrento. We finally made it after a couple hours of hell and we instantly felt safe in Sorrento! We made it to our hostel and in our room was a lovely girl named Soyoung and we ...
Back in Aeroporto Angelo Vespucci Firenze for the flight home. A certain famous professor is sitting just behind me (no Sunil, not Halle Berry this time) speaking in Tamil with his wife (no, nothing scandalous to report). It's been an interesting few days at the conference - some of the issues are identical to ours in Singapore, some completely alien. There were speakers who befuddled with what seemed like font size 8 covering entire PowerPoint slides, while others (like the ...
... the next few days. I'm praying that this fixes the problem because not having a laptop really isn't working for me. I have to use the desktop computers in the school building every time I have to write a paper, which is all the time. And for my design classes we've started working on modeling our designs and I am limited to 1 room of computers that have the software. So if there is a class in that room I can't do my design homework. The building is closed all weekend too so I have ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Panella'S Residence Florence
Great hosts and nice sized rooms
We were originally to stay at Il Villino but they over booked, so we were moved here. And at the end of our stay we were really glad we got moved! Gratsiella and Guiseppe were wonderful hosts- very warm and caring- Il Vilino felt very touristy as when we were there (as one one morning we had breakfast there) it was full of Americans. I'm not sure if they cater more to the American tourist, but we liked the international flavor of Panella's as when we stayed there were quite a few couples from around the world. A more International feel? The bedroom we had was huge- more suite like- and the bathroom was very large, by european standards. The showers were great- hot water and awesome shower pressure! Gratsiella gave us recommendations for dinner, and we really had some wonderful meals- she also was very gracious in calling us cabs and helping us find certain stores we wanted to find antiques in. While we initially were disappointed that we did not get to stay at Il Villino, we will return to Panella's Residence the next time we visit Florence! It was wonderful!
Excellent place to stay
We stayed here for 3 nights and would definitely return. It is situated about 5 minutes walk from the Duomo. The room was large, comfortable and spotlessly clean. Excellent power shower. Comfortable bed. The hosts were very helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Home made cakes for breakfast and lovely hot cappucino. Mini bar with soft drinks in the room. Had no complaints. Should really keep it a secret so that it won't be full next time, but won't do that because the panella's deserve to be popular.
A great B&B in Florence
We spent 3 nights at Panella's Residence. It was one of the best B&B experiences I've ever had. The room was large, scrupulously clean, and had lots of cupboard/closet space. The bathroom was modern and functioned well. Graziella was charming, helpful, spoke reasonably good English so that we could get our needs met. She made a relatively large breakfast (and tasty!) by Italian standards: meat, homemade rolls and cakes, orange juice, espresso or capucchino. The location is near the Duomo, on a quiet street. We walked everywhere. I'd go back in a heartbeat!
Great Location, Super Hospitality, Very Clean
There are 6 rooms, with newly remodeled American style bathrooms (shower door etc). The rooms were pretty large and nicely decorated with Italian style furniture without being cluttery. There was AC and TV.
Breakfast was a roll, cake, yogurt, and the best cappuccino!
The neighborhood felt quite safe, and it was on a quiet street near the Duomo. The owners were so sweet and helpful. They spoke enough English to make our stay comfortable, but casual conversation was a little more difficult. They took care of dinner reservations for us each night--all of their recommendations were within walking distance and were top notch.
We walked everywhere from the hotel.
I would recommend this B&B without hesitation. We had a fantastic stay. We paid EUR 165 for one of the larger rooms.
My wife and three daughters stayed at Panellas Residence for two nights in April. Our two rooms were spacious as well as spotless. Graziella and Guiseppe made us feel like family right from the beginning. Breakfast included excellent cappuchino and homemade cakes.
The location is very convenient (two blocks from the Duomo and a ten minute walk to the "David") but what really made our stay special was the warmth and care of our hosts. Graziella gave us excellent restaurant recommendations (try Za-Za's for outstanding Steak Florentine) and went out her way to make sure we were comfortable.
An overall excellent experience.
Florence home away from home
A charmng, antique filled "bed & breakfast", former family residence of the owners, located on Via della Pergola, a short two minute walk from the Duomo. Graziella Panella(speaks English) and her husband are charming hosts that act as your surrogate family in Florence. The rooms are spotless, the rates are reasonable for Florence, and the location is fantastic. Graziella will help you with Uffizi Gallery reservations and recommendations for authentic Tuscan cooking. We just returned from ten days in Rome and Florence and the Panella's made us feel like family. The website for Panella's Residence is -------------------.