Travel Blogs from Florence
... each! We found the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, stopped off in h&m for some aircon, quick look at the replica statue of David then continued on to Piazzale Michelangelo (look out over Florence with a replica Statute of david). The views were beautiful, overlooking the whole city and out in to the distance. We made our way back down from the look out and tackled the tourists on the Ponte Vecchio bridge. The bridge is filled with expensive jewellery shops and people ...
... on Mondays, even though the door and their website mentioned nothing of such an exception. I got a gluten free pizza from another place down the street and then headed to the Jewish Synagogue. There were no pictures or cameras allowed inside but the interior was fabulous! It was similar to the Spanish synagogue in Prague but was prettier and a bit bigger. It was designed much like a church ...
... by the gentleman who checked us in) and we still needed to climb 30 steps with two landings! Not what these old legs needed (either of us, lol).
After settling for a few we headed out and decided that heading to Ponte Vecchio was the best choice because it was very well known. It was impressive. Lots of gold and silver, none for us though, haha.
Dinner was at a medium ...
... for growing grapes. We got off at the last town, which is Riomaggiore. We wandered around Riomaggiore and found a place to have lunch. We then went to the train station and got the train, which we thought would stop at each town. We had planned to get off at Vernazza, but I guess we were on an express one and we ended up back in Monterosso. We then spent about an hour and a half exploring this town. Unfortunately, we didn't have ...
... an event around Florence called "Vogue: Fashion Night Out". The roomies and I got all prettied up and when out for dinner at the Medici restaurant. It was not a place any of us will ever want to go back too, but worth a try. After dinner we walked around by the Palazzo Strozzi, which is close to the Duomo. We saw the Editor of Italian Vogue, Franca Sozzani, crowd surfed to get free bags, took a picture with a famous Italian TV host, and got free wine/champagne all night ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Panella'S Residence Florence
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!
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.
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 -------------------.