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... time to spend in Siena and we enjoyed sipping an amazingly good coffee while looking out over the piazza. We got back on the bus and drove out into the stunning Tuscan countryside. It was everything we expected and wanted Italy to be - with rolling hills of vineyards and olive tree groves. We arrived at a farm where we had lunch. Fattoria Poggio Alloro is an organic farm and was so picturesque. We ate a delicious lunch in a long dining room ...
... not actually an island since there are two concrete walkways out to it) with a fountain and paths and lots of potted citrus trees (it looked like some of the lemons were ready to be picked!). You can’t walk out on the island but you can walk along the path or sit and rest on stone benches next to the tall hedges that circle the pond. There were quite a few families with small children doing just that. Me too—I sat for a while and watched and listened to ...
Wow our day was amazing, escorted by the French guard to second row seats at. The Vatican, then lunch back at a little restaurant near jos as we were starving. We then had a train trip back to Florence, we now no our way around. Then shopping I bought a tan leather bag, I just need accessories now like shoes jacket etc:-) The blessing from the pope was a once in a lifetime experience but we did wait a long time 2 hours in 25oC to ...
... side of the Duomo, we paused often as the line stopped moving, and we were able to enjoy some breaths of fresh air at several points along the way. The dome was worth our climb because of its historical significance. The entire church was constructed in the hopes that one day someone would figure out the technology to build a dome over its transept. Brunelleschi figured it out, an architectural marvel of the Renaissance. We owed to him to ...
... guide.she provided us with the fascinating history of Siena. The city is broken up into 17 contrades, or wards, each with their own flag, leaders and set of standards in which they by, much like our local councils I guess. Siena is famous for a horse race run twice a year, the Palio horse race, where 10 of the councils are allocated a horse. Winning is very prestigious and huge celebrations take place after ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Panella 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 -------------------.