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... the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, on Via Cavour, which had been recom-mended in one of our guide books. Built in 1444, this palatial mansion was the home of the Medici, the wealthy banking family who played a prominent role in the economic and political life of Florence during the Renaissance. The courtyard and garden, which are adorned with many sculptures, provide a picturesque reminder of the aesthetic tastes of that ...
... to visit Florence's famous pig (or boar?!) statue. Legend says that rubbing the "piglet's" (quote as per Lonely Planet- you judge for yourself!) snout guarantees return to Florence in the future, much alike the Trevi Fountain tradition in Rome. Rub it we did, we are hoping to return to Florence to see more of its treasures- two days grossly inadequate. In addition to that, I long to use Florence as a base to visit other Tuscan cities close by, Siena being one recommended to me.
... 4 Leonie is a very popular spot with both the locals and the tourists that has been booked out pretty much every night since it opened 20 years ago. We did try to get in last night but we were out of luck, we were lucky they were able to book us in tonight. Dinner was delicious as always and I enjoyed the speciality of ravioli with pear, Taleggio and asparagus, and let me just say, Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
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... fun, it was like a buffet style where they brought plates of cold meats, salad, pastas, and chicken out to the table, and of course wine, we started playing drinking games at our table and I started a round of big booty! After dinner it is traditional in Italy to have a shot of a lemony liquer, I cant remember what it is called, but we had 1 (maybe I had a sneaky 2nd one) and then we set off to the space disco!
We had to walk ...
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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 -------------------.