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... the topic changed to squirrels and how our host mom had hated them ever since she was a little girl and they got into the ceiling of their house and woke her up at five every morning because they would skitter around and make a ton of noise. I was actually quite proud of myself for understanding so much, and I kind of sat there marveling at how much Spanish could help, and at how beautiful the language is. By the end of my time here, I would like to be able to understand everything.
I had originally told Zoe the evening before that I wasn't going to be getting on the bus in the morning. I woke up still probably drunk and knew that if I didn't come into town it would be difficult to catch up with the group later on in the day. Stupid not having phones that work properly. So I got up feeling extremely sick with my shoes missing, and ate barely any breakfast before getting on the bus. I'm really ******* proud of my efforts, ...
... flavors of grappa into your mouth (and sometimes on your face). It's your choice for either the "regular" spritz or the "full immersion" dose if you want to get the complete experience. What fun! After a short stroll back toward the city center we conclude our tour with a visit to Perche No!... for six different gelato tastings. This tour is a must for anyone visiting Florence - so informative and enjoyable.
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Hi all, I have been very slack and not finished my blog, I must say I was tired and ready to come home after Paris. I was so surprised at how disappointed I was in the this part of my trip, the city was beautiful and the average Parisian on the street were nice but the people in the tourism industry need a big kick they were so rude it really spoilt my time there. But I returned to Florence it was sunny and warm and the people were wonderful , if I had to ...
We steel ourselves for an epic art extravaganza and head to the famous Uffizi. Everyone and their mother (as well as ever-reliable tripadvisor) has advised that we book ahead - so we did. Thank god. The queue is about 5 miles long, so we smugly nip ahead and are up to the famed second floor in minutes. We tick off the whole Renaissance gang, from Botticelli to Michelangelo. My fave is Birth of Venus and I love the two epic ...
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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 -------------------.