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... seems to be more.
Today we walked further afield and found the Ristorante Corradossi. Bit more upmarket and we did have a lovely lunch. My 'trofie’ pasta al pesto had a wonderful flavor and the chicken with truffles (scaloppato al tartufo) was even better. My Italian is improving as is Craig’s. Back home - at least it is a bit cooler today - yesterday was far too ...
... kept bugging George until he finally got the message and told George, "Fu*k you!," as he walked away. A woman put scarf after scarf in Toni's face until George finally told her to go away. Another vendor was playing one of my all-time favorite songs, "A Lovely Day," When he noticed I liked the song he started asking me a lot of questions, Where are you from.... he concluded by telling me that I had found true love with him in Florence. I just ignored him but thought to my ...
... called it lunch. Afterwards we wandered around for a bit and went and sat in a piazza for a while.
We showed up early for our tour and got checked in. We are pretty much pros at these types of tours by now, but we got checked in, got our sticker and waited in line to board the bus. We were one of the first ones onboard and I wish we had held back and waited as there were some pretty frustrating people also on that tour. There was a family of a ...
... pretty good. However, I had to sober up pretty quickly, as we couldn't find our airbnb host. I went into panic-mode, worried we'd be stuck on the streets of Venice all night with no where to go. We tried using the public phones to call, but they seemed to just eat our money and never give us a dial tone to make a call.
In a moment of desperation, I climbed up to the top of the nearest bridge, to get the best view I could ...
... it to. Best solution in the circumstances. More important that we can get diesel into the tank than we have a lockable flap. No charge.....fortunately, "Grazie tanto", we have learnt!
San Gimignano, another medieval walled town sitting atop a hill, much smaller at 7,000 people to Siena's 52,000.....but with another bigger difference. This little place has 14 towers and if you think that's a lot, it used to have 72! By the time ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ariston Pisa
Avoid it in winter!
I stayed in this hotel for one night in January, with my husband.
Style: old building, hall and lobbies late '70ies style.
Location: the only very good thing about this hotel is location, just opposite Piazza dei Miracoli. You can see the Tower and the rear of the Cathedral.
Rooms: Partly refurbished, but with no care. Electric grips and lines uncovered on the ceiling. Very few furniture (poor wardrobe, a corner small writing table and a chair). The worst however was the temperature: heating absolutely insufficient during winter. Large and new bathroom, but freezing, because there was no heater insider! Poor bathroom equipment: hairdryer but no shower cap. No place to store the towels.
Food: avoid breakfast: it costs € 5 p.p. and it is not worth at all: we were served two stale croissants (the ones our table neighbours left!) and some bread with butter. I asked a yogurt but they did not have one. My tea was pretty cold. I suppose would have a better breakfast in the bar 20 meters away
Staff: the waiter serving the breakfast was also the concierge, receptionist and park valet! Very nice boy, but he needed an help.
The good: location
The bad: the way the management runs the hotel. It is not a bad hotel in itself but it is evident that management does not care about guests.
Price: € 90 in low season, breakfast included. Better prices in other parts of Pisa.
Final advice and tips: avoid this hotel in winter, it is not sufficiently warm. I would not stay there again.
Super little hotel
An excellent place to stay in Pisa, right next to the leaning tower and the cathedral. The rooms are quite small, but well presented and the bathroom was immaculate. The staff are very helpful, organising a taxi back to the airport for an early morning flight.
I would definately recommend this hotel
Nice View, shame about the room!
We stayed in this hotel for one night (9th Oct 2005) before flying home after a week in Tuscany. We paid 130 Euros for a Double Room with a "put-me up" for a third person - Breakfast 10 Euros each extra.
Location: Great ... right next to the Leaning Tower. Ideally situated for a short stay in Pisa close to main tourist attractions and within a 15-30 min drive to the airport.
Parking: No parking at the hotel, but streetside parking (blue lines) available nearby at 1.5 Euros per hour (between 8:00 - 20:00).
Room: Average size but very very basic and old fashioned - bathroom ok. No internal shutters and thin curtains - therefore room was illuminated all night by the outside lights! We had a room at the front of the hotel which had a good view of the tower but noise from a nearby pub/club kept us awake until about 3.00 in the morning!
Breakfast - Very Basic. Not worth the 10 Euros each we were charged! Available from 7.00 am, which is good for people catching early flights home.
Staff: Spoke and understood English, but where not particularly friendly or welcoming.
Recommendation: On the recommendation of one of the Receptionists we had Dinner at Da Mario, in 56123 PISA, Via Luigi Bianchi in close walking distance of the hotel ... the food, staff and cost was excellent. Well worth a visit.
All in all a very disappointing last night to what had been a wonderful week in Tuscany.
Ubicación excelente, habitación estupenda
El Ariston es un hermoso hotel. Literalmente queda en la sombra de la famosa Torre Inclinada. Recientemente lo renovaron a un alto estándar, y se siente más como un hotel de cuatro estrellas que de sus simples tres. El baño estaba impecable. Las habitaciones estaban decoradas con gusto, y había un área pública y amplia en el primer piso. El desayuno es el continental básico con pan, cruasanes, jugo de naranja, y café. Fue perfectamente adecuado. ¡Una verdadera joya!
Excellent location, great room.
The Ariston is a lovely hotel, literally in the shadow of the famous leaning tower. It's recently been renovated to a high standard and feels more like a 4-star hotel than its mere three.
Immaculate bathroom, tastefully decorated rooms and a spacous public area on the ground floor.
Breakfast is the basic continental; bread, coissant, orange juice and coffee. Perfectly adequate.
A real little gem!
Great location shame about the staff!!
We stayed in this hotel for one night before our flight home the next day. This hotel is perfect for one/two nights but no more. The location is amazing as the tower is right on its doorstep and provides a unique setting straight from the front door. We had a VERY basic room at the back of the hotel and it seemed no improvements had been made in our room!. The staff were very unfriendly (not a smile to be seen!) which was a change to the pleasant Italians we had come across on our holiday. Overall the hotel has a great location but with no frills.
Leaning Tower out the Window!
Clean, simple hotel literally steps away from the Leaning Tower! Very nice folks at the front desk. We were only here for 1 night and it was just fine. Our room was on the street with a great view but a little noisy at night being so close to the Tower. Left very early in the morning, too early for breakfast, but the desk clerk made us an espresso and offered us pastries, even though they were not serving yet.
Perfect location and good value
Just atayed here one night to be near airport and I found this to be a simple clean hotel offering good value for money. My room was small but had a lovely modern bathroom and air conditionig. The hotel is literally two minutes walk from the tower and about 5 minutes from the bus stop for the bus to the airport. Nothing fancy but fine for one or two nights.
The hotel itself is fairly old and basic. The room had a new bathroom which was lovely although the shower is handheld. The view from the front rooms is stunning with the Tower right in your line of vision. The staff were a bit sober and very rarely passed the time of day. We stayed in this hotel for a week which was too long in my opinion as there is not a lot to do after the Miracle of the fields.
I gave this hotel an above average rating for its location.This hotel is right at the back of the leaning tower and I promise you there is nothing any closer. Each time I looked out my window or stepped out the door of the hotel the leaning Tower was there I found this Fabulous . Sitting at breakfast ,stepping out for a bit of air and you are at the tower The hotel was nice but basic There are new showers in some of the rooms but not all .It is perhaps a bit isolated after dark but I was there in March so may not be a a concern in the buzz of summer