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... The "David" is truly amazing. I've seen pictures and heard the gushing reports about the sculpture but I will admit to a hiccup of awe when I saw the sculpture standing at the far end of his hall. The David is 17ft tall. Apparently it took Michelangelo three years of serious chipping to complete His masterpiece. I especially loved "the hand" which according to the experts is proportionally oversized. It gave me an idea for something artful and a focus for my ...
... seen a lot of Renaissance art in the Vatican museum. Also, with the amount of people going in I’m not sure how much you would get to see and appreciate so perhaps next time. Instead we wondered around some more and got lost in the little streets and ate gelato. I also tried the most delicious slushy made with real blueberries.
Tomorrow we head off into Tuscany to hopefully enjoy some more authentic Italian ...
What can I say? I walk out of the busy lobby at the Academia into a room full of Michaelangelo's slaves emerging out of the stone. I think the rough figures are so moving, poetry in stone. What's more there are benches to sit on and sketch. No cameras allowed of course. The amount of work required to chisel the stone away is staggering. I start drawing Michelangelo's The bearded slave, started for Pope Julius tomb around ...
... but it could have been far far better. There is a definite gap in the market for a good proper, well priced wine tour. Hello it's like ultimate wine country. All the other tours I've ever done back in New Zealand have totally blown this one out of the water. The one we did was the only tour that we could find that went to more than one vineyard within our price range. I'm sure you could pay a mint to go to more but we're talking a couple of hundred €€€'s each! All ...
... was as it happens is conveniently located on our next stop also. The markets of Florence. Unfortunately the food market was closed on a Sunday so it was just the leather markets. Which we needed to visit for a bag for mum and a belt for Matt anyway so it worked out, as we had mission success. It was hard work though due to the pressure of the stall holders. Loud, pushy, and just plan annoying. You couldn't stop to look without being pounced on. One ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Axial Florence
Originally we booked for Hotel Maxim, at our arrival we found the hotel was split in two, the better part was now called Hotel Axial.
Despite some minor critique we had a great stay (4 nights) in this hotel, which is extremely well located and has a very friendly and helpfull staff. The breakfast is OK, rooms etc. are clean and not too small.
Our (minor) point of critique is the noise from the other guests, which is amplified by the tiles on the floor instead of absorbed. Also the lockings on the door caused noise, because people had to use much force to close the doors of their rooms.
Despite this minor inconvenience, we had a great stay.
We stayed two nights at the Hotel Axial in Florence in September. It is a sister hotel to the Hotel Maxim, which is where we had actually booked, but were upgraded upon arrival. They share the same building, just different floors. The Hotel Axial and its staff leave nothing to be desired for a visit to Florence. The location is absolutely ideal --- easy walking to all the major sites, restaurants, shopping, etc. The hotel itself is lovely --- not overly plush, but very comfortable, with excellent services and a delightful, helpful staff who made he stay perfect. Breakfast was well done, and the hotel includes a lovely interior courtyard for a break from the enormous crowds just outside (it as a perfect spot to share a bottle of wine and snack with friends.) Free internet, wine tastings, etc., make this an excellent choice. Having a safe in the room was a plus, too. We'd definitely choose to go back if we are in Florence again. Couldn't have found a better location, facility (affordable and comfortable) or staff.
Location, Comfort and Value
This recently renovated hotel is in a prime location between the Plaza Republicca and the Duomo. From here, all the major sites are within walking distance. Plenty of restaurants and shopping are also nearby. Rooms are spotless, comfortable and modern. Owner and staff are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was included and had a good variety of tasty food to choose from. Hotel has a pension type of arrangement, located on the first (second floor aka US standard) of a building containing shops and another hotel on the third floor. Therefore, don't expect great views and don't let the rather barren hallway leading to the hotel concern you, it is very pleasant inside.
Excellent, helpful staff!
We had a great stay in Florence at the Axial Hotel. The location was fantastic - it is between the Duomo and the Ponte Veccio. The rooms were modest but clean and everything was in good working order. The staff (especially Ione) were very helpful and extremely pleasant. Finally, the rates were very reasonable given all of the above. We would definitely stay there again if we return to Florence.
Excellent rapport qualité/prix
Hôtel simple et confortable avec des chambres spacieuses et des sanitaires impeccables
Accueil courtois et très professionnel
Le personnel parle un excellent français
Seul le petit déjeuner est un peu rustique.
Je recommande :-)
Wonderful.!! You must stay here. Reception were soooooooooooooooo insanely nice!! and the rooms were basic and very clean. Great shower!
Yummo breakfast included (just breads, jams, cereal, fruit, but worth it.) Free internet!! and great location. Really a fab find, we were thrilled with the hotel.
Stay here! It was a great Hotel for a very small price The breakfast was better than other Italian breakfasts, more like continental not just coffee and a roll. The staff was very helpful, and it was a great location. Rooms have nice high ceilings, even though the rooms are small (typical of Italy), with nice bathrooms. Also have fee internet available 24 hrs a day. Couldn't have asked for a better hotel for the price. They also own Hotel Maxium in the same building.
Pulito, accogliente e in una posizione favolosa
L'Hotel Axial è in una posizione eccellente per visitare anche a piedi il centro di Firenze. Le camere sono nuove, pulite, confortevoli e silenziose. Il personale è cortese, efficente e disponibile. Il titolare Nicola è gentilissimo e attento ad ogni esigenza dei suoi ospiti. Consiglio a tutti di alloggiare all'Axial, io mi sono trovata benissimo, non ve ne pentirete !!!!
Pour notre premier voyage à Florence, en l'occurence un week-end de trois jours, nous avons séjourné à l'hôtel axial qui nous a été recommandé par un ami. Nous avons très apprécié l'accueil des propriétaires de l'hotel, le charme, le confort et la taille des chambres. Le petit-déj est nickel. Nicolas le réceptionniste parle couramment français et vous donne des bonnes petites adresses pour manger et sortir dans la ville.
Situé en plein coeur du centre historique c'est un bonheur d'arpenter cette ville magnifique.
Je recommande vivement à quiquonque souhaitant découvrir cette ville de les contacter pour un séjour bon rapport qualité/prix. Ils ont un site internet pour plus d'infos.
Charming, fresh, well-appointed and great location
We had booked a double room at the Hotel Maxim in the same building, but were told we were being placed in their new Hotel Axial downstairs when we arrived. It's a lovely old building with a fresh and modern decor inside the hotel. Our room was large and appealing, with a comfortable-sized modern bathroom, and plenty of room for our luggage to be out from underfoot. For 110E per night we also had a nice continental breakfast in an immaculate and cheery dining area , and were within a stones throw of both the Duomo and the Uffizi gallery. The family/owners have clearly taken a lot of time and care in creating this little gem. After a hot day of sightseeing, it was a pleasure to come back to this little bit of luxury. Internet is free, and there is an elevator.