Travel Blogs from Florence
... is almost no motorised transport in town. people just wander up and down the streets like they were all malls. there are a number of pushbikes thought, a few taxis, and the little postman pat buses.
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... and everyone had fun. Wednesday morning we got up really early to get to the duomo before it opened and really crowded. We got there around 8:20 am and around 8:45 the line was already wrapped around it, so we got there just in time. We kept switching back and forth about getting food and waiting in line keeping our spots. We then we're close to getting it and realized we needed to buy tickets before we got in line so I ran to the closest ticket place and got one of each of us and ...
... side. This allowed them complete privacy and security when moving about. The corridor also permitted them entrance to the chapel balcony where they could worship in private.
The corridor is open only by appointment and is lined with over a thousand paintings and hundreds of self portraits by the finest artists of each decade. A special treat for us was the ability to view portraits of 19th and 20th century artists that ...
... and I next made our way toward Il Viottolone, the cypress tree-lined gravel path. We happened upon the haunting face sculpture, Tindaro Screpolato, by the Polish sculptor, Igor Mitoraj. We could see multiple statues on both sides of the cypress-lined path, but we made it halfway down Il Viottolone before we decided to turn around and rendezvous with the David family.
We stopped ...
... they may have to roll me home. Our last day in Florence we found this tiny restaurant that has been running since 1953, packed with shared tables. We would never have known it was open except for Trip Advisor, and the people that opened the door before us. At twelve it was packed, and then the madness started - the food was out of the open kitchen within 3 minutes. I had the most delicious cheese ravioli with meat sauce ever, and Shelley had a beautiful ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Bretagna Florence
A very nice place to stay. I went there in january and i loved it. The hotel is charming and i had the luck to have a room with one double bed and one single bed. I was with my boyfriend so we had more than enough place. I can surely testimony on rooms because we saw two of them. When we arrived, we took the only room left (still with one double bed and one single bed) the bathromm was outside the room (but only for us, we had the keys). Both rooms were lovely.
The ONLY thing this hotel has going for it is the location. Keep in mind that once inside the front door, you can either wait for 20 minutes only to find that the elevator is broken and you must lug your baggage up 3 flights of stairs OR you can just give in from the get go and take the stairs to start with. Once registered, you will find that there are no more lifts (not even broken ones) to get you to your room. Not a big deal unless you are carrying 3 weeks worth of luggage, which we were. The next set of stairs are steep, narrow, and there are about 5 flights of them. The staff was not helpful at all. They nickel and dime you to death - i.e. charge you for an iron, etc. Also, the girl who worked in the morning, would not look up any restaurant/attraction/information on the internet for us, although she was yahoo-ing something right as we walked up. A male clerk on the night shift practically stalked my friend and I, made lewd gestures and comments, including ones like, "Don't you remember me? You lost your virginity to me." YUCK! Breakfast was mediocre (basic bread, yogurt, juice and coffee) The room was disgusting. Not only were we moved once during our stay, but there was blood splatter on the walls, musty bedding, a shower that sprayed everywhere but on you, a TV with a broken remote, a view of a brick wall, stains on the "carpet", and a bathroom that flooded every time you used it. It was awful. As a matter of fact, it was so terrible that I wanted to leave Florence a day early just because of it. I would absolutely discourage anyone from staying at this hotel, even if it meant you go somewhere with a less desirable location. This place is a rip off. Just don't do it. You will be sorry.
Only for the hardy traveller
Hotel Bretagne has the best location for the money, the staff are relaxed and helpful, and there are no creepy-crawlies. The bad news is that some of the rooms, like the one I was in, are poorly designed with regard to noise and ventilation. Let's just say I felt like I got to know the sewer system of Florence while I was there. If you can, ask to see the room and request a change if it's in proximity to the stinking airwell. Also, this is not the place to stay if you're carrying much luggage. There's a small, unreliable lift.
Very small room for a double room. The location is great, just by Ponte Vechhio. The staff are pretty helpful. Gave great advise on travel to Sienna and San Gimigano. An avreage hotel, with good staff and great location
We were looking forward to our stay at the Bretagna, the photos on the website looked amazing and we didn't mind the 'shabby chic' feel to it until we actually got there. The main reception rooms which looked so beautiful and large on the website were actually small and dirty. In fact the furniture in the rooms were so dirty I wouldn't have put my luggage on them never mind myself.
This the worst hotel of our trip to Italy and really soured our view of Florence.
This is a very modest, no frills hotel right on the Arno River. The hotel is actually on the second floor of the building and there is a tiny lift to the hotel lobby. After that, it's stairs stairs stairs! A little challenging with the luggage, but fine without. The two of us ended up with a room large enough for four people, so we had more than enough space. Though the furniture was a bit of a hodge-podge, the room was clean and cozy. It was more like being in someone's house than a hotel. The bathroom and shower were quite tiny, however...definitely not for the claustrophobic! Contintental breakfast was served in a lovely room with a beautiful view of the river and many bridges. As far as location, we were quite pleased. We walked everywhere and the Ponte Vecchio is just down the street. The hotel is technically within walking distance of the train/bus station (we walked to the station to catch a bus for a day-trip to Siena), but definitely too far with luggage so we opted for a taxi for our arrival and departure. The hotel staff is extremely friendly and helpful...overall, this was a very positive experience and I would definitely recommend it. The owner advised us he is buying a newer property across the river, so that might be worth an inquiry for the next visit.