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... and so joined the shorter line (only about ½ hour wait). Also, due to the large number of our group we had to be divided into two…but we did the same thing.
Once inside we checked in at the metal detector and bag search area (seriously high security) and then checked out the amazing masterpieces on show. Unfortunately there is not photography allowed in the gallery so we just had to zoom in and take some mental pictures of the different paintings and ...
... Bible. After this we went to eat the most delicious focaccia sandwich imaginable at All'Antico Vinaio, the sandwich porchetta, artichoke paste, spicy grilled aubergine, sundried tomatoes & zucchini. Definitely the most delicious sandwich ever! Couldn't Bruno make sandwiches like this for lunch back home? We ended the meal with a thick slice of Mozzarella di Buffalla that they gave to ...
... to watch and listen to. Half of the time she didn't know the words but in her accent you couldn't tell what she was saying half of the time anyway. When she sang YMCA she said IMCA which was hilarious. For an entree we had 3 bread things one with pork, the other beef and the last was tomato with oregano and cheese the tomato one was my favourite. They also gave us cured meats. For the mains we had penne with a tomato sauce, lasagna and a steak with salad dish ...
... You can feel everyone start to doubt the large night but I ensure the boys that is for future us to worry about and we have to get on it again and make it a big one. The Wolfpack are again sharing a room in our hostel and we have about an hour to get ready before dinner. The entire group meets in the eatery downstairs and sit along a huge table and share chicken, Italian sausages, salads, breads, cheeses, and desserts, it certainly was a feast. To ...
... dating back to the Medici days. http://www.mimo-international.com/ This link will bring you to some information about these instruments and the program they have.
After the 31/2 hour tour, we decided to have lunch at Scudieri in the Piazza San Giovanni. We had great service and a wonderful waiter who made us feel like a million bucks. Loved the service and the ...
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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.