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... good at capturing facial expressions. Annoyingly no photos in the chapel or of the sculptures were allowed.
After this, I took a winding route back to baptistry in front of the duomo. Not as pretty outside as the one in pisa but one of the best ceilings I've seen so far (sistine chapel aside perhaps). Nearly all gilded in gold it was mindblowing to look at. I desperately wanted to lie on the floor to see it better but I don't think I'd get away it, ...
... We climbed the stairs up to the terraces. You could see down into the cathedral - it was amazing!
We were then greeted with more stairs to the top outside section. The unobstructed views over the city were absolutely breathtaking! After getting our photos we headed back down the stairs. So spirally! And of course impatient people were flooding the staircases. I was getting sick of the sound of my thongs going flip flop flip flop and being echoed.. so i took them off! Later, ...
... for one of their gardens and as their symbol. Some attribute this David's homo-erotic soft somewhat voluptuous body to Donatello's sexual orientation but nothing definite is known about this. It is a beautiful piece of work. The bronze is beautifully finished and had the hair tinted apparently. Finishing bronze like this had been lost with the works of antiquity also. Donatello also had a marble St. George from the ...
... They had some unusual blends, but mostly familiar herbs.
For dinner tonight we went to Acqua de 2. This is a famous Italian restaurant. It has high ratings from TripAdvisor; was recommended from our hotel; and there was an autograph from John Cusack!
We were able to have a sampling of courses. They were delivered as chef's choice.
For a start:
Warm bread with garlic humus & bruschetta
Fennel salad, Corn salad, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cellai Florence
We have just returned from a week in the Cellai, have found it comfortable, clean, no unwelcome insects. The staff were polite freindly and helpful, all you could want from a 3 star hotel in a busy city. Can't understand all the bad reviews, but note where they came from!!!
We liked this hotel and thought it accurately priced for a fairly simple experience. It was refurbished and classy, although the room was a bit small and we did not realise it was air conditioned at first - probably why we left the window open and got bitten by the plentiful mosquitoes. The staff were perfectly courteous and helpful. The hotel is extremely well positioned halfway between the main rail station and the major sights of Florence - it's about half a mile from the Duomo, for example. The worst of the building work seems to be over (May 03) and it was quiet and easily accessible. Downsides minor - There was no chest of drawers in the room. The breakfast room filled up quickly and they ran out of food at one stage. Coffee is too watered down for our tastes. Entrance area always smoky as reception staff appeared to chain smoke.
Fine for a short city break
We spent two nights at the Cellai and found it perfectly acceptable for the price. It was nicely decorated and clean, with good pictures on the walls. The roof terrace was pretty. Breakfast was OK but the staff were rather surly. Although our bedroom overlooked the street, the double glazing kept the noise out.
Reason why this hotel is cheap...
Small rooms, Noisy. Not sure whether they were fleas or mosquitos, but something was biting us. There are much better hotels for the money.
Clean comfy and quiet
We stayed in the Cellai for two nights earlier this week (Jan 2003). I read the reviews on this site after we booked so was a bit apprehensive but was pleasantly surprised by the hotel. Our room was quite small but was clean and quiet and the bed was comfy. There wasn't much space to sit in the room but as we were there to see Florence, not sit in a hotel, this wasn't a problem. There are several communal areas in the hotel where you can lounge if required. The bathroom was spotless and breakfast was great in a pleasant dining room. The roof terrace is nice though the view of the Duomo isn't immediately apparent! Out of season the hotel was excellent value, no mosquitoes either, and the location is good. I'd go back.
Great inexpensive hotel
My mom and her friends stayed at this hotel when they came for my wedding. They got it as part of a package and so weren't sure what to expect. No mosquitos for them -- and friends who stayed at the most expensive hotel did have the mosquitos so I think that is just part of the Florence experience and bug spray is required! It is a wonderful inexpensive hotel with great art and different nooks and crannies throughout. There is a rooft terrace with roomy chairs and bar where you can see the cathedral. The rooms are not huge but very practical. The bathrooms were spotless. And, while I didn't sleep on the beds we did sit on them and they felt quite firm. My mom really enjoyed it. And it is only a few blocks to all the sites. Trattoria Guelfa one block away is great.
This hotel was disappointing. There was very major construction going on on the entire street/block in front of the hotel (we were there in Oct 2002 - but this construction looks like it will be going on awhile). The taxi had to drop us over one block away. The rooms are tiny, old, dark, not particularly clean. Honestly - kind of depressing. The bathrooms are tiny yet well maintained. The hotel was inexpensive though. And the location is relatively good.
We stayed there a in August and I agree with the first review. They weren't fleas however, they were mosquitoes. The staff was very rude.
Not Bad At All!
Quite contrary to the other review - I found the Cellai perfectly acceptable. We stayed there one night and the hotel staff was very helpful in guiding us to restaurants, details around procedures in the hotel and so forth. While the hotel is not a five star property, the price was compatible with the look, features and quality of the rooms.
The other very good thing about the Cellai is that it is perfectly located to see the sights in Florence. Blocks away from the major museums, good restaurants and the main cathedral in town.
Donīt miss the Trattoria Theatro just down the street. By the way - no fleas or anything such as this!
Don't bother staying here. Rude hotel staff. Tiny flea infested rooms. Pictures look nice but deceiving. Very noisy.