Travel Blogs from Florence
Yes, we are in the culinary capital of Italy! We came to see ancient Roman ruins, art and architecture, but we have interspersed all of that with indulging in our share of wonderful meals, not to mention gelato. The kids are trying out all of the flavors and ranking them as to their favorites. Personally, I think the chocolate is outstanding! I am …
Saturday morning we broke camp in Levanto and headed down the Autostrada bound for Tuscany and Firenze. The cost of diesel fuel here in Italy is scandalous. We paid 1.30 euros per litre in France and the cheapest we have found since entering Italy is 1.60 euros per litre. I guess the Italian government has decided to get out of their debt crisis by taxing the hell out of things like fuel. Last night (Saturday) we struck up a friendship with a couple camped next to us here ...
... walking tour we did the next day wasn't quite as harsh for me as it was for everyone else! Poor darlings looked like zombies forced to care about art. Rapunzel knew as much as our tour guide though, and kept adding snippets of information for those of us awake enough to listen. After we saw a copy of Michelangelo's David, plus a bunch of other famous statues and a really cool bridge, we got the pleasure of watching a leather demonstration. We're all ...
... and the IPhone…! I had looked up online ideas for the best pizza place in Florence and the best gelato, so I walked around looking for the addresses. But it was too early for lunch (or dessert!).
On the same street as the pizza place (which I ended up not going to; I just can't get myself to eat out alone) I happened upon Palazzo Davanzati (included in my museum pass), built in the 14th century and home to several wealthy Florentine ...
... in the middle of a large traffic circle...wonder if that's how they get new business? We took the little C1 electric bus back home for lunch and a nap. Since its Monday, all the museums are closed but there are still a gazillion people in town...tours mostly and getting in everyone's way. The weather has been just glorious and we've loved being outside so much. After our little nap, the bank called and said we were all ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Colomba Florence
My daughter and I (two women) felt perfectly safe and at home in this well-located, family owned hotel. It is exceptionally clean and quiet, with the best breakfast and coffee we had on the whole trip, even better than the more posh hotels. The Rossi's are excellent hosts, and Rosanna speaks perfect English which helped us tremendously. The staff is courteous and efficient, and our visit to Florence was delightful as a result! They have a dependable lift, though we took the stairs for the great exercise.
Hotel Colomba in Via Cavour Florence, is not only excellently located to the main walking district of Florence but also provides a warm homely environment. The Duomo, San Lorenzo Markets, The Station and the Ponte Vecchio are all within very easy reach on foot.
To anybody who is considering staying at Hotel Colomba in Florence we just want to say, this is a great hotel. We were there in October and found the owners and staff to be the best. From the moment we arrived (early morning from our overnight trip from Paris) the staff made us feel at home and invited us to have breakfast, which, by the way, they didn't have to do. They took care of our luggage and got our room ready quickly. They even brought me ice for my coke (hard to find ice in Europe). One of the nicest thing they did was offer to do some laundry for us (at no charge). The next day we saw our jeans drying on the lines in the open courtyard. We got a laugh about seeing our clothes drying among the towels. How often would you find a hotel that would give its guest this type of personal service, not often. The hotel even offers free internet access. Just wanted them to know how much we enjoyed our stay and I hope anybody who reads this will tell their friends about Hotel Colomba.
Location & Cleanliness, highly recommended
Hotel Colomba is located in the heart of Florence. It is spotless and well-located. Breakfast is very good and well served. Expressos and capuccinos are delicious! It is a family run hotel, very kindly attended. Also, English and Spanish are very well spoken. Great place to stay at a very convenient rate!
I stayed at the Colomba the first week of July in 2004. My single room was quite large, especially given the closets that single European hotel rooms usually are. It even had a double bed, which is touch and go in single rooms. The room was immaculate, and the bathroom even more so. The hotel staff was friendly and efficient, reliable for dinner reservations, taxis, hotel reservations and general info. My only complaint, and this one is probably particular to the single rooms, is that there really was not a shower stall. Instead one had to pull a curtain aside over the toilet. It worked, and the water pressure and temperature were fine--also it was engineered so that the entire bathroom was not soaked--but nonetheless still strange by American standards. Finally, the location was unbelievable, just a couple of blocks north of the Duomo--it was easy to walk anywhere in Florence from there, and it was convenient enough to stop back in mid-day for a quick rest and clean-up or just to drop off all your Florence shopping booty!
Nice Family run hotel
The Hotel Colomba has large comfortable rooms, decent bathrooms and a friendly staff. The location is excellent, especially for those who like to shop at the open market at San Lorenzo. Quiet rooms with good heat and AC. Breakfast is excellent. The italian cofee is the best and they will get you some whenever you need it. Free internet.
Nice and clean bed and breakfast.
We were sent to the Hotel Colomba from the Casci hotel our first night because of a problem with the pipes at the Casci. The Hotel Colomba was very conveniently located and is a few minutes walk to the Duomo. Our room was large and very quiet. The bathroom was very small but clean and had plenty of linens. The owner spent twenty years living in Australia so she speaks excellent English and is very easy to talk to. Breakfast was typical Italian continental but included hard boiled eggs and cereal. I liked the Casci a little better, it was more charming than the Colomba, but I wouldn't hesitate to stay again at the Colomba.
We were two couples staying in two rooms at the Hotel Colomba in October 2003. The location on Via Cavour is a busy one, but convenient, just minutes walk north of the Duomo and all the sites from that point and just several blocks to the Accademia and the David. At first glance, the entrance is somewhat offputting - very small sign and an opening in the building facade into a semi-dark entryway, with a small lift and stairway to the hotel on the third floor. But once upstairs, the reception area is small and clean, with the two-room breakfast/TV area located to the side. It is a small family-owned and operated hotel, on one floor encircling a center courtyard area. Inside rooms are quiet, with windows that open onto the courtyard, although the view is marginal - laundry hanging, etc. Outside rooms face Via Cavour or a side street, and though windows are recently installed to withstand noise, one can still hear scooters and traffic. The accommodations we had were quite roomy, with working safe, small refrigerator, king bed and plenty of room for luggage or unpacking into an armoire . There is the usual small bath with shower, but with sufficient and clean linens. Free internet access for email (just ask first). Breakfast is fairly basic - juice, coffee, tea, rolls, jam, yogurt, cereal, milk and fruit - no meat or hot items, but a decent start to the day. The family/owners live on site, so are busy keeping things clean and operating. Roseanne is definitely the one in charge and, with quite a wry sense of humor, is willing to assist with museum/tourist information and/or dining recommendations, etc. She directed us to a small family restaurant on a side street nearby, which we enjoyed two nights in a row and found much more personable and enjoyable than one of the touted guidebook restaurants on the Piazza della Republica. On the negative side, the Colomba does not have much "ambience" and will not impress you with historical and/or quaint architectural features. On the positive side, it is conveniently located, moderately priced and cleanly/comfortably furnished. And Roseanne is definitely a character to remember....