Travel Blogs from Venice
... it was just a tad larger. It looked full and we thought we'd have to catch the next one...and then 60 more people shoved on so what the hell! The bus was leaning to the right, there were so many people crammed in to the far side. We couldn't hold on but it didn't matter, we were so tightly packed no one moved anyway. At the first stop enough people got off so it was still full but not leaning. It started raining pretty hard by the time we got back in ...
... to get to the village center, walked through the shops and alleys and finally arrived at the hillptop restaurant where a sumptuous lunch of seafood and pasta was waiting to be served. The restaurant was had a panoramic view of the sea and surrounding hillsides. After lunch, led by our guides we continued to hike for 1.5 hours along the ancient path, climbing high up through terraces of olive trees to the beautiful town ...
... rather bedraggled and underdressed as only italian women can so easily do, we quickly changed out of travel wear and set out to find our favorite shoe store and dinner, success on both fronts! Dinner was in a little tiny bistro and the pasta was divine. The only other guests were from Ohio and they had ordered so much food they kept offering to share.
It is now several days later and Thursday night we attended the opera the ...
A couple of croissants for breakfast and a cafe latte to die for and we were on our way. First a waterbus to St Marks square to see the bridge of sighs, st marks church and a lady singing on a gondola. Then a walk through the streets to the Rialto bridge, Hard Rock Cafe and onion rings and chicken chipees at Burger King ( not great). The best lasagne I have ever eaten for dinner and mint gelato for Roo for ...
... to the Rialto Market. Near the market, we find a small shop for pastries and cappuccino, and then return to the market, where we buy goodies for tonight's dine-in meal. We retrace our path back across the Grand Canal to our apartment to unload our groceries and prepare for the rest of the day.
Tour time is approaching, so we head off under threatening skies to our prescribed meeting place between the famous columns of Piazza ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Flora Venice
Loved waking to the birds
The Hotel Flora was wonderful. My husband and I were celebrating 32 years of marriage. I would love to return there someday but because of a new discovery of consistant infidelity on my husbands part after 32 years, I will be returning with someone else I'm sure.
We loved it
We recently had a memorable stay at the Hotel Flora. We felt very welcome - all the staff were great and looked after us beautifully. We cannot recommend this hotel too highly and cant wait to visit again.
Thank you hotel flora. The Hansfords
An oasis amongst the bustle of Venice
We have stayed at the Flora twice. The first time by accident, the second on purpose and with no regrets! Steps to St. Mark's square and the Grand Canal. Pretty, quiet, secluded interior courtyard. Small (insuite bath) rooms but then so is the price. Strong 3 star, excellent condition and very clean with a wonderfully courtious, friendly and helpful staff.
Beware of the Hotel Flora: crawlling bugs, boarded up windows in smaller rooms
A most disappointing stay at the Flora Hotel. The original room we were given was a dark box, with the window boarded up. The bathroom included a shower that was a wall nozzle and a hole in the floor. The water went everywhere and seemed to invite ALL the bugs in the walls. We suffered from a parade of bugs all night. The bed was extremely uncomfortable.
They did change our room the next day, but the air-condtioning did not work in the new room. They only gave us a minimal discount and the business manager was rude when we recounted our difficulties. We would never return to the Hotel Flora under any circumstances and advise future visitors never to stay there as well.
Hotel Flora is an oasis
We spent 3 days in Venice in mid-June 2003 during one of the hottest most humid spells the've had. We stayed at Hotel Flora, which is an oasis in the midst of the teeming tourist crowds. A charming hotel staffed by super friendly classy people. The room we had on the first floor overlooking the fabulous private garden was so comfortable and cool, we hated to leave! We spent late several evenings in the garden playing Scrabble and enjoying the quiet. Great breakfast in the garden.
It was a highlight of our trip and I can't recommend it enough.
Many trips to the Flora
We are planning a trip to Italy this summer, 2003, or next year in 2004. We have stayed at the Hotel Flora four times in the past, but have not been there for over fifteen years. It was always a great value, great location, and pleasant surroundings. It is great to see that it still remains a true find. The Romanelli family could not have been more gracious in honoring any request we had. We'll be back.
Stayed at Hotel Flora March 8-10, 2003. Small room with definite charm on the first floor unfortunately overlooking the front door and, therefore, about six feet from scaffolding and workmen renovating an adjacent property (starting at 7am on Monday morning). I suggest visitors specifically request a room overlooking the courtyard if possible, which is quite pretty and tranquil. Despite the poor room location, the hotel is very well situated in Central Venice and offers all the facilities most visitors would require. We would definitely recommend it to visitors.
A nice, classic hotel
We stayed at the Flora for two days in February, 2003. It is a small, classic Venician hotel with a lot of charm. The location is excellent, near San Marcos in the shopping district. Our room was a little small but still quite nice. We paid 160 Euros per night during the wintertime. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. We were very impressed with the beautiful breakfast room where a tuxedoed waiter served us each morning (included in rate). This is a very nice hotel and provides a good deal of value.
Greta Hotel, Great Location
very nice hotel with a wonderful breakfast area outside. 2 blocks from San Marco, but quiet considering its location. helpful staff great price.
Stayed at the Flora, have to say it location is wonderful, very peaceful considering how close it is to St Marks Square. The room we stayed in was nice and big. Breakfast area small, but pleasent. Nice outside area to eat if the weather is good.
A reasonable price hotel which offers quality