Travel Blogs from Pisa
12 August 2014
Started slowly this morning – it was quite foggy outside with a little bit of rain. I did washing etc, Di wanted to take it a bit easy because she didn't sleep well. Craig and Phil have gone for a big long walk in the local hills. It was great to take it easy. We eventually did go into Pistoia for another look around at things we hadn’t seen – ...
... but when we checked out the tickets, the soonest we would have been able to do it was 7:00 pm, so that was out of the question. Daniel was surprised at first with the size of the tower, thinking that it should have been much taller. We did our pictures with the tower, did a little shopping and had a quick bite to eat before heading back to the bus. It was another one of those iconic things that ...
... however it’s safe to say all those men carrying around armloads of fake handbags is not a legitimate business.
As we got off the bus, the vendors just hounded us but we got on our way pretty quickly, heading towards Pisa. We were split into 2 groups (with the annoying family in the other group, thank goodness) and were given a guided tour. After the tour was over, we were given some free time to take pictures and take a walk through ...
I found the Leaning Tower of Pisa to be a bit underwhelming when we stopped in to visit it today on our way to Florence. After seeing so many pictures of it over the years, I was just so surprised to find how short it is - I was expecting it to be twice as tall! I was also a little surprised to find that it's not a standalone building. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is, in fact, one of three buildings that comprise ...
... In an effort to compensate for the tilt, the engineers built upper floors with one side taller than the other. Because of this, the tower is actually curved. Construction was halted again in 1284, when the Pisans were defeated by the Genoans in the Battle of Meloria.
The seventh floor was completed in 1319. It was built by Tommaso di Andrea Pisano, who succeeded in harmonizing the Gothic elements of the bell-chamber with the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Francesco Pisa
Great location, adequate facilities
Hotel Franscesco has a great location - just down the road from the leaning tower (but because the tower leans towards the hotel you don't see the full angle!). And just 10 minutes taxi ride from Pisa airport.
We found the hotel adequate for what we were looking for - a base to see Pisa.
Our rooms were clean and tidy, reasonably well equipped. The room at the back of the hotel was quiet and shared a balcony.
We found the staff helpful. Breakfast, again, was adequate - it did the job.
Bearing in the mind the price and location, we would recommend Hotel Francesco.
For meals try turning right and walking about 150 metres.
5 minutes walk to Pisa.
This hotel is 5 minutes walk up the street to the leaning tower of Pisa, location wise can't be beaten. If you came to see the tower, (lets face it, what else is there to see in Pisa) then it's a perfect location.Reasonable rate 70 Euro, inclusive of parking fee, on the street just outside the hotel. We stayed there 1 night on 6th December. Owner-operator Giovanni attended to us. The room is clean but very basic, there is a bit of a noise problem if your room is facing the street, although it's a small street, it's a major thoroughfare. The breakfast of Croissants and toasts, and coffee is just standard but adequate, but from the breakfast room verandah there is a view if the Tower, fantastic photo opportunity without leaving your hotel. There is a free internet station but it is extremely slow, for all practical purposes it's useless. It's also walking distance to the university area, reasonable place to find cheap eats.
Great Small Hotel at a Fabulous Location
We loved our stay at Hotel Francesco. The facilities are beautiful, the service was outstanding and also the te location was perfect
Decent but could be improved
This place provided everything they promised, but our stay was not pleasant. The hotel is literally a few steps from the leaning tower and the rooms were just like in the pictures on their website. our room was dirty-ish and we had problems with spiders in our room. Also the staff was not very helpful. Don't get me wrong, they weren't rude. They just didn't communicate with us well. For example, when we checked in, the keys were basically thrown at us and we weren't told at all about what time breakfast was at, where the free internet access was, or anything. The price was good and the location was excellent though.
The hotel is well situated with clean rooms and friendly staff. The breakfast is not good so don't rely on it. Also, don't eat in a restaurant within sight of the tower, go down to the university area, closer to the river, particularly if you are visiting during term time.
A Differing Opinion
My family and I have just returned from Spring Break in Italy. We booked two rooms at the Hotel Francesco based on the above recommendations. We were all very dissapointed with the hotel upon arrival. The rooms were dirty, cold and had live insects keeping us awake most of the night. The breakfast was not worth getting up early for. The staff was as a rule friendly but this is one hotel experience we will not be repeating.
Good value for money
We stayed in this hotel for 3 days during August 2003 (the heatwave!) and were very impressed. The location could not have been better. Not only were we a couple of minutes from Miracoli and the Tower, but it could also be seen from the little terrace at the back. The bus stop to the main train station was virtuallly right outside the hotel which was also very convenient. The rooms were clean, comfortable and quiet and we found the a/c did cope considering the terrific heat outside. One little niggle-you could not use the terrace after approx 11am until the evening because there were no umberellas to provide any shade. It would have been nice to sit out after a hard days sightseeing looking at the tower(which we never got tired of looking at-it was so beautiful). Good value for money
A superb choice
Excellent value for money. The room was slightly on the small side, but that was the only negative criticism. Spotlessly clean, friendly and efficient staff, all this in the perfect location. The area appeared very safe and full of character, and only a stones throw from the Tower. Even in our room at the front, on the first floor, noise was never an issue. A superb choice.
Fresh and clean
We liked the location of the hotel 5 minutes from the Duomo. The hotel was clean and modern. Air Conditioning could have been stronger.
Well worth a stay at the Francesco!
A spotlessly clean above average 3 star hotel. Situated within easy walk to the leaning tower and other sights and restaurants. Attentive, English speaking staff. The hotel has a pretty little sun terrace to take breakfast on or just sit and have a drink. The leaning tower can be seen from the sun terrace. No tea or coffee facilities in rooms but complimentary coffee available. In my opinion well worth a visit.