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... ticket for the next bus to the mall, which is coming at near 1 hour's time. We wanted to have more time to shop, so we dragged our luggages for quite a distance to ask for the price of taxi fare from the Firenze smn station to the mall. It's freaking 65€ for a one way ticket (before extra baggage charge, dunno what's that even), while the shutter bus is only 10€ for a two way ticket! So we decided to just stick to our original plan and wait 1 hour for ...
... the main road), Now we have got to know the area a little better, The WAG was feeling sufficiently confident to attempt this on her own. We agreed to meet there in about 45 minutes. So far, so easy. I finished off a few minor jobs in the apartment, got in the car and set off for the pasticerria. Unsurprisingly, I was there first, so I parked and waited, ............and waited, ..............and waited. As I could see straight down the road, I would be able to see anyone ...
Was anyone out there at the demonstration yesterday? We heard about it afterwards, but I sure would have wanted to go, there is something very profound about the same protest taking place at the same time in many, many countries. I`m so glad the protest was not a riot in Van, at least according to BBC and CBC online.
A TALE OF THREE CITIES
We were in Livorno Friday night, because lovely Carmen did not have a room for us in Viareggio. Sometimes we ...
... after having walked ‘TWO’ laps of the walls.
After breakfast we got ourselves together and took off on a glorious morning to the end of the street and had a stroll through the (twice a week) markets. It was very warm…I even had to slip on the hat and slop on the sunscreen… and there were many locals and tourists everywhere…
Mary managed to find a couple of tops and we finally bought a little hand fan (think Spanish) which Mary has ...
For class field trips the past two weeks we went to the Archaeological museum and to see the David by Michelangelo at the Accademia.
On Thursday it was so nice out (mid 70's) we we headed to the beach!! We went to Vioreggio which is about an hour away by train. The beach is beautiful and sandy and surrounded by mountains. This place is definitely where ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte Viareggio
Im Liberty-Stil und aufs Modernste renoviert. In jedem Stockwerk haben die Schlafzimmer ein anderes Dekor. Der Pool auf dem Dach hat den besten und leistungsfähigsten Whirlpool, den ich je ausprobiert habe. Alles ist elegant und makellos. Frühstück besteht aus dem luxuriösten Büffet, das ich seit Langem gehabt habe (einschließlich Räucherlachs und frisch gebackenem Kuchen). Es ist ziemlich teuer, aber definitiv ein Verwöhnerlebnis.
This hotel sells itself via its website, as a very up market hotel. The hotel looks far better on the website than it does in real life. The rooms were fairly basic, and obviously designed by a man, as there were no personal touches, such as curtain tie backs or much space to put items in the shower (e.g shampoo etc). It was very clinical troughout, with very little personality to it. There was a pool attendant on at all times, and the pool area (although it looked plush) was quite boring and you felt as if you were being watched all the time. The hotel room internet facility (at €7 for 24hrs) was awful. Most sights unavailable to use, and the keyboard was very user unfriendly. It was €27 to get onto the beach. That was for parasol and deck chairs only. An extra €10 for a lounger (each!). The room service at the hotel was a rip off - at €6 each. The choice of room service for breakfast was only a fraction of what was actually on offer if you went downstairs to their restaurant for breakfast. All in all, we were thoroughly disappointed with the hotel, after paying €350 per night for a front facing sea view room. It had no balcony, and we thought we were totally ripped off. The air conditioning was less than satisfactory, and the reception staff were quite abrupt. The lunch menu, on the top floor next to the pool is very high priced, as was the mini bar, and general bar downstairs. Do not be fooled by the lovely website - look around before booking this hotel. The only redeming feature to this hotel was the lovely breakfast choice. But it's not reallyworth paying €350 a night for a nice breakfast is it?!!!!
We had booked this hotel, as part of a tour of Italy. We arrived here, after having already spent 4 nights in Rome, 2 nights in Perugia and 2 nights in Florence. We preferred all of the accomodation at the previous cities far more and had a fabulous time in all of those places. We spent 5 nights in Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte in Viareggio. Viareggio is a very strange place. Miles and miles of beach and designer shops and less than average amount restaurants and very little else really. You cannot get onto the beach for a stroll unless you pay the entrance fee and walking up and down the main stretch of Viareggio becomes very boring after a couple of nights. Viareggio has very little character compared to other place in Italy we have been to, such as Sorrento, Siciliy, Verona and the places named above in our tour. We were glad to be in Italy though during their world cup matches. The atmosphere from the Italians was awesome.
Pisa was our last stop after leaving Viareggio. Pisa was lovely, and full of character and buzz.
Italy is still the best place in the world for us, and the fact that we were disappointed by this particular hotel and resort will not put us off returning to Italy again. Next on the agenda is Venice, Bologna and Milan.
The trains we used to city hop from Rome, Perugia, Florence, Viareggio and Pisa were excellent. Prices ranging from €1 to €12. First class travel was slightly higher, but well worth doing. Taxi prices from stations to our hotels ranged from €7 - €11. Note, that once you have purchased your train ticket that you have to get it stamped at one of the yellow ticket machines at the station/platform. If you don't - you will get fined. Also, when getting taxis you will pay a couple of euro for your baggage too.
Enjoy Italy and the food - the food is amazing.
A superb hotel
This was one of the best hotels we've ever stayed in. The quality of service was outstanding; the rooftop pool magnificent; the staff - charming and helpful. We had a young child (one year-old) and the hotel made her feel very welcome.
The only glitch (very minor) was the unavailability, at the time of year, of the beach area.
A fabulous hotel - we stayed for one week, but it would be ideal for a long weekend as well.
We stayed here for 7 days in June 2005. It would be one of the top 3 hotels we have stayed in.
We were in one of the "boutique" rooms, where the theme was leopardskin. It was a huge room with a large leopardskin couch at one end. The bed was huge, plumped up with fabulous pillows and there was marble everywhere. It all felt brand new and extremly luxurious. There was a flat screen tv, safe, mini-bar and more wardrobes than you could ever fill, all hiden behind mirrors. The bathroom was also a big wow-factor, huge with the tallest pure glass shower, fabulous accessories, robes, slippers and loads of towels of all sizes. We had a balcony with a view of the sea. The room/maid service was impeccable, so much so it was almost invisible. There was a pillow menu for those of us who are exreemly fussy.
The pool on the roof is the perfect place to relax and soak up the veiws of the Viareggio beach which stretches on and on. You are given a beach bag with lovely soft towels whch are changed at any time for your convenience.
The rest of the hotal is just as impressive. The breakfast is the best we have had. Smoked salmon, champagne, fabulous fresh fruit, really 4 star, and Lorenzo the Magnifico serves a mean americano all to some lilting classical music.
It is not designed for families
This is not a cheap hotel, but you most definetly get what you pay for!
If you want to feel really really spoilt the Grand Hotel Principe Di Peidmont is the perfect location.
I like this hotel very much! We stayed in June 2005. Really beautiful hotel! It's one of the best hotels in Viareggio I think. It has some history so you can find photos of the hotel in some book about Viareggio and buy a post card with it :)) The building and rooms are very beautiful. We lived in a room in art-deco style with giant bad and mirror in front of it; bathroom was large and made in marble. Breakfast was excellent - various and fresh fruits (melon, peach, apples and so on) every day and champagne etc. The hotel is situated far away from railway station (30 min on foot), near the sea, but they haven't own beach, so you must pay money, but it is a usual thing for Viareggio. There is a small swimming pool and a restaurant (very romantic in the evening) on the rooftop of the hotel.
I'll stay again if go to Viareggio!
We just came back form a 9 day holiday here at this hotel. It was a beautiful and elegant hotel. They have renovated but have kept the atmosphere of once upon a time. The rooms are quite large and so are the marble bathrooms. Lots of towels and linens. We had a room which looked to the hills and so it was very quiet. We have two infants and when we checked in we found two bath presents from Chicco for them on the bed, as well as, beach towels in a Principe bag. Lots of clients complained that they didn't have this and also the bathrobes were missing. Every floor has a differant decor and atmosphere. We had a room on the fourth floor where it was very luminous, decorated in white and blue. Clean and pure. Imperial style. The cleaning staff are friendly and helpful. At reception you will find mixed service. They are all very professional but some are more than willing to accomodate you, others are totally the opposite. There are markets in the vicinity. We would pick up some fresh fruits for the children at a nearby fruit store. A small supermarket near there too. We had some beach problems. The beach is located on the other side of the road, a two minute walk from the hotel. It is a very nice establishment with a pool. If you use the pool, you will need a cap. At the beach you are given an umbrella and two chairs at 25 euros a day, if you want a lounge that is 10 euros more. The price is a special price for hotel guests. If you go in August, reserve your beach spot in the morning or the day before from the hotel. They have only 20 umbrellas and at times it is not enough for everyone. But if you insist when they tell you that there are no spots, somehow, a solution materializes. Not all umbrellas are used even on the most busiest days. After mid-August the weather is a bit chilly, though the sun is still very hot. Lots of clouds and two days of rain. Also, the water can carry some most unwanted guests...medusas! This year we found two melon size ones near the shore. We didn't encounter them every day though. The water has a blue flag, so it is clean. Some days there were large waves and on others there were very flat waves which was nice for swimming in. The beach is sandy and almost white. Viareggio isn't the best area to go to for a beach holiday though. The hotel offers their bicycles, but there is not enough for everyone. The bikes with the children chairs on them are very scarce, and if you need one of these, I recommend that you keep the key with you throughout your stay. But even this does not guarantee that you have a bike....twice we came out to have an afternoon ride on our bikes when we found that one of the bikes was gone! Someone at reception had given out the bike with a duplicate key. They did resolve the problem though...by adding another seat to another bike. About bike riding. There is a pretty pine forest behind the hotel with a bike trail. If you have children there are many merry-go-rounds, train rides, bike rentals, pony rides and parks for them. But if you just want to go out and ride, this is a very nice area. Even for picnicking. Most people in Viareggio ride everywhere and sometimes there seems to be more bikes than people. In August there is the Puccini festival where you can go and see/hear one of his operas in an outside theatre. Pisa is an afternoon trip away. Viareggio itself is very expensive. Eating out is about 30 Euros a person....but you will probably spend alot more. The best place we ate at was at The Lido, across from the hotel. The hotel has two restaurants. One on the main floor with an outside area which is lovely. The second one is only by reservations because it has five tables, and is by the pool side. The view here is gorgeous....we had a full moon when we ate here and we could see all of Viareggio from the roof top. The meal was very slow. I mean slow. The staff are all very friendly and really are accomodating to anything but the food was not at all exceptional. Let's say it was nice for the experience. It is very cold and windy up there, so bring a jacket. The restaurant downstairs, is elegant but not too formal. Colonial style. The breakfast buffet is complete with fresh fruits, cakes, cereal, croissants, eggs and bacon, salmon, a variety of cold cuts and cheese, juices, toast with all kinds of jams, muesli, yogurts, etc. Coffee American style, cappucinos, expressos, caffe latte, teas, and so on. Lunch is served at the pool upstairs and it is a cold buffet (we never had this as we always had a snack at the beach establishment or at another restaurant nearby)...but we did hear clients criticize the absence of hot or warm plates for the buffet. It was all cold fish and pasta and salads. Dinner in the main restaurant was, all and all, very good. The waiting staff are just lovely and hard working. The maitre might tell you that they are all full, just insist and be patient. There always seems to be a solution. The food itself is not as good as it should be. The service is very slow here too. The presentation of all of the foods are excellent. The meal starts with an antipasto which was always very tasty and artistically presented. Some plates were wonderful but others were not. You will be pleased with the way the food is presented. Some things are art noveau and others are more rustic. Huge plates, square plates, glass, Richard Ginori porcelain ware and black plates. Silver ware. Cactuses in a square glass pot on every table. Differant kinds of breads in a rattan basket. We loved the olive focaccias. Desserts were delicious and again the presentation was fantastic. At the bar, the staff are very nice too. You can have a drink or tea inside or outside. The hotel has a central marble staircase and two small period elevators. There is a library and a sitting room where you can read books or newspapers or watch tv from a flat screen. Chaise lounges. Candies in bowls. Candles and scented pot porri too. The pool is so beautiful. It is on the fifth floor and is usually full (in August). Marble everywhere. A waterfall. Rooftop view of Viareggio. All kinds of jets of water in differant parts of the pool, which you activate by pushing a button alongside the pool. There is a small rectangular stone pool, which I believe, serves to walk in, and to stimulate your circulation in your feet. Anyway, it is a sensory experience. However, the pool is a wading pool. It is not at all deep. In fact, there is a part of the pool which is so shallow, only my 15 months old child could enjoy it! You can swim, but like I said before, it is not at all deep enough or long enough to have a 'real' swim in it. Parking is outside of the hotel, in the back and they have uncovered and covered parking. There are some small problems with the hotel, but not big enough to not go back again. In our experience, though we did hear a few complaints here and there, but most people thought that the hotel was magical. There are a few celebrities that come here too (mostly Italian ones). It is an almost impeccable hotel and we recommend it if you are in this area.
Old world charm
Liberty style, state of the art renovation. Each floor has a differnt decor in the bedrooms. The pool on the rooftop has some of the best and more powerful jacuzzi I've ever tried. Everything is elegant and impeccable. The breakfast is the most luxurius buffet I've had in a while (it included smoked salmon and freshly baked cakes). It is a bit expensive, but definitely a pampering experience.
Perfect end to a fabulous Honeymoon
This was the last stop at the end of an already special honeymoon. It couldn't have been a more fitting place to enjoy our last five days.
We picked the hotel after seeing a picture of the amazing roof top pool - and we weren't disappointed. The hotel has been renovated to the highest standards, modern but comfortable and welcoming. The little touches make all the difference - like providing a beach towels and beach bag for use on the wonderfully private beach. The room was everything you could want and we had a spectacular view of the beach as the hotel overlooks the coast. The breakfast was extensive and would cover all tastes.
We couldn't recommend the restaurant in the hotel enough - we ate there 2/5 nights - but the best meals were at the hotel. It wasn't at all expensive, the service was excellent and the food superb. The lobster was particularly tasty - as you are by the sea it seems a shame not to take advantage of the fresh seafood.
The resort itself was a jewel of a find - designer shops, nice restaurants and beach as far as you can see. If you want to a holiday by the coast, somewhere to relax, somewhere not at all commercial with a bit of class - look no further. It has that feeling of being a little bit exclusive but not at all intimidating, we felt very 'at home'.
It is also very handy for a trip to Pisa - half a day was more than enough time - well worth the wait at the train station. When we did get going it took no time at all to get there and it's just a short walk the other end to see the tower. You should take tear yourself away from the beach to go to Pisa. Once there go and get your ticket for a tour up the tower straight away as they run in groups and you wouldn't want to miss the view. It's worth all the steps and you don't have to be fit to make it to the top - you just need a bit of a head for heights.
We found 5 days was just enough time there to spend a bit of time at the beach and a day out and about. The hotel was classed as a 4 star 'SUPERIOR' the emphasis is on the superior and we were not sure what stopped it from receiving 5 stars.
AMAZING GREAT SURPRISE IN VIARREGGIO
God, The Principe di piemonte was a blessing! We booked it only a couple of weeks before we left for Italy. We feared we would arrive to a building site as our travel agent rang us telling of how the spa was not yet open. But on our arrival, we instead arrived to a Fabulous, Newly renovated Hotel. BRAND NEW!!! We were instantly impressed because as we checked in, who did we see being interviewed in the stylish hotel but god to the italians, Cyclist extrodinaire- Mario Chipilini!!! My Husband is a fanatic cyclist and was very impressesd. Then to the rooms. Our Room had 2 beds . It was very stylish and modern with a plasma tv screen mounted on the wall. The Bathrooms were amazing with great water pressure. The Rooms still upheld old italian elegence though. The pool was class but word of advcice- dont dive in because its only 3foot deep! Its even better than a proper pool in my opinion cus its like a MASSIVE jacuzzi with bed things in it and a refreshing rock pool. The waiters are always there to ask if they can bring you a refreshment and lunch is available on the rooftop cafe. Speaking of food, the dinner was exquisite . i felt like a celebrity, the way i was treated. Last but not least, the location: in the centre of town with class shops to roam before and after dinner. Also the Beach is right infront of the hotel with its own private restauraunt on the beach and an extra (deep) swimming pool. As you may tell, i highly reccomend this amazingly class hotel!
An elegant Hotel
What a surprise this jewel of a hotel is. Located on the Ligurian coast in a seaside town, this grand old hotel was a dream come true. Though we only stayed their one night- using this hotel as a home base to see Cinque Terre---we loved the experience and wished we had more than a day to spend there. The food was excellent and the staff was friendly and courteous. Our room was luxurious and faced the ocean. They have a wonderful rooftop pool--which we had no time to use, however we did take our drinks up to the rooftop terrace. This is a great hotel to spend a long weekend in during your travels along the Itaian Riviera.