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... me. Needless to say I was tempted and have bought jumper number 4 for the trip. I also bought a beautiful pair of cream Italian leather shoes (they'll go really well with the jumper!) and a couple of pairs of fancy tights. One thing you notice walking around Montecatini is the amount of cycling promotion and decorations that are around the whole town. The recent European road races were held here in September. There at still flags along ...
... if we ever needed an ego boost, the market was the way to go.
We chose to get food from the market again, but sat inside our hotel room because it was so hot. At 15:00 we met up with our program leaders again, where we all got bus tickets and went to a bus stop. We took a bus up one of the hills overlooking the city (almost all of Firenze is in a valley) and the view was marvelous. Everywhere you looked there were red rooftops, and the Duomo ...
... designed it his scale model collapsed and they then waited some 100 years before anyone came up with a solution how to build this dome. We went to the gallery Uffizi which holds a painting by nearly all of the ninja turtles. Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello. The gallery was full of remarkable sculptures and paintings. The first section of the gallery was dedicated to the Roman Catholic history (definitely needed a lesson in catholic saints). Then we explores the ...
... no more looking at the beautiful ceilings with my sunglasses on!
We went back to the Mercato Centrale to do some shopping. We were hoping that the rain would hold off so that we could walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo later in the evening. It was fun buying the beautiful produce. We bought some gorgonzola crema, proscuitto and salami, pomodorini (cherry tomatoes), basilica, fragole (strawberries), olives and dried druits.
It was still raining, but ...
... and debrief of the day, before showering, resting and heading out for dinner. We went to this awesome, cheap little pizza place, where we had a whole pizza and a beer each for 11 euro! We finished off the night with the best gelato I have ever had (it had been recommended to us by the bike guide) and there was a huge line out the door for it! With the full moon beaming down at us from the night sky, we ate our gelato on the bridge, reflecting on our crazy day in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Vittoria Montecatini Terme
Clean, efficient and relaxed.
The hotel is set in its own gardens at the top of the town, very close to the Terme park. 5 minutes walking distance to the main street through the park and 5 minutes down the hill to the train station. The ground floor is 'grand' but the upper floors are less so. Bedrooms are high ceilinged and functional but lack charm. They are cleaned to a high standard daily. Service in the restaurant was efficient and friendly. Food is well-presented and of a high, regional style. The wine list is varied and very reasonably priced.
Monticatini is an ideal centre for exploring the delights of Tuscany. We used the fast, cheap rail service to Lucca, Florence, Pisa and Viareggio. Florence was very busy but you can avoid the long queues for the Dom etc by waiting until the afternoon.
Quiet but a bit dull
The hotel overall was clean and well kept, although upstairs wasn't as nice as the reception room. We stayed for a week and that was just enough for a quiet break. The breakfast could have been varied a little as bacon and scrambled eggs every morning got a bit boring. I wouldn't recommend staying in Montecantini Terme without either the use of a hire car or the use of public transport as I felt that there would not be enough to do during the day. Definately take the train to Florence as it would be a nightmare to park and if you are interested in one of the many Spa establishments then start off at the Excelsior Spa and then choose one from there as it is not as straight forward as choosing a treatment and getting it done. The highlight of our holiday was Lucca it's a beautiful town inside a wall and once you get your head round the many different streets its fun to just wander and see where you end up. Florence was alot of waiting for entrance to galleries and museums, (tip: take the city tour bus from the train station).
Wonderful breakfast but room dull
We stayed for 4 days in July and found the hotel OK but be warned the rooms are abit drab and dark. The breakfast served in a conservatory was the highlight - plenty to eat and great choice of drinks (including camomile tea for decaff drinkers!). It's a five minute walk into town, downhill, but it does make it quiet. The pool is small and there are not enough loungers. Staff were courteous but not all that friendly. General advice on Monticatini - take the train to Florence. try to visit the Pinocchio Park nearby and the funicular to Alta is worthwhile for fun and the views!
To Be Recommended
Seven minutes walk from the centre, this suited us fine, made it a really quiet location, close to all amenities (especially the spas). If using the spas, get the opening days and times of the different spas early on in your stay - we wanted to visit the open-air pool but found it was closed when we visited (sunday).
Hotel room was very quiet which suited me as I am a light sleeper, no sound from other rooms or corridor. Food was very good, only negative comment being that indoor dining room was very hot in July and no outdoor terrace.
Old Charm Needs Some Polish
Just returned yesterday from Italy and a week-long stay at the Grand Vittoria Hotel in Montecatini Terme, Italy (Tuscany). A former grand hotel situated deep in the upper neighborhoods of this town, the Grand Vittoria was once a shining gem in this well-known Italian spa town. Today, it could use a but of polish, most especially in the rooms and on the upper, non-reception floors.
Staff was kind and approachable, most especially the dining room attendants. The Dining Room manager could be a bit overbearing and loud. However, the food remains top-rate.
Visitors will find their rooms rather bare and lacking in decor, most especially in lamps,pictures and color! Very clean, but austere. The upper floors are quite a shock from the grand reception rooms upon your entrance. There are no Venetian chandeliers upstairs!
Overall, a comfortable hotel just in need of a little TLC.
A good choice
My family of five stayed here for five nights in July of 2002, and very much enjoyed the hotel. It has a grand and historic feel to it. We took two connecting rooms (a rearity for European hotels) facing the front of the hotel, which were spacious and very comfortable, though not elegant. This is one of those hotels where you should sign up for both breakfast and dinner, because the food is excellent and there are literally no restaurants to eat at in Montecatini. I recommend both the town and the hotel, particularly if you are driving and want an excellent base for visiting Florence, Lucca, Pisa, and the many picturessque hill towns of Tuscany. Don't miss Montecatine Alto.
Fabulous food and service-Great pool!
I just came back from a week at Hotel Grand Vittoria on a Club ABC Tour. It was a fabulous experience. The breakfast buffet was excellent and the dinners were out of this world. We (a group of nine) sat at a table from 7:30 to 10PM each night and had the most wonderful meals and service. The fresh fruit and salad bar was outstanding and there was a great choice of wonderful Italian food on the menu each night. The desserts were homemade by the pastry chef and they were so delicious. The hotel pool was clean and refreshing and the chairs were very comfortable. The location was great. It was quiet and serene at night but only a few blocks from the town center and the train station. The service was excellent. I loved it!
Loved Montecatini and the Grand Hotel Vittoria
We just returned from a package deal to Tuscany that included airfare and a 7 day stay, with breakfast and lunch/or/dinner, at the Grand Hotel Vittoria, in Montecatini. The town itself was beautiful, with shops resembling Rodeo Dr. in Hollywood, and perfect for taking walks after dinner to sit with new friends for coffee. The hotel was beautiful, centrally located, and the staff was efficient and friendly. I would recommend staying here as your base for seeing the Tuscany region.Instead of taking the optional tours, we rented a car, and drove to Cingue Terre, Lucca, Pisa, Sienna, the Chianti region and Livorna, all within a hour drive. We took a train (a 10 minute walk to the station from the hotel) to Florence. The weather was a little cool, but sunny and pleasant.It was a wonderful trip.
A spa in the sun
The Vittoria is a typical Liberty style Grand Itallian hotel.It is positioned at the top of a moderately sloping street, in the heart of a residential area.The entrance with it's waterfall steps will please you and the public rooms are recently redecorated and furniture reupholstered. Sitting within them, the atmosphere is not quite relaxed as the are used as a thoroughfare to other parts of the Hotel.Pre dinner drinks are taken on the terrace to the right of the entrance and the head barlady mixes a mean Martini.The resturant is a distinctly average and we were let down by an awkward and unobliging manager. Food is average also for what appears a fine hotel.Our room was OK but nothing to remember fondly. The main drawback is no balcony to have a glass of wine and relax.The swimming pool is at the front of the hotel and is completely overlooked by passers by. Although we got used to this, we felt we were sunbathing in the street and will check out the pool aspect next time we book any hotel.A pleasant stroll down the road and you come to a tee junction which is virtually the heart of Montecatini Terme town centre. This lovely town with it's shops, statues and cafes is completely invisible from the hotel, in both sight and sound. Although large, it is very quiet and the railway station is a few minutes walk away. We used the railway to go to Lucca, the ancient walled town and also to Florence, both worthwhile although only a historian would want to queu for some of Florence's attractions. You can pre- book some of the museums and avoid the hassle. The railway is cheap,air conditioned and much more fun than an organised tour.To the near the hotel are the famous Spa buidings. Each is supposed to offer different mineral treatments for differing complaints. They are surrounded by a beautiful parkland. On summer eveneings concerts are on offer in the spa buildings and also in the open air. These were mostly free.On the outskirts of Montecatini is the funicular (near vertical) railway to Montectini Alto. This is an old town overlooking Montectaini Terme and well worth a late afternnon trip staying there for an evening meal.I think we would unreservedly reccoment Montecatini Terme. However for a perfect stay we would have prefered on of the 5 star hotels although, the Vittoria would suffice as long as you can disregard it's shortcomings.
Grand Hotel Vittoria Still Has Class, Cachet
The Grand Hotel Vittoria is a 19th-century hotel that still looks--and is--grand. At the same time, its rates are among the more reasonable of this spa city's 4-star hotels. The hotel has a pleasantly old-fashioned aura, with long marble hallways, a grand staircase, and comfortable public rooms. Its formal dining room serves very good food in a 19th century setting, at fair prices. Our corner room showed its age, but its all-marble bath was grand and absolutely antiseptic. The Italian composer Verdi stayed here in the 19th century. During World War II, this imposing (tho' not especially large) 4-story hotel was Nazi headquarters for this region, and later the American headquarters. This helps to show its place among all the dozens of good hotels here. Montecatini Terme is a pretty, upscale, well situated center for touring and enjoying this part of Tuscany (Florence, Lucca and Pisa). About 20 trains a day make the 50-minute trip east to Florence and the 25-minute trip west to Lucca. The town is Italy's foremost spa city, like Baden Baden in Germany and Vichy in France, and still has some of the feel of when wealthy Italians--even royalty--came to take the spa waters. Many people still do. It also has chic shops selling modern and traditional art, jewelry, leather goods, and other fashions. It attracts primarily Europeans--from Italy, Germany, France, England--but is not well known by Americans. After dinner, many couples, most middle-age (or older), can be seen strolling the well-lighted streets and even through the large park areas. A very pleasant and relaxing scene. The hotel is a fair distance (15-minute walk) from the train station, in an attractive residential area next to parklands; taxis are available. The town and hotel provide an "other-world" experience that can be found in only a few places, and certainly is far different from most U.S. resorts. We enjoy it enough that we cannot imagine being in this part of Italy without returning. And it provides a quieter and lower-cost alternative to Florence, which is still very reachable.