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... for beautiful views of the Duomo and Florence. We followed that by climbing the 463 steps to the top of the Duomo which was even better. Half way up we circled the inside of the dome and had an up close view of the frescos there. The rest of the stairs were within the inner and outer skins of the dome itself. People with claustrophobia would have a ************ the narrow stairs with people going in both directions but the view ...
... to perfection. The popularity of the shop was also evident by the fact that one of their shophands was consistently having to strike off items from their daily menu as supply was exhausted. The proprietors are also fervent supporters of local club Fiorentina with photos, emblems and the colour purple a recurrent theme. I guess that no one is perfect! PRO TIP: Don't wear the colours of another team in there lest you wish for other ingredients included in your dish.
We wandered ...
We hit the road early, as our plan was to avoid the high speed toll way and take the scenic route to Pisa and then onto Florence. The one and a half hour drive to Pisa was a really beautiful drive, firstly we had to make our way out of the hillside ocean towns then through some lush forestry before following the coast road the rest of the way.
Arriving in Pisa we were very mindful of the ZTL areas and found a park well out ...
... century castle by the Arno River. Note: The Salvatorre Faragamo Castle is a place of worship. It's where you go to worship SHOES. So I got down on my knees and prayed to some amazing shoe styles. Some of the famous ones designed for celebrities them are pictures here in this blog! Next we go on a road trip to Chianti to taste wine and get lost on squiggly windy country roads in Tuscany. One more time, I pray to the shoe gods for a magic pair of hiking ...
... the Duomo. Annagrazia is a very sweet and caring woman. Originally from Milano she moved to Firenze many years ago with her husband and raised her family in the home she is in now. She is an artist and has a studio that spews scrolls of her drawings and other artworks. She comes from a family of painters and drawers. Annagrazia met her husband, Lucca, at the beach. It's evident they were very, very much in love with each other. Her family is very creative, they are all ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Hermitage Florence
Can't wait to go back!
The room was lovely, location fantastic for walking, and the rooftop dining so much fun. Close to many attractions and Ponte Vecchio.
Romantic and hsitoric!
The rooftop terrace saved us every afternoon with a beautiful siesta and sunset. Our room was in the front of the hotel and had a great view of the street activity and Ponte Vecchio. Staff excellent and helpful with "locals" restaurant recommendations. Would stay there again in a minute!
Don't be fooled by the hotel website. The website makes this place look like a quaint romantic getaway, which is far from the truth. The street noise alone had me on edge throughout my stay. I can only speak for our room, however it was so small the television was practically mounted on the ceiling to save space. The room and bathroom were both in need of major updating. Location is the only real plus of this hotel. Our plan initally was to stay three nights, but after two days of tripping over my wife we escaped to Sienna. At least the management was friendly, and let us leave early without any penalty. A complimentary bottle of wine at checkout was a nice gesture, but not enough to bring me back next time I visit Florence.
A little threadbear and a little over-run with tourists traffic
We stayed in the Hotel Hermitage in mid-October 2003. The hotel is right at the base of the Ponte Vecchio which means that there is a lot of chaos right outside the front door of the hotel. I found the location a little too frenetic. Everytime we went somewhere we had to wade through a crowd of tourists for 2 blocks before we could even catch a breath. My advice is to get a few blocks away from this area.
It is, however, an easy to walk to lots of attractions from the Hermitage if crowds don't bother you.
The staff was helpful. They accomodated us when we changed out plans at the last minute. We had to change rooms once because of this and they even toted out luggage to the new room while we were out sightseeing.
They were able to quickly direct us to a "Mail Boxes Etc." so we could ship some Venitian glass back home.
Also, the hotel looks like it was once very quaint. However, it is a little worn and could use some spiff up. I wouldn't go there for a honeymoon or really special occasion. Bathrooms have been modernized but the layouts are a little funky. Also, bath could have been a little cleaner.
The Hermitage offers a fabulous location, right off the Ponte Vecchio and around the corner from the Uffitzi. The rooftop terrace for breakfast starts off your morning with the promise of another glorious day in Firenze. Would definitely stay there again.
My g/f and I LOVE this hotel! In fact, it is our very favorite hotel in all of the world. We have only stayed there twice but this beautiful, friendly and well-run boutique hotel is stunning and achingly beautiful.
It is quite near where you want to be and at the foot of the Ponte Vecchio and near the Uffizzi.
Having beautiful rooms with air conditioning and great bathrooms, as well as views of the Arno river, (try to get a room on the 4th floor overlooking the river), as well as a gorgeous terrace, breakfast room and
lovely sitting room with wine and places to write or read, it just
can't be beat!
In the midst of history
We stayed at the Hotel Hermitage for our first wedding anniversary. The location is perfect, within a stone's throw from the Ponte Vecchio. We stayed on the second floor and had a view of the Ponte and the river Arno. Thank goodness the windows were noise proofed, because the din of traffic and especially those darn mopeds could drive someone batty.
Our room was not big, but enough room for two without being too cramped, the added bonus was the jacuzzi which were not used too much as it was the beginning of July and the heat was oppressive.
We highly recommend the hotel as the service was good, with staff from Germany and Brazil. The breakfast was quite weak with coffee and expresso being the best part. They just got a new expresso machine and it does kick butt.
It is tough to go out for a decent breakfast as within a two block radius, there are only small, small cafes, many of which do not open until 11am or 12pm.
With hotel prices generally being very high in Florence, it is nice to get quality as well. The only drawback is that with a small elevator and five flights as the only alternative to reach the check-in desk, if there is a big party, or if lots of luggage, it will be a slight chore to get up and down. The rooms are spread out from floors two to six, so some sort of up and down is unavoidable.
Near ponte vecchio
wonderful small hotel. staff is very helpful. location is perfect for seeing florence on foot. the rooms are above average.
Terrace With a View
I stayed at Hotel Hermitage for the second time in March, 2003. This trip, with a girlfriend who was seeing Italy for the first time and, having been a regular visitor to Florence for ten years, I wanted her to have the "perfect" location and ambiance to fall in love with Florence just as I did many years ago. We had the larger of the two rooms which. although it has no view, is on the upper floor with the terrace that overlooks the Ponte Vecchio, Arno and hills. The large bath was wonderful for two women traveling together, making up for the smaller scale of the bedroom area. The staff was the same as when my husband and I visited three years ago, always helpful and eager to have you love their city! Despite the rate going up, it is still worth it..you can run out, shop, run your things back up and head out to the major sights, never missing a ringing church bell! The lovely lounge is a wonderful place to relax with tea or afternoon wine and they have crisp fried bacon with eggs if you are craving a touch of home at breakfast!
What You want In Your Florence Hotel
The Hermitage offered everything we wanted for our three day stay in Florence. Quiet, comfortable, convenient, possibly romantic, if you are. The greatest feature from our point of view was the convenience. We wanted to se and do everything, and still have quick easy access to our room if we got tired. The Hermitage made it so easy to see whatever caught our fance from day to day, and still take little breaks in privacy and comfort. The breakfast is simple and light, but that's Italy. The view from the top porch is spectacular. The Uffizi, and the Pitti Palace are within a few minutes walk. We plan to return to Florence and the Hermitage.