Travel Blogs from Florence
... into a friend, we call him San Diego, from the ferry. It was a fun little side trip to see the Tuscan countryside. Fun fact: Pinocchio was invented in Florence in 1881 it started as a series in newspapers and became world famous in 1940 when Walt Disney made it a movie.
Tuscany is a beautiful area. We stayed in the city of Florence which doesn't have the most to do, but we left Greece early and due to my partner's lack of funds we decided to have an ...
... told her she's a moron, paid a tently speck of cash and made for the bus. Just as I had one foot on the bus though, I had reception bird's boss hot on my tail. I greeted her nicely, figured she just wanted a photo with me and my beard but soon found out that was not so. See, she had a nice little bit of printed paper that had my details on it with a reservation for a bungalow. 5 minutes of arguing later, I suggested to her that she is an incompetent dim wit with a brain capacity ...
I had no idea what "Fashion Night Out" was, but everyone kept telling me I had to go. Since I wasn't leaving for Amalfi, me and my roommates got fancy and went out to see what it was all about. As we walked towards the Duomo, we heard music and people. The streets were filled with people all dressed up and music blaring from the stores. Each store had a DJ and employees ...
... around the downtown until we tracked down lunch. I was looking for something light so I ordered the bruschetta sampler. Regular, white bean, anchovy and pate. Came to the conclusion that the anchovy was surprisingly good and that even if it is really good, I hate chicken liver pate! As you may know, I eat almost anything but I just do not understand the allure of this dish. One of the kids had a "mac and cheese" Italy ...
... the water, we arrived and i ordered a ling island ice tea. At first bad, it grew on me and by the end i really enjoyed it. A nice start to our italian bar experience. Walking home slightly drunk we stumbled upon an Aussie singing to a big crowd, later we found out he finished 3rd on Australia's got talent. A fantastic start to florence, both of us were really excited for our first full florence ...
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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.
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.
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!
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.
Near ponte vecchio
wonderful small hotel. staff is very helpful. location is perfect for seeing florence on foot. the rooms are above average.
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.