Travel Blogs from Florence
... about actually standing near the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It almost rivaled the feeling of standing under the ceilling of the Sistine Chapel. Words can’t describe how it feels to actually see something that you have only read about and seen in pictures.
Back to our train and soon we boarded the bus and were on the road again. Our next stop would be Florence, and our hotel for the next two nights.
This evening we had an optional ...
Spring Break 2011 turned out to be the best spring break ever. Since the Umbra Institute uses an American schedule, I was lucky enough to have the same break as a lot of American schools, including PC and Western Carolina, where my best friend Rachel is working on her Master's Degree in math. But before Rachel got here, I had two days of break to fill.
I spent my first day moving out of my old apartment and into a ...
I've just realised that my grammar is rather poor – whoops! Sorry about that...but don’t complain! Today we had planned an early morning, to beat the crowds to many of Florence’s main sights. Inevitably we didn’t actually get out of the hostel until a lazy 11am. It’s looking rather overcast, and of course by this time we were quite peckish. I had the hot tip on a restaurant near the Old Bridge where a hungry traveller could indulge in 3 courses plus drink for ...
... the doors closed and the train disappeared...!!! I was stranded at a dark, rainy station, not speaking the language and with no cash on me! Luckily a lovely man (with an umbrella) helped me... got me on the right bus, told the driver and another stranger where I had to get off and sorted me out. I was back with Tom fairly quickly and all was good. I did get a bruised set of ribs from an altercation with a car door, the bruise has healed now!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Europa Florence
A good choice!
We arrived in Florence by train and without a hotel reservation. The information office at the station put us in touch with the Europa Hotel. We were very pleased with it -- attractively decorated room, good breakfast, helpful service and attention from owner Gassim. The travel agency two doors away looked after later train reservations for us. The hotel was within walking distance of most of the main attractions and some very good restaurants. We would definitely return.
I traveled in Italy for three weeks recently and stayed in eight different hotels, and Hotel Europa in Florence was the best of all for its price. It really was an incredible deal for all of the amenities they provided, but the best part was the helpful and kind staff, who is the family who owns the place.
The Europa was a hit with us!
We had a great time in Florence and the Europa was a big part of it. Wonderful rooms, but even more of a treat was the personal attention we received from Gassim and staff. Very helpful, and always good advice.
We stayed in the suites in July of 2004, with a family of five and had big, high-ceiling rooms with frescos on the ceiling. Although facing a busy street, our second floor rooms were quiet because of the thick walls and double windows.
Breakfasts were good, and we give the capuccino an "A"
Great value, nice people; we will stay there again on our next visit.
Florence - Hotel Europa, Suite 39, E140 for a suite (2 HUGE bedrooms one with a queen bed and one with 2 twin beds), huge private bathroom with a jet-massage shower, breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30, small refrigerator, and air conditioning. This was right off Via Cavour and about a 5 minute walk to the Duomo. Our favorite thing about the suite was that all our ceilings had original 16th-century frescos. The hotel was very quiet and having that large suite to ourselves was most luxurious! I'm not sure the regular rooms in the hotel are as nice... they were on a different floor and did not look to be as beautiful or large.
A hidden gem
This little 2 star hotel is upstairs on the Via Cavour, just a few minutes from the major tourist sites. We were there in May and agree with what other tripadvisors have reported. The rooms with a view from the back are delightful - ours had a lovely small balcony - and yes, the bathrooms are pretty tight - just big enough. The breakfast is the one area that could stand a little upgrade - too many items in packets.
We would agree totally with the comments about Mr. Gassim. A charming and totally helpful host, who made us sorry that our stay was so brief.
We'd stay again at Hotel Europa and Suites in a heartbeat. We found the hospitality to be the finest we've experienced in Italy while the location, between the Duomo and the Academy, is perfect. Because they are situated on upper floors and far back from the street, guest rooms are unusually quiet. Small refrigerators are part of the deal--they're not minibars, as the hotel isn't selling anything but actually provides bottled water for free. Internet access also comes free of charge.