Travel Blogs from Florence
Wednesday, Florence & Pisa Ciao baby! Buses are only allowed so far enter the city of Florence, so we had about a 15 min walk to start our day. We immediately went into a leather store for a demonstration of how they emboss gold into the leather design. Not too impressive, and I suspect one of the deals the travel companies strike. But they did …
Last night was my Tuscan feast! We had to drive out into the hills a bit to get to our restaurant. It was beautiful, and the restaurant was across the way from a Tuscan abbey. The restaurant is purely for tourist groups I think, but that was okay it was still a night to remember. Before we arrived, kashka had warned us about Salvatore. She …
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... br> Siena is in Tuscany and the historic centre of the city has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. We saw some amazing buildings including The Siena Cathedral and the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, which is the town square. This is also where we did some shopping and had lunch. The streets and alleyways in Siena are great and are full of interesting lights, door knockers and shrines. Most of the outside of the buildings are of ...
... which is a castle right in the heart of the Tuscan countryside which was built in in the thirteenth century as a defensive outpost against Siena's rival Florence. Today it is home to 50 residents and has a small number of restaurants, bars and shops. We had a tasting at a local Enoteca where we sampled a Chianti Classico (which is a famous red varietal in the Chianti region) along with extra virgin olive oil of which we had to ...
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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.