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Travel Blogs from Florence
We kicked off the day with a visit to the Academia gallery to see the world's greatest sculpture - Michelangelo's "David".
Even with all the art we've seen so far, we were so awe struck by this work. The statue is beautiful (we assume David had time to really work out on the stair master before he slayed Goliath!) and towers …
We got the morning train today, to see the famous Pisa and it's leaning tower. The Florentines and the Pisans engaged in a long war, during which the people of Florence apparently kept peeing into the Arno river, knowing that in flowed downstream to Pisa! Eww!
Anyway, the leaning tower is very cool - we climbed to the top and …
Today we set off to see the renaissance sights of Florence.
We started off at the Bargello museum which had fabulous sculptural work by Michealangelo, Donatello and others. The museum housed Donatello's bronze "David", the first male nude sculpture ever created.
We then went to Palazzo Vecchio which was the home …
We took the train to Florence today and are excited to be here. Nitya is thrilled to see that she has a private bathroom! We got lunch at nice Turkish cafe and then went out to explore the city.
Florence is the playground of the great Italian masters (also the four Ninja turtles) - Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael …
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 …
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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.