Hotel Alba Palace
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... I always get sick travelling so 2nd week into the holiday that's exactly what happened that good old getting a cold trick. Luckily it didn't stop me from seeing the sights.
Florence is the capital of the Tuscan region so it was a perfect place to be based for 6 nights. In Florence we did a heaps of walking around and saw the usual sights such as Santa Maria del Fiore, this is a gorgeous cathedral which is the symbol of the city, Ponte Vecchio which is the oldest ...
... by a high wall and had a few forts for look outs. We had half an hour to explore and I walked around with a a hazelnut and coconut gelati checking out the buildings and the shops.
Our second stop was the much larger Siena. This is one of the optional stops on the Busabout loops and once we arrived there I kicked myself for not opting to stay. I really loved the vibe of the city. It was a lot bigger than I had expected and the alleyways were cool and ...
... The Loggia dei Lanzi functions as an open air sculpture gallery and houses lots of statues among them the statue of Perseo holding the head of Medusa. Just round the corner is the Uffizi Gallery and further on up the road is the Ponte Vecchio, until 1218 the only bridge across the River Arno. The current bridge was rebuilt in 1345 after a flood. Again during WWII it was the only bridge across the river that the fleeing ...
... have been smart in making it an attraction in a city that would otherwise be bypassed. The climb to the top, which literally had you feel the lean of the tower, gave us a great view of the city. Onward bound to Florence gave the girls yet another excuse for a siesta as Santo indulged in his passion of doing all the driving. Having no idea of where to stay, Maria did some research along the way of the best spot to place ourselves. Walking ...
... close-ups of neighboring buildings plus a view of the Arno looking west from the top floor. To the right, one can see the covered walkway leading from the grand Duke's office or Uffizi to the home across the Arno along the Ponte Vecchio. When first built, the Uffizi or "office" in Italian, was used as the administration building.
After a brief rest stop at the hotel, on Freya's recommendation, we headed across the Ponte Vecchio up to San Minato al Monte by taxi for great ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Alba Palace Florence
Nice little hotel
Good, central location, within walking distance from all of Florence's main sights. The rooms are small, but quiet and clean. The dining room staff could use a little friendliness assistance, but were okay. The desk staff was nice.
My husband and I stayed at the Alba in October, 2003. It was a short walk from the Florence Rail Station (but you may need to ask directions!) We found it conveniently located to the central area of the city and also the tour buses left from near the rail station. The room we occupied was not as small as eg in Paris and it contained a small fridge. There were restaurants closeby.