Hotel Alba Palace
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Another hot day and we went on the Express train, via Roma to Firenze. The train got up to 293k - again very smooth. There were a lot of tunnels in the stretch from Roma to Firenze so Simon got some blogging done. We arrived just before 1pm and it was 33degrees. We got a taxi to hotel as it was so hot. Susan's lymphodema is doing really well in the …
... the Mugello circuit - not crowded, checked out our seats top row Poggio Secco.
Sunday Moto GP race day. Took same train from Florence but caught dodgy unlicensed would be taxi to the circuit. Racing breathtaking all day. We hung Australian flag on railing being us and Jack Miller (Moto 3) waved as he rode past us. Loris Caperossi tribute to Simonchelli - whole crowd very emotional.
Crowd was amazing stood, clapped and yelled at every ...
... with a family from Pennsylvania, which as we chatted, made the ride go quickly. Our Canadian-politeness back in action, we stuck to topics we knew would not cause controversy, and bit our tongues a few times. He mentioned that when Obama got elected, he bought the biggest truck he could find because nobody has the right to tell him he has to drive a Prius.
By the time we got to Florence, I must confess, I was completely beat. Between ...
... had a look at a fine Stradivari violin from 1617. Very fine workmanship. There were other pieces in this small gallery but they paled against the 'David' it was well worth the €15 entry and would pay to see it again.
Off to the central markets to buy something for tonight's dinner. I ended up getting some fresh ravioli with spinach and ricotta. I cant wait to give it a try. After that we had a slow stroll down the leather markets, ...
... Hence, purchasing the Firenze Pass, which allows you to skip the lines and gives you 72 hours to explore over 60 basilicas, galleries, museums and palaces, seemed like a no-brainer.
You would think it would be the week of kite surfing beforehand that would have taken its toll and would send my body into a familiar state of constant pain. In actuality, it was the endless standing, climbing steps, and admiring more art than I had ever seen in my collective 29 ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Pets allowed
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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.