Travel Blogs from Florence
... the only bus back to Cortona disappearing up the hill (presumably without any passengers). I am not sure what the bus driver was thinking - or maybe he wasn't. Fortunately there was an Italian man with a minivan taxi, who had been ferrying tourists around wineries. He offered us a ride to Cortona for 10 euros. Sold!!!!! The cynic in me wondered whether he may be related to the bus driver - but probably not. After a big day we ordered some take away pizza and had an early ...
... so, for a few reasons.
- As Avenue Q teaches us, everyone is a little bit racist. I bought it from an Italian vendor, as opposed to some of the other vendors who heckle you and harass you as you go.
- I worked at Roots for 1.5 years selling leather bags, so I have a decent sense of what it is supposed to feel like
- The merchant, Ferri, showed us many of the tricks other vendors use to make their stuff look genuine (Florence "stamps" ...
... outside the market where all you smell is leather; coats, gloves, and purses. It was wonderful. :)
Florence seems more calm and collected than the crazy bustling streets of Rome, its a great change of pace. Off to bed for now, to spend lovely Christmas Eve roaming the streets tomorrow.
Enjoy the pictures :)
... Florence has much more graffiti than I ever would have expected. Call it homesickness, fatigue, or hunger, I was not overly stoked on my first view of what would become my home for the next 3 months.
Luckily, however, my first week in Florence was one of pure comfort. After arriving on Wednesday, September 19, I spent only two days in Florence before 2 of my closest friends from home came to ...
... for some pizza and chianti (had the ruffino one). Then was time for us the jump onto the bus for Rome!! Which is about a 3 hour journey so we get there about 4pm and then off on a 5 hour walking tour of rome! Florence was lovely, actually felt how I imagined Italy to be, small and easy to get around on foot! Spoke to chad and sung him happy birthday in Italian ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Albergotto Hotel Florence
Lovely staff, wonderful stay
My secretary booked Albergotto for my three-day work stay in Florence. I owe her a raise for that. The well located little hotel -that's exactly what albergotto means in Italian: little hotel- has the best location in town. My huge room was silent and confortable, with a terrific bathroom and shower. The staff however made the difference: they really care about your comfort, and if you at least try to say some Italian simple words like "buon giorno" and "grazie" they will show you how kind Italians can be. My work stay became a pleasant "soggiorno" in Florence, thanks to the restaurant hints they gave me. Albergotto will always be "my" hotel in Florence as it was composer Verdi's in the XIX century.
Eduardo Pereira, Brazil
Hi folks - I am writing this review because I depended heavily on tripadvisor to make our Hotel determinations for our trip to Italy. I especially depended on the reviews linked to this Hotel. We only had a chance to stay one night at the Hotel Albergotto and we are sorry for that. We are grateful to the users of this website for recommending such a lovely Hotel in Florence. We paid $230 Euro, breakfast was included.
Very Nice and comfortable
Small hotel with very attentive staff. Hotel is clean and in an excellent location. No frills but very accomodating. Some of the rooms are small and would request larger room on next stay. All in all, a very pleasurable experience.
Stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in July 2003. It was one of 4 hotels we stayed in during 18 days (and 4 cities) in Italy. The room was spotless, the bathroom clean and modern (despite having the typical Italian shower, which wasn't totally enclosed, allowing water to leak out and onto the floor.) The air wasn't very cold at night---luckily we were there right before the big heat wave, but it was still hot at night. Our room faced the back street and with the window closed it was quiet; noisy from the vespas if we opened the window. The breakfast was decent and the hotel staff very friendly, spoke English well and I'd stay there again. It seems that in order to get decent air in Italy, you'll need to shell out more than you thought; but a good night's sleep was worth it to me.
The hotel is not so bad in general, but the only one thread which connects it to 4* category is location, but one may consider it as a kind of disadvantage, as well as "Gucci" shop on the ground floor - you have to climb up to the elevator. Hotel "Albergotto" is really situated on a busy road, so don't forget to buy earplugs. The windows are absolutely not soundproof, although new. Breakfast is quite lousy, but it can be even worse in Italy. Bathroom facilities were not as nice as I expected, a little worn out and out fashioned, but clean. There were no hangers in our closet. The staff was friendly; I had to remind them about these circumstances twice only. The cleaning maid was also doing her best. Every evening I tried to get rid of the disgusting dirty mat by pushing it under the bed, every morning she pulled it out again.
Albergotto is lovely
The Hotel Albergotto is a lovely stay. We stayed there in late August 2003 - right at the end of the infamous heat wave. (We transfered to the Albergotto after an apalling night at the Brunelleschi.) The staff was extremely friendly, the rooms were clean, modern, and (best of all) well air-conditioned. (The only trick was that the AC cut off at 1am every night by govt. mandate - no fault of the hotel's.) Breakfast is standard but fine - plus you're within 3 minutes' walking distance of some truly superb cappucinos in the main square. All in all, this hotel is wonderful and well worth the money.