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... had a great opportunity to get to know them over lunch. One young man recognized Andy's Western hat and struck up a conversation with us....turns out he is a McMaster grad and played football under Marshall then played for the CFL. Nice kid... he had just finished up a work term in England and was touring Europe before returning to Milton.
After lunch we had a visit to San Gimignano - beautiful old city - ...
... dinner we set out for "Le Barrique", highly recommended by our hostess Donatella. They are very friendly and polite but too full for us on this busy Saturday evening, so we make a booking for tomorrow night and push on. Everywhere is busy, but we persevere and eventually try our luck at an inviting-looking trattoria just around the corner from the "Napoleone". There will be a wait, but it looks so good that we grab a glass of prosecco and stand at the bar until they can squeeze us in. ...
Another walking adveture, on a route from our travel books. It took about 7 miles, thru the workers part of town, and about 6 hours including a wonderful lunch at a quaint Italian restaurant. We had wonderful pasta dishes accompanied by what else but Tuscan merlot!!!
we stopped at a leather shop and yes, I bought another purse! And a belt (Mike bought a belt too!).
now if I could only find some ...
... thats why there are no American tourists. Lunch was out of the main tourist drag and consequently much cheaper. I wasn't to impressed by the Uffizzi, just too many people and I preferred the sculptures and art scattered around the city. Caitlin preferred the Brandy Melville shop she found.
... tickets which was good advise as the line up for going in was huge. Even with our pre-booked tickets we had to line up for over 40 minutes in the sun, we were so glad it was not the middle of summer other wise this could have been torturous.
To really appreciate Florence as a historical town you had to have some basic knowledge of the area. Florence was where renaissance started, the end of the middle ages and the start of the modern era. ...
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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.