Travel Blogs from Florence
Well, yes, we experienced an Italian train strike today as we tried to leave Rome for Florence. Really the only inconvenience was not knowing what was going on, and then having to wait about 2 hours for the next train. Not nearly as bad as it could have been! Just so you know, the bathrooms cost 1 Euro to use. The kids wondered if there was free …
We started the day with a walking tour of Florence. Our local guide was really good looking. We found out that there is a lot of art everywhere around Florence. The Duomo was gorgeous. We learned that it is called St. Mary's of the flower, it is the religious center of Florence and is made of marble. The white marble represents faith, the red charity and the green hope. We saw Ponte Vecchio, the bridge with shops lining ...
... Since we couldn't really stay in the apartment, we decided to start our Florence sightseeing. First, we headed to the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (aka. the Florence Duomo) by way of Santa Maria Novella square. Accidentally, we ended up at San Lorenzo church first, and thought about going in, but we found we needed a ticket so, we continued on to the Duomo.
Arriving at the Duomo was a bit of a shock to the ...
... forgot my money and picture ID that I needed to buy the pass, so I had to go back anyway (this was when I had the idea to keep track of the number of times I go up and down those stairs every day!).
Back at the Uffizi, I asked at door No. 2 about buying the pass (because that’s what I read online) and they escorted me to the office of the woman who sells the card. It was kind of like when you sit with someone at the bank in order ...
... in leather goods. Oh to have mega bucks, and unlimited packing space. John did manage to find a great man bag. From there we made our way to Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza Signora where we had lunch. The statues in this square are again amazing and at times overwhelming. We then picked up the bus again to continue the remainder of the city tour (blue line) ending up back at the Piazza Stazione ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Berchielli Florence
What makes this hotel a four star is the great location. Other than that I would say that this is a 3 star hotel inside.
Ideal location, nice room, great staff
Spent 4 nights at the Hotel Berchielli in early August. What a nice hotel in a great location - on the Arno, midway between the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Trinita. Spacious room, comfortably appointed. Excellent breakfast buffet. The 4th floor rooftop garden was a perfect place to while away the heat of the afternoon, listening to the sounds of Florence. Staff most helpful with reservations, train tickets, etc. After the massive scale of the Duomo, the Uffizi, Pitti Palace & Santa Croce, don't bypass Chiesa di Santi Apostoli just across the Piazza del Limbo. There are less expensive rooms in Florence, but I can't imagine a better value. The next time we visit Florence, we will return to the Berchielli.
Look No Further for a Hotel in Florence
After tiny rooms in Naples and Rome (at a substantially higher price), what a delight to stay at Hotel Berchielli! Our very large room had a fabulous view of the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio. In the early morning, the houses on the other side of the river were perfectly reflected in the water - awesome! The breakfast buffet included scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes! You can't beat the location and, except for one somewhat taciturn woman at reception, the staff was great, especially Giovanni, the bartender. There was some hallway noise and some noise from adjacent rooms but I wouldn't bother to look for another hotel in Florence. We highly recommend Ristorante Garga, Trattoria Bordino and the wine bar, Le Volpi e L'Uva.
A very pleasurable experience
The Berchielli enjoys an excellent location, directly next to the Ponte Vecchio and only minutes from the Uffizi Gallery and Piazza de la Signorina. The hotel is superbly decorated in a refreshingly different art-deco fashion and provides all amenities one could expect in a 4-star hotel. The staff are professional, business-like and competent. Room accomodation was very good and comfortable. One major plus point for Anglo-American visitors: the Berchielli is one of the very few hotels in continental Europe which actually cooks breakfast bacon in a way that corresponds to a traditional English breakfast and tastes. For this alone their kitchen staff deserve some sort of award. The hotel can be recommended unreservedly.
Despite very many visits to Italy this was my first visit to Florence, a city I had always wished to visit so I was anxious to select the perfect hotel for myself and my husband for a romantic break and spent much time deliberating using the internet. Although there are only a few reviews for this hotel it seemed to provide what we were looking for, particularly a fine location. So we went for it and the hotel more than lived up to expectations. We chose a standard room, deciding not to upgrade to a river view, thinking that the rooms to the rear of the hotel would be quieter. We were given a lovely room beautifully decorated in typical Italiante style overlooking a small ancient courtyard and camponile, very peaceful. Room was adequate in size but I fell in love with the huge split-level sunken marble bathroom!
A fine hotel in a great location
We stayed at this splendid hotel for almost a week in April 2004, and recommend it most highly. Our first room was most comfortable and spacious; but when we had a problem with the plumbing, the desk sent a man at once, and when he could not fix things, they voluntarily moved us to an upgraded room overlooking the Arno. Service was always courteous and helpful. The breakfasts were abundant and good. The location - half a block from the Ponte Vecchio - could not be bettered. This hotel offers real value for money; one could spend two or three times as much in Florence with no serious increase in comfort, and a much less convenient location.
Excellent location, very close to the ponte vecchio and all other attractions. However, not sure that this should be classed as a 4* - the room service menu was extremely limited and very expensive, and the facilities within the room were limited. nevertheless, a pleasant hotel which served as an excellent base during our stay in Florence
Great place to stay
This is a lovely hotel. The rooms are large and clean with smart marble tiled bathroom. We had a lovely room with a balcony overlooking the river. Its very central, just round the corner from the Ponte Vecchio and a few minutes walk from the main tourist areas and the designer shops. The staff were excellent and very helpful.
Really Nice Hotel
We stayed here in May '02 for a week. The hotel is on the Arno about half a block from the Ponte Vecchio. The room was immaculate and very tastefully decorated and a big, tile bath w/shower, toilet and bidet.
The front desk, concierge, bartenders and bellhop were just wonderful with getting us cabs, train tickets (delivered to the hotel), ristorante reservations etc.
The bar was great, light meals, great drinks and great conversation with the bartender. We had two teens with us that had their own room and the bartender was always awesome to them, cooking omelets and making shirley temples. I would stay here again in a heartbeat! They made us feel right at home!