Travel Blogs from Florence
... yellow bud from inside the zucchini flower and dipped the floppy leaves into the batter, enveloping the entirety of the plant. We tossed these immediately into the hot oil, smacking and popping for several minutes as the dough transformed into a crispy, golden cocoon.The flower swam around for a few minutes until the color, like that of a perfectly roasted marshmallow, was uniform throughout. We grew bored waiting for the guests to arrive, so ...
... walking around all day and desperately needing caffeine (well, me anyway) we decided to head to Burger King in the hope of quick and easy food. Mission accomplished with the added bonus of having beer included with our meal - through a straw of course!
Florence is definitely a beautiful city and full of things to stumble upon, restaurants and cafes to stumble into and streets to wander down.
... bus drivers and passers by, we finally boarded the bus to Lucca. When we arrived, common sense prevailed and we decided to consult a map over coffee. We did our usual thing of, walk, talk, ask and backtracked to the tourist information office to make sure we knew what time the bus left to return to Florence. Sacre Bleau! The last bus for Florence was leaving at 3pm, because the buses too were on strike!!!! That meant we had 45mins to get a sandwich, have a quick look at ...
... there has been a lot of outrage from the locals as I am sure it will effect the tourist trade to a certain level but I guess the Road Racing will bring it a lot of additional people and cycling is huge in Europe. Still deciding if I will go into The Uffizi as I have been through a couple of times in the past. I certainly won't go in today as already there is a huge line. They offer express tickets - a bit more expensive but I ...
... restaurant a few doors down. We both choose local dishes which were amazing. It wad a prefect way to end a good first day in Florence.
The following morning we woke up nice and early for many reasons, to beat the crowds, isn't too hot early in the morning and to make the most of the day.
Our first point of call was a basilica which was right near the main train station where we got off the day before. We got our tickets for the basilica and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Continentale Florence
Ferragamo has several hotels in Firenze. I had to try one out, so I chose Continentale. The hotel is practically on Ponte Vecchio. The location is superb. The lobby is tiny and minimal. Cool elevators. Fab bar area on rooftop overlooking the Arno. For EUR 400 per night, you get a decent sized room impeccably furnished in minimalist style. Since we have been disappointed too many times by the big name, old European hotels, which cost double the price, we now tend to try out the new hip hotels. The rooms are smaller in most cases with these designer hotels, but they are cleaner and obviously newer. The only downside may be that these hip hotels tend to look the same anywhere once inside the rooms - NY, London, Paris, Florence... If you want the total cultural immersion surrounded by heavy curtains, the Old World atmosphere, along with stained carpets and creeky closet doors, then this is not for you. Personally, the price performance is a lot better with these new chic hotels though!
We've just returned from a week-end at the Continentale Hotel in Florence.
Continentale - it really IS as great as the reviews
My husband and I just returned from an eight day visit to Florence, and I have to say that the Continentale really IS as wonderful as the reviews say. The location cannot be beat...right AT the Ponte Vecchio and just down the street from the Uffizi. The staff was remarkable, the room was serene, romantic and - this is amazing- very, very quiet. After trekking around Florence and enjoying the hubbub and sights, the quiet AND the ammenities are blissful to come back to. Cannot recommend the Continentale too much!
Best Hotel Ever!!!
This is the epitome of an ultra cool and ultra luxurious hotel. The interior design of this hotel is remarkable and the service provided by the staff is literally second to none. This hotel cannot be recommended highly enough. The location is perfect and we can only hope to return again.
We just returned from a 5-day stay in early March at the Continentale - and already I wish I could go back. Usually I am the most picky person on the planet so I viewed the earlier rave reviews with great skepticism. But everything turned out to be accurate. Excellent location, friendly, professional staff, beautiful (but not overly large) room and bathroom, all clean,very contemporary, upscale and with endearing whimsical touches. The staff could not have been more responsive and gracious in answering our every question and making arrangements. The breakfast was excellent, our room was nearly soundproof (amazingly so given that the hotel is steps from the Ponte Vecchio), the bed comfortable, top notch in cleanliness and upkeep. We could not have asked for a better base for our stay in Florence. A very well-managed hotel making for an excellent visit.
In a city with so much history we found this hotel to be the perfect hideout. Its a small but very stylish design hotel. We were upgraded to a better room and although we only stayed a single night we were sad we had to leave.
Ive stayed in many 4/5* hotels around the world - but this hotel is one I will return to. The service, style, location etc is fantastic.
PS make sure to try out the weekend brunch at the Fusion Bar just opposite - it is amazing - reservation is required.
Shhhhh...keep it a secret.
I echo the sentiments of everyone who has posted reviews about the Continentale and say that it was by far, our favorite hotel in Italy. The location, the rooms, the decor, the service, and the food were all top notch. If you're looking for a "traditional" Florentine property, keep walking. If you're looking for an upscale, design oriented property with so much to offer, this is your place. My only regret is that more and more people will hear about the Continentale and the next time I visit Firenze, the rates will be through the roof.
Fabulous hotel. Perfect location. Service impeccable. Would absolutely stay here again. Rooms are beautifully decorated in all white with generous closet storage. Spacious bathroom with a great shower.
I can't say enough about this great hotel. We stayed 4 nights at the beginning of June & fell in love with the place. The stylish boutique hotel is partially located in a converted medeival tower along the north bank of the Arno River at the foot of the Ponte Vecchio - the famous bridge is literally outside the hotel doors. The entire staff is excellent, friendly and efficient, from the front desk to the dining room. We arrived late the first night, tired and hungry from traveling, and their kitchen was closed; so their sister restaurant across the street graciously brought food to our room. Make sure your rate has their breakfast included, which is just the right spread of delicious Italian yogurt and cheeses, plus eggs and bacon, good pastries, fruit, cereal, and good coffee and espresso - served in a fun second floor dining room it's the perfect way to start your day before wandering beautiful Florence on foot all day. And make sure to have an evening drink on the 6th floor terrace overlooking the Arno, where beautiful locals also seem to gather. Our all-white bedroom was a plush and modern sanctuary, including a very nicely updated bathroom. Our windows over the river and the bridge were surprisingly soundproof against the busy, scooter-filled streets below during the day. This hotel has a subtle, relaxed and charming beauty and made our visit to a great city just that much better. Highly recommended.
Sophisticated & Great Service
I stayed at the Hotel Continentale from 25 to 28 November 2003. The hotel is decorated in retro 50's style.My rooms was very comfortable and the bathroom was reasonably roomy. The toiletries were of good quality and were beautifully presented. The breakfast was tasty and featured an adequate selection of juice, fruits, cereals and cooked foods.Unlike some boutique hotels where staff members are selected out of their looks and not their skills, I found Hotel Continentale's staff to be well trained, courteous and they delivered great service (I am from Asia where many best hotels are located and I can be picky when I look for good service).It has been a great experience staying at Hotel Continentale.