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... of Michelangelo, Galileo, Niccolo Medicci and Dante, as well as works by Donatello. On our way there, we walked through a little alleyway where school children were being let out for the day and families were there picking them up (no one was in a car; everyone walked or rode bikes). It was a very cute, Italian, everyday scene, and we enjoyed watching it unfold. All the parents picking up their kids had some kind of snack for them -- that must be some kind of tradition or regular ...
... you ever visit Florence put this restaurant on your list. There will be no dinner in the restaurant for the Wilsons tonight but a light snack from room service. We wandered some more after our meal in a frugal attempt to dispense with some of the calories from lunch and two hours later were back on the bus heading home to the Pride. Feeling weary and very contented I think a glass of champagne and a good book might just about do me in. Tomorrow morning we wake up in Monte-Carlo. ...
... fighting, kicking, and belting each other black and blue. They even have doctors standing by to stitch up any lacerated skin, and broken bones are not uncommon. The object of the game is to score a goal, that's all. We went past the temporary stadium today which is in one of the main squares in Florence, the field is cobblestones with a thin layer of sand. I could have got tickets if I wanted to, but tomorrow night Italy is playing England in ...
... might die on the side of the road. Finally it came and we got on. We knew it would cost about 8 euros total, but that is all we knew. We tried to by tickets (I swear) but the driver said we had to get tickets some place else. He let us on anyways and after a 30 minute ride, we were in the heart of Florence.
It was Monday. We have not kept track of days here, since we are on vacation. And after all of our travels, we should know better ...
... back to the 11th century. Then we snuck into the side entrance of an old school church, which was both empty and very somber. It’s original and very plain style was indicative of an earlier style of Christian architecture which was meant to focus on the religious aspects of worship rather than the Renaissance and Gothic ideas of opulence and grandeur. It was neat to, for once, be the only people in a single place. We stopped just long enough to admire ...
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Ultra chic Ferragamo hotel
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!
Don't go there!
We've just returned from a week-end at the Continentale Hotel in Florence.
This hotel is really disapointing and doesn't deserve his trendy reputation.
His situation in front of the Ponte Vecchio is perfect and his top-floor terrace wonderful but unfortunatelly that's all.
Staff members are very nice but are not trained about hotel management and special request as good adress or special places in town.
The concept of the Continentale is a copy to the Ian Schrager's hotels but unfortunatelly this new hotel looks already old: the white who's the omnispresent color looks grey and must of all dirty. The glass floor of the lift is broken and contain a lot of stains.
The floor of our deluxe superieur room was full of dust and the bathtub wasn't very clean with a lot of hair inside. The governant staff doesn't speak english at all, there's a problem of bad smelling in the lobby because of construction and finally the hotel is very, very noisy.
One advice, don't go there!!!
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.
A remarkable hotel
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.
Perfect hotel, amazing location
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.