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... the masterpieces housed in the Ufizzi are Boticelli's "Birth of Venus" and "Primavera", Da Vinci's "Annunciation", Michelangelo's "Doni Tondo", Caravaggio's " Medusa" and Francesca's "Dukes of Urbino". We also saw Artemesia Gentileschi's most famous work from 1620, "Judith Slaying Holofernes". She was one of the period's few female painters and her life story is the subject of the Tracy Chevalier historical fiction novel, ...
... decided it would be best for many reasons to change our Venice accommodations. Needless to say, we were very focused on our phones and making this change at lunch. The pizza we ordered was salami and roasted peppers. It was very good too. Once we finally got the accommodations all figured out, we headed toward the Arno River. We walked past the Duomo, the cathedral right in the middle of town. It is massive and very intricate. Lots of pictures happened ...
... Stephanie and I were freezing our booties off so we decided to leave the game, beat the crowd, find a bus, and get back to our nice and warm apartment. After getting lost and going in circles on the bus for over an hour we finally made it back into the central part of Florence and were no longer lost. According to the Fiorentina fight song, "Victory will always be ours", which was definitely shown tonight by the win against Verona by a whopping 4-3!
... to Mark, knew their stuff. We were shown (and then had to do ourselves) how to make a flour and water pasta and an egg pasta. Fun, but hard work kneeding the dough. Then we made sorbet from pure lemon juice, simple syrup and a quarter lemon! Next came the sauces...one cold tomato with garlic and herbs, one porcini mushroom with rosemary and one white ragu (no tomatoes). The pasta was ready to cut now...whew, scary but fun...the flour and water ...
... tend to eat dinner late - starting at 9 pm. Unfortunately, we are usually ready to head home by then. Fortunately, we had heard about a custom called "appertivo", the Florentine equivalent of happy hour - which starts between 6 and 7 pm. So, for a small charge (7€ each) you get a drink and all the appetizers you can eat. The appertivo we had included pasta, salad, crustati, couscous, and lots of other delighful morsels.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Continentale Florence
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.