Travel Blogs from Florence
... Tuscan roads for a 15 mile ride. The views were so breathtaking that I found myself hitting the brakes for pictures every 5-10 minutes. The scenery was full of olive trees and Tuscan cypress trees...so pretty! The ride itself was advertised as "beginner", but my legs said it was definitely intermediate. I forgot that Tuscany was made up of never ending hills!! After 3 hours, we stopped at a Chianti winery whose farmhouse and villa were built ...
... remembered knowledge from the rest of us about this statue. We head for the bookshop for some better authoritative information on the subject and settle in a while on the seats surrounding David reading the information and taking in the tourists reactions.
After walking around the now quite busy gallery we head back out to the streets with an even longer queue at the entry and meander back downhill to see the Duomo. There is some debate as to ...
Yesterday we said goodbye to Rome as we continue on our tour to Florence or Firenze as they call it here. I help out the men carrying the luggages to the coach as there are over 60 that need to be placed in storage and it was proving to take longer than intended. Leo turns around and claims that 'I'm a woman with balls' and I tell him it's not the first time I've heard that before but tell him I hate idle hands. We drive to the Leaning Tower ...
... sauce, again made by nonna. Awesome! Nearly made myself sick. The following evening, we had dinner with a very nice couple from Oregon that we met at the B & B. They were very well educated and had been there a week or so. We ate at a place they recommended for Steak FLorentine. The less informed mid-westerners quickly learned that Steak Florentine has nothing to do with spinach and everything to do with size. This thing would've fed an entire ...
... pesto at the markets because we were not going back yet. But they look so good! Next trip! We did buy some Parmesan cheese back though. On hindsight, I could have just bought some and see how they held up during the journey to Milan and flight back to Singapore.
So after the whole morning, early afternoon of markets, we headed to another market- the straw market. It was pretty similar to San Lorenzo market and surprisingly ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Fortezza Florence
I liked this hotel for its decent price for the above average service and room.
The staff is friendly and very helpful with info. about sights to see. The hotel though is a brisk 20 min walk from the town center (and 15 min from the train station), and not easy to find and if you have kids or hate walking then think of other places.
I recommend the la circola restuarant near the hotel (ask the front desk). Ate 3 days straight there. There is also a bar nearby.
I am not a fan of the hotel modernist decor or the shower (too small).
We recently spent three weeks in Europe, from September 21 through October 12. See my other reviews of the Hotel Alimandi in Rome, the Hotel Bernardi in Venice, the Libertel Austerlitz in Paris, and the Ibis Earl's Court in London. The third stop on our European trip was for three days in Florence and the La Fortezza Hotel on Via Giovanni Milton.
Quiet and comfortable
I agree with all the positive reviews. This is a straightforward hotel, clean, quiet and comfortable. We slept about 10 hours each night! Staff are friendly and helpful.
I have eaten fresher food for breakfast (that seems to be the Florentine way, not this hotel), and I have used a bigger shower - but that's not important. What mattered to us was the peace and comfort to sleep off the effects of some serious gallery-walking.
There is a good, friendly restaurant-pizzeria 'Chirola' just 5 mins away (hotel staff will direct you, and give you a city map) and the city and station are within easy (and interesting) walking distance - unless you have big luggage or have already walked all day!
We would certainly stay here again.
Excellent value for money
We were more than pleasantly surprised by this hotel. It is modern, clean, classy and quiet. Although a decent walk from the main station, especially if you have luggage, this hotel is well worth the visit. We intend to stay there every time we go to Florence. Good restuarants and bars close by, and a large public garden.
La Fortezza Formidable
Stayed 2 nights here and had a lovely room on the ground level (underground from the street and traffic), backing onto a courtyard. Very helpful staff, delicious breakfast. A bit of a hike from the centre of town but nice and quiet when we got there. Very happy with our stay.
LaFortezza - Great Little Place
Spent three nights in Firenze in May with my family (wife and two adult children). LaFortezza was a great place to stay...not too expensive. Convenient location just on the outskirts of the central district. An easy walk to all that Firenze has to see, yet we could conveniently escape back to the hotel...away from all the hustle and bustle of downtown. If we ever get back to Firenze, we definately would stay at the LaFortezza again.
Clean and Friendly
We spent three nights at La Fortezza in late December. It is not a luxury hotel, but the staff is extremely helpful. The hotel has large, clean rooms, and a nice meeting area next to the reception desk. It is convenient to the train station, and Florence is an easy city to explore by foot. I would highly recommend this hotel.
This is a very new hotel, about 10/11 months old. It's the best hotel i've been to in Italy so far! The rooms were big and very comfortable, sleek & high-tec designs, card-access to rooms, even the TV reception was very clear! And it offers the best buffet breakfast i've had in italy hotels! You ask for expresso or cappucino, you'll get it! And the waitress is very warm & friendly. The lady receptionist was also very friendly and helpful. We wanted to go for a tour but was cancelled and she took the initiative to help us co-ordinate a taxi with another couple who also wanted to go so that we can cost share the fare! Only set-back is that it's not located in the city centre. It's about 15 mins. walk from the train station and 25 mins walk to the city centre.