Travel Blogs from Florence
We arrived in Florence during the early afternoon, by train from Rome, and walked to our hotel about 1 km away. Our hotel was La Fortezza and it is located near the Fortezza de Basso on a relatively quiet side street. We checked in and found our room to be very lovely and comfortable. I had emailed the hotel in advance to ask them to make a …
... in high school and we went out to dinner which was nice. Sunday morning we went to Santa Maria Novella which is famous for it's facade which was done by Alberti and focuses on the perfect square and other geometries. After that we went to Palazzo Strozzi, and then to the Galleria dell'Accademia where the original sculpture of Michaelangelo's "David" is prominently displayed. The last thing we did before taking the train back to Rome was to visit ...
... hours in the museum.
Back outside, I headed around the corner to the street market. It was set up in a corner of the large Piazza d. Santissima Annunziata, maybe 20 different vendors displaying items like jewelry (I liked these miniatures pins and had to remind myself that I don’t much wear jewelry!), jars of honey, leather purses, candles. From there I walked over to Piazza San Marco, a surprisingly peaceful ...
... vecchio (palatzo vhekkio pronounced). So glad I did, the replica of David is there as well as some other statues and they looked sublime under flawed lighting, the shadows created on the bodies were my favorite, so much movement in them. Hooray for marble statues! Walked about a bit more, got a photo of myself rubbing the nose of a bronze piglet to ensure my return to Florence before coming back to the hostel and writing this. My legs ache but it's brilliant ...
... to drive then park. We have early starts each day, 5:30 alarm then suitcases outside the doors for collection onto the bus then breakfast for us. Out of the room by 7:30 and onto the bus. Everyone has been very punctual so far which means avoiding the worst of the traffic. We are having to do hand washing until Nice which is ok but tricky with drying. We are hoping we haven't left anything behind - power cords especially! We had a great escape out of Roma, through the old ...
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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.