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...ma per buttarmi in Arno!
After scintillating you with my tales of Roman adventure on the first half of my trip to Italy with my sister, I shall continue on to our stay in Florence and the conclusion of our Italian tour. But first, I must share this awesome piece of artwork that we came across on the street on the way to catch our train …
... first stop was Leonardo's Lewtherworks, where Elle bought a puzzle ring, and put it on her finger swearing never to take it off. I promised to teach her how to do it on our next travel day. Then I took her on a (very bad) guided tour of the city, run by yours truly! We saw the (fake) David in the square, and all the other statues, Santa Croce church and square, then down to Ponte Vecchio where we drooled over expensive jewellery, over the Arno ...
... ended with a visit to the Duomo Di Siena, a magnificent chapel in the heart of the town. Bought a couple of knick-knacks and did the long walk back to il busso. The trip home was about 1.5 hrs. We arrived back at the Florence train station in the dark (bout 20:30). Back to the apartment then out for some Florentine pizza, because we hadn't had Pizza here yet (have in every other city apart from Beaune, France!) Another great day in ...
... is a museum, with rooms preserved and/or decorated the way they were in the Medici era and a few grandiose rooms from when the french King Charles VIII took control of Florence. Downstairs there are two courtyards dedicated to sculpture, one is quite a pleasant garden if it weren't for all the sculptures of nude chicks around. There are also several rooms dedicated to modern art, which I'm sorry to say isn't nearly as fascinating as the classical stuff. Maybe I just don't ...
... glass if Pinot Grigio with desert.
An interesting fact for those of you planning your trip to Italy; it is not customary to tip your server. Servers receive standard or above minimum wage & Italians as a culture do not like to be rushed through a meal so this way there is no desire to 'turn the table'. We have to request that dishes be removed from the table & you will never see a check unless requested. We have been tipping as I think it is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mario's Florence
We stayed at Hotel Mario's in early October 2004. The location is very central (nice short walk to the train station and tourist attractions), and the staff very friendly and helpful. Our room only had a sink in it, but down the hall we had our own private bathroom (toilet and shower), where you needed to use a separate key that only we had access to in order to open the door. This room was cheaper than one with our own bathroom in it, and it suited us great (no problems with the shower)! The room was very nice with traditional Florentine furniture, and the fresh flowers and fruit were a nice treat. There were also two main rooms in the lobby where you could watch tv, play cards or read a book. In the mornings I thoroughly enjoyed the nice hot chocolate they served (made with steamed milk). But if you have been reading the guidebooks, the days are long gone when they served chocolate mousse (we stayed there for 4 days and never saw it), or when Mario offered free driving tours (there is now quite a fee if you would like to go on one of those). I would strongly recommend this hotel, and would stay there again myself!
No Showere problem
We spent 2 nights at Marios in October. The location was convenient - close to the train station, straw market and the Duomo.
Our room had a shower with accordian doors. We had no problem with water on the floor. The friends we travelled with had a tub with shower. It did not have a curtain and they had a little trouble with water on the floor but the hotel provided them with extra bath mats.
The hotel gave us a great rest. recommendation - I believe it was I Due G. The house wine is good and the spinach rissoto is fabulous. Peter, our waiter, was a wonder. They said they would send me the recipe for the rissoto. They also served great bistecca - very rare.
We would stay in this hotel again.
We were a little disappointed in our stay here. The staff was really, really nice. The rooms were very small, but clean. The fresh flower and fruit left each day are a nice touch. You will definitely get the best cappucino served at breakfast. On the down side...the bathroom. The shower was so little we could barely close the doors around us. The doors of the shower were accordian style, and it wasn't in any kind of drainage dish. That means when you shower, the bathroom floor got soaked. It really was a mess, and very difficult to get ready in.
Our favorite place
Mario's, after staying here 3 times, has definitely become our favorite "home" in Firenze. Mario and his staff are very helpful, professional and caring.
The rooms are immaculate, nights are very quiet, the lobby or sitting room very comfortable and cozy and the location is perfect for those travellers arriving by train.
Even though it is an easy walk from the train station, the hotel is not in the "area" of the train station, but instead on a fairly quiet street lined with some wonderful small trattorias.
The duomo, the Accademia and San Lorenzo are nearby.
The only drawback for some may be there is no elevator to the second (in American) floor where Mario will buzz you in. Other than that..perfection at a very reasonable price~
Stayed for 4 weeks - strongly recommend this hotel
Hotel Marios is a 3 star hotel, with all the amenities expected -- but I can honestly say from years of travel, that this hotel is unique because of the warm atmosphere and welcoming staff.
Having vacationed in Florence numerous times - and knowing many of the hotels there -- I was lucky enough to happen on Hotel Marios. I ended up staying for more than 4 weeks in total with them - and was able to see that this is a well run hotel that makes each and every guest feel comfortable and at home.
It has a great location, within a short walking distance to fabulous restaurants, all the sights of Florence, etc. and close to the bus and train terminals to be convenient, but far enough away to avoid those typical problems.
I strongly recommend this hotel.
We jsut returned from our stay in Florence and Tuscany. We enjoyed our stay at Marios very much! We had read somewhere (maybe in these reviews or Karen Brown) that we should not be "put off" by the exterior and this is very true. It does not look like much from the small street. It was a quick walk from the train station, where we took the SITA bus from the airport on arrival. It was a 10-15 minute walk to the Duomo area. It was very hot in Florence when we were there and our room was always cool and pleasant when we returned at any time of day. We stayed in room 12 and even though it looked out on the street, the windows are nicely sound-proofed. Noise was never a problem! The room was not large, but very comfortable and clean. Fruit was placed on a plate in our room each day. The breakfast was good and the staff very efficient and helpful. A very well-run establishment! The third bed placed in the room was not as supportive as the other beds, but all were fairly firm. The air-conditioner was at times too cold, but I slept right beside it (I am the one who is always hot, so I certainly wasn't going to complain or asked to have it turned down!) I would definitely stay at Marios again with no hesitation.
Hotel Marios has charm
Hotel Marios is in a great location if you are traveling by train. It's an easy 5 minute walk from the train station and located on a side street close to all the action. It's a short walk to the market and Duomo. We walked all over Florence from the hotel and never needed to take a taxi or bus.
The rooms are smaller and more expensive compared to the other hotels we stayed in while traveling in Italy, but very clean and a decorated with a lot of Italian charm.
The staff is friendly and helpful. The lobby and breakfast area is nice for sitting and chatting and you can get a cappacino or glass of wine any time you wish.
Nice enough place. Rooms are plain but a plate of fresh fruit was a nice touch. The lobby and reception area was very nice -- woody and warm on a cold day. Simple breakfast. No complaints, but might check out other places in the same price range for next time.
Good place to stay.
My son and I stayed here during April 2004. The location was great, the rooms were as quiet as they get in older hotels...a little street noise. The beds were comfortable, but the bedding was a little old - so my allergies acted up. The place was spotless and the continental breakfast was pretty decent. I would definitely stay here again. The owners were very pleasant.
we stayed at this hotel over our honeymoon. the inn is reallycute and we thought a good price for italy standards. its convenientlylocated close to the train station and an ATM. we stayed in room #6. it wasa nice size room with a canopy bed. i think they gave us this room b/c itwas more romantic. also, they left a bottle of chianto classico and fruitfor us upon our arrival. the bathroom was also really nice&clean. myonly complaint was that the room was near the lobby so it was a tad loud.however, it didnt' really make much a difference. the view not so greateither, but who goes to italy to stay in?? the breakfast was also nice. theservice is EXCELLENT. the staff was so friendly and helpful. they made allof our dinner/museum reservations. additionally, we had a private drivingtour of tuscany with the hotel owner for a reasonable cost. This was greatand truely added to our Florence/Tuscany experience. We will definitelystay here again.