Travel Blogs from Florence
... inside the dome - one just after the top of the arches and below the rose window; and the other one that runs around above the rose windows. Didn't enjoy that part at all. Haven't seen inside the cathedral yet as closed by the time was back down so will fit in another day. Ended the day at the Gucci museum - interesting look at various aspects if their products and ...
... the upstaging babies.
Like Florence, Siena became wealthy during the increased trade that helped usher in the Renaissance, but the return of the Black Plague in the 13th century killed half of its population. The city never fully recovered. But today its central core's architecture is maintained in medieval glory. Walking through its winding streets, it is easy to imagine ...
... Renaissance. I also came aware of how the art fashion emerged from the near complete obsession with religious figures to the beauty and accuracy of the human body -- there was male and female organs all over the place.
We had a great lunch after a "dry run" to garden on the other side of town. we trekked all the way ov er the impressive location only to find we could not have our picnic -- bummer we lost about an hour. ...
... that I had never seen before. Lining the walls along the hall leading up to David were other statues by Michelangelo in various states of completion. You could see the chisel marks lining the more finished areas and on some could see the huge difference between polished sections and those that had only been chiseled. All very cool and impressive.
Since there wasn’t much else to the Accademia (the whole audio tour was only 20 minutes) we finished early ...
... the cars everywhere and there always seems to be a lot of traffic in the city center. I absolutely can’t stand this kind of driving since my anxiety level increases ten fold and my knuckles turn white but Chris thinks its fun trying to push his way across lanes and vying for a spot when merging. People are usually not very generous in letting you in that’s for sure. Florence is a big and beautiful city with a lot to see and a lot of history. It took us ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Maxim Florence
Terrific location near everything. Pleasant, accommodating staff. A bit rough around the edges, but overall excellent value for the price.
Great location, value for money hotel
The Hotel Maxim is a block from the Duomo, two minutes from the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi gallery and just round the corner from the Plaza Republica - you couldn't get a better location in Florence. It's on the third floor of an old building and has a typical four person max. elevator. The staff were welcoming and always friendly. Our room had a wooden beamed ceiling, wooden floor and very comfortable bed. Like the rest of the hotel, our room was very clean. Plenty of hot water and the heating was excellent (it was snowing when we arrived). For the price, the hotel was a real bargain and we're already making plans to return. If you want a clean, inexpensive "no frills" hotel in central Florence, you should consider the Hotel Maxim.
The location cannot be beat!
We will never stay anywhere else when we visit Florence again! Though the hotel itself is not the best, the location cannot be beat. We found our room and bathroom very clean. The towels are very thin and the shower is strange because it's not separated from the rest of the restroom. However, the staff is friendly and the breakfast was OK. We really did not spend very much time in our room at all. Why would you? You are in the most beautiful and romantic city in the world! The location of this hotel makes up for all its drawbacks. I would definitely recommend it!
This hotel is not only dirty, it smells like it is over the city sewer line, sheets have holes in them, dust is an inch thick on the furniture, blankets contain more hairs (of other people) than most have on their heads, walls are in need of a paint job, etc... None of this makes up for its location!!
Full Access to Florence
Besides the obvious prime location; next to the Duomo, on the busy Via Dei Calzaiuoli and minutes from the Accademia, Uffizi and the train station, this hotel was welcoming and comfortable. Our room was air conditioned, the breakfast was okay, and the lack of a television in the rooms brought guests to the hotel lobby to sit around the coffee table and talk about restaurants they loved and sights they have seen. For those on a day trip from Siena and are looking to spend the night, this hotel is 10 minutes away from the SITA bus station, where it only takes 30 minutes to get from city to city. Personal suggestions for eating nearby; Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori north of Palazzo Vecchio for dinner and the Gelateria Carrozze for the best gelato in town. Enjoy!
Good hotel for budget needs
I ended up at Hotel Maxim after reading reviews on TripAdvisor.com. The first room I was given had a bathroom with a shower (ensuite). However, the shower was the entire bathroom - like a cruise ship. The drain was in the center of the bathroom and the toilet, sink, etc. would have gotten wet had I used it. I was terribly disappointed by this because no reviews had mentioned this messy shower situation. After my first night I inquired if all the room's shower situations were like this and was quickly moved to another, much more comfortable room with bathroom that had a separate shower with shower curtain.
Besides this inconvenience, for a budget-priced room in the middle of Florence I had a good experience. The rooms were clean. The staff very friendly. The breakfast was very standard (cereal, breads), but what do you expect for this price? The location can't be beat. In the heart of Florence within walking distance to almost every site. Overall, I would recommend Hotel Maxim if you need a budget accommodation. Just be sure to request a good bathroom/shower arrangement.
Maxim, great find
Hotel Maxim, this is in a fabulous location and great value,would stay there again, also the staff are very helpful and friendly, rooms are very clean & have a separate bathroom, there is a new and old section we stayed in the older section and this was great, but we have been told that the newer section is even better, cheers
Great location with just average quality
The location of the hotel is superb, it is close to everything you want to see in Florence. Our room was facing via del Calzaiuoli, a very busy street during the day and night, but the room (with the window and shutter closed) was reasonably quiet at night. The quality of the facility inside the room was not that great but sufficient to meet minimum needs for a hotel stay. The lobby of the building and the elevator look a bit scary (kind of shabby). The location of this hotel is the best thing I found. (I went to Florence last year staying in a nice hotel but way too far from everyting.) Most of the sights are within walking distance, except for Piazzale Michelangelo. I found that very helpful for my visit, I just walked to all major sights I wanted to visit. The Uffizi, Accademia, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Bargello, San Lorenzo street market, and even the train station are all within 5 - 15 minutes walking distance. The price is reasonable, a double room costed 103 euro per night when I visited in May.
Good and bad
The room was cramped and only moderately clean. The promised view did not exist. The price was too much. The saving grace of hotel maxim is location, location, location. After 3 days, we were glad to leave.
Great Value, Awesome Location!
Great clean hotel steps from the Duomo! It should definitely have more than a 1 star rating. I stayed at the Hotel Medici right across the street on the first night and inquired into prices at Maxim when walking by the next morning. The price was almost 1/2 of that I was paying and the room was even nicer. Looks like they did a lot of recent renovations because the bathrooms, furniture, etc. all look pretty new. Definitely a bargain and a perfect location...minutes from the Uffizi, seconds from the Duomo, a couple of blocks from the Piazza Republica. Strongly recommend. I would definitely go back.