Travel Blogs from Florence
... was only one way to go up and down. My favorite place we visited today was the Duomo. I love seeing a scenic view from extremely high areas. There is so much to see and take in, like the great buildings everywhere, and far off green mountains. My second favorite was seeing the site of the Medici's. This was because we saw amazing paintings. I am interested in the arts, and I plan ...
... bridge. It is the only original bridge in Florence, and it houses jewelry stores. I was expecting them to be more like the markets where you can bargain, but they were all set prices and actual stores. The rest of the weekend it poured. I mean, thunder and lightening, dumping buckets. Because of this, the markets were sparce so I didn't end up getting anything. I used Friday as my browsing day, expecting to be able to buy Saturday or Sunday, but they ...
... Italian food i have had in Italy so far. I had Spinach and ricotta cheese stuffed ravioli and of course a few glasses of wine. Dani had tried their pear ravioli, which is what the restaurant is known for. I was surprised with 2 large cakes and cupcakes for our birthdays. I literally could have not asked for a more perfect night in Italy.
After dinner we headed to "The Lions Fountain", where Sarah thought she would treat us to birthday ...
... to see The David. He is so much bigger than I ever realized. The detail in his hands and feet are incredible. You are not supposed to take pictures but I was able to take one with my phone quickly before getting fussed at. You can see the face of the security guard in the bottom left of my photo. Funny! We walked past the Duomo on our way to lunch. ...
Arrived in Florence late afternoon where we headed into the center of city to have a walking tour. Us rebel gazelles got a gelato and bailed on the tour for some leather shopping at the markets. Felt as though we were in Thailand, creepy men harassing us to buy their bags and slapping bags at us and calling us rude. We tolerated it for a short time and then ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ungherese Florence
Great treatment at Hotel Ungherese
We spent two nights at Hotel Ungherese in early July and had a wonderful experience there. Sabrina and her husband are warm and helpful, and went out of their way to welcome us and make our stay pleasant. Some examples of their hospitality include an offer of breakfast the morning we arrived (even though we weren't entitled to breakfast until the next morning), interesting chats in the back garden regarding current affairs in Italy, on target recommendations for good restaurants in the neighborhood, and a late night escort to the pharmacy for medicine when I was very ill. Other attractions of this hotel: a wonderful buffet breakfast, air-conditioned rooms available, and easy access to downtown by bus (convenient for us, as we had a car and didn't want to deal with downtown traffic). I highly recommend the hotel and hope you have a great stay in Florence.
Hotel Ungherese provides a beautiful, quiet refuge to come home to after taking in the many sights in Florence. Bus stops are located just around the corner and service is frequent and direct. For those arriving by car, parking is available and is both reasonable and easy to access. Sabrina and Leonardo were always available throughout my stay to answer questions, provide extra tips that only the locals would know and ultimately to make my stay extra special! Don't miss this extraordinary vaule when visiting Florence!
Catherine Jones Memphis, Tennessee USA
My husband and I stayed here for a couple of days this last weekend and were really impressed by the service. This hotel is owned by a young Italian couple who really know how to treat their guests.
Though it is only a 2 star, their service was better than some of the 5 stars we stayed at earlier in our trip. They prebooked tickets for us to the museum and Pitti Palace prior to our arrival. When we arrived at the hotel at about noon, we were chatting and I happened to mention that I loved croissants. The last guests in our suite had checked out late so the room was still being cleaned so they invited us to sit out on the terrace to wait. 5 min later, she came around the corner with a tray laden with fresh criossants, yogurt and cappuccinos to enjoy while we waited. That was a nice surprising treat. When we had finished, they had already moved our bags up to our room so we didn't have to lift a finger.
The rooms are simple but comfortable with high ceilings and tall windows. They are not fancy but are very clean. The hotel itself is very cute. It only has a few rooms and is nicely decorated with a beautiful terrace. You feel less like a tourist and more like an authentic Italian as you are surrounded by residences with yards laden with flowers and trees. It is a 10 min drive to get downtown, which is easily done by bus. Since Florence was so stifling with the heat and tourists, we were actually happy to escape to this quiet residential area for night. The breakfasts are very nice with baked goods, fruit, yogurt and delicious cappuccinos.
Since our flight left very early the day we departed, we paid up the night before. As we were paying the bill they told us that they had dropped their prices so our bill was 40 euros less than anticipated. They are very honest people.
The next morning, our thoughtful hostess got up at 5:30am to give us a bagged breakfast with cheeses, yogurts, fruit and breads for our journey to the airport. We were thrilled by their hospitality. This was the best hotel experience we had in Italy because their service was over the top and unexpected.
If you want a great deal, fantastic service and to feel like you are living amongst the locals instead of like a tourist you should definitely come here! You won't find better hosts anywhere else.
We had a memorable three-night stay at the Hotel Ungherese in May, happy to be a short bus ride away from the city centre, and glad to have made the acquaintance of Sabrina and Leonardo. We echo the positives from others in these reviews. Note that the parking is no longer free street parking, however, for those who arrive by car, as we did. Leonardo will park the car and make sure it is moved on street-cleaning nights (to avoid large fines), but the city has imposed a charge. The hotel has the required parking passes and also sells passes for the bus system.
The hotel keepers are simply excellent. Reservations for the Uffizi Gallery and the Academy were made through e-mail correspondence before we arrived. Breakfast is first-rate, the buses into central Florence are easy to navigate, and if you are tired after a day climbing monuments and museum shuffling and decide to eat near the hotel instead of in the city centre, a small neighborhood restaurant a couple of blocks away, Osteria Mastrobulletta, has an attractive menu and good quality good.
We'll be staying at the Hotel Ungherese again.
DA LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIIA
una piacevole sorpresa questo piccolo hotel, nella mia cittÓ natale, dove ritorno di tanto in tanto. Situato in zona calma della cittÓ. e facilmete accessibile. Condotto con simpatia e eleganza, efficienza e pulizia. Ci si pu˛ sentire como in casa propria, con una atmosfera di raffinatezza e buon gusto. Ottima relazione qualitÓ prezzo.
A Hotel that feels like a Bed and Breakfast
We had a lovely stay at the Ungherese this past May. Sabina and Leonardo made us feel as though we were part of their gracious home. The breakfast and coffee were wonderful and the back yard a little paradise within a city. Sabina was very helpful and provided great directions to any of the sites (the bus # 11 and 17 were very close and easy to use) and we were glad we did not have to drive in the the city center. We will definately stay at the Ungherese again!
A home away from home
We just returned on May 1, 2006 to New York after spending three days at the Ungherese. The hotel is in a suburb, only a few minutes bus ride to center city, located in a quiet, residential area surrounded by local Italians who were charming, polite and friendly. Upon entering the hotel we were greeted by the friendly smile of the owners who do their best to pamper you and make you feel special. Even Peggy, their cat, seems to smile at you when you arrive - - unbelievable! Our room was majestic with immaculate, crispy linens in addition to a full view of the impressive renaissance style terrace. A full breakfast in the morning included cereals, yogurts, croissants, selections of cheeses and fruits and fresh juices plus an out of the world capuccino which frankly was probably the best one that we have tasted in our many trips to Italy. The owners were absolutely wonderful and so helpful as we had a busy schedule filled with appointments that they were happy to help us book, schedule meetings and coordinate transportation and other special requests that came up as they are fluent in English, Italian, German, French and Spanish. Our stay at the Ungherese was the highlight of our trip to Florence as we found the owners to be professional, hospitable and friendly and upon departing we left with the feeling that we were leaving a piece of our hearts with them at the Ungherese. This was certainly our home away from home and we strongly encourage others to visit this property to enjoy the hospitality and royal treatment of a couple of Firenzes who are truly exceptional hosts.
Picturesque and Perfect
Having visited Florence before and remembering quite well the ongoing buzz of endless streams of tourists, scooters and other urban sounds coming through my hotel window, independently of the time of day, I this time decided to avoid the center and find a calmer, perhaps even more 'Italian' location to spend my days.
Hotel Ungherese was just that. Located in a residential area close to Piaza Edison and the Fiesole hillside, you find yourself as easily and quickly downtown as you do in the lovely hills surrounding Firenze. Both directions provide a nice walk through streets and places you wouldn't visit otherwise.
Upon entering the hotel, you are greeted in a way that shows they were expecting you (which immediately puts your tired, travelling mind at ease). Sabrina and her husband are truly committed to the comfort of their guests, offering advice and assistance wherever needed. Instead of 'just a guest', you quickly feel part of the every day routine of this small hotel. My room, number 13, faced the garden and was just lovely. The whole building radiates history and charm, and it provides a great temporary home in a city as buzzling as Florence. The private terrace in the backyard is so much nicer than a crowded downtown cafe. In the streets around the hotel you find everything you may need to cater to your wishes: a restaurant, a Tabacchio, a little supermarket, parks, squares, flowershops. And the nice thing is: you find yourself surrounded most of all by local residents going on with their daily business. At the busstop early in the moring you are greeted by old men wishing you 'Bonjourno'. What better way to get the Italian feel of life?
I paid 55 Euros for my single room, which included a continental breakfast and... great coffee! I highly recommend this hotel which owns its charm not only to its location and historic feel, but even more so to the wonderful hospitality and genuine friendliness of its owners.
una vacanza piacevole a buon prezzo grazie all'accolglienza, disponibilitÓ ed attenzione
I stayed at Ungherese last month, with my sister-in law. We had a great experience there, our room was wonderful, large, very clean and with a very nice view on the quiet garden of the hotel. Breakfast was excellent and the staff is always friendly and helpful. Location is a few minutes far from the centre, but everything it's easily joinable by bus (the bus stop is 10 metres from the hotel door!!!). We would certainly stay there again!!!!