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12 August 2014
Started slowly this morning – it was quite foggy outside with a little bit of rain. I did washing etc, Di wanted to take it a bit easy because she didn't sleep well. Craig and Phil have gone for a big long walk in the local hills. It was great to take it easy. We eventually did go into Pistoia for another look around at things we hadn’t seen – ...
... the ever increasing crowds of tourists and wander through the town. Palazzo dei Cavalieri, gelato, Piazza Garibaldi, across the Arno river via Ponte di Mezzo, Piazza XX Settembre down to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. Wow, at that point we could have walked to the Stazione and picked up a tourist map from the information centre. However, as we had bought one in Piazzadi Miracole, didn't bother.
In Piazza XX Settembre was the Logge ...
... sunny! We rounded the corner- I remember the first time I saw the tower, how I was shocked at how lean-y it actually was, so much more pronounced that the pictures. The boys were like- I thought it would lean more! What? They are crazy, kurt said I would surely be writing that in my blog! We stopped to take some obligatory holding up the tower pictures, although Kurt wanted to put the flag in, I wanted to push it over with one finger, and the boys wanted to fight over it. We ...
... The only thing on the menu they don't make themselves was the cheese, which comes from sheep milk. Not bad but a little dry for my liking. They gave us all a fine selection of their wine to sample over lunch. Damn nice if I do say so myself.
The next stop was the medieval town of San Gimignano. This quaint little town has been preserved as it was back in the medieval days (although the plumbing and power supply are much better now) It is referred to as Medieval ...
... to as a teenager and was where he discovered the idea of the pendulum! I'm all about the tours because I'm not a history major, I have little knowledge about all of these places and want to get the full story and importance of each place I visit. After the tour we had free time, the great thing about being apart of API is that we are a big group of friends now! Going into this experience I was really ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Leonardo Hotel Pisa
Traditional Hotel, Rooms basic but clean, breakfast was good, and centrally located, good value. Helpful & friendly staff, who spoke good english.
Nice hotel with friendly staff. Very good position in old town of Pisa and near shops & tower. Other side of river to trains & buses but ok to walk to them. Breakfast basic but ok and room a little small but again clean & ok.
Perfect quiet but central location, friendly staff
If you're visiting Tuscany and want to be based in a quiet, non-touristy part of Pisa, yet only a short walk away from the fabulous Piazzas Miracoli and Cavaliere, Hotel Leonardo is ideal. Located in a quiet cobbled street in the mediaeval centre of the town, there are several great and good value restaurants close by where the locals eat. The room we stayed in was spacious, clean and comfortable, the view was wonderful (rooftops, mountains in the distance) and the bath towels were big and fluffy. The breakfast was good and the rolls and pastries freshly baked and hot every day. The decor was in good order (though the murals are not to everyone's taste!) The staff were helpful and friendly. The hotel is reputed to have been Galileo's laboratory which added a historical frisson to the experience. Altogether highly recommended.
Traditional, nice, recommend
having lived in italy for a number of years, stayed in hotels from 1 star to 4 stars, this was a worthy 3 star hotel. not sure what people expect from Italian hotels, reading the last review. It is well located, fridge in room, good A/C, friendly staff, clean room, what more could you ask for. I will definately stay again, good restraunts in the area, be brave and wander all the little side streets and alleys near, take a step back in time. We found very nice pizzeria's and restaraunts this way. can't wait to go back.
I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel. It is located in an area that could not be more italian. Looking out of the windows takes you into a different world. Everywhere there are elderly Italians sitting on old chairs chatting while waiting until the sun goes down. It is a very pretty city. The staff at the Leonardo were very helpful, our room was neat and clean. I can't say much more than that we enjoyed our stay very much and for me it is more important to leave the place with a satisfied feeling than thinking about the small variety of a breakfast... One should not hold onto small mistakes that such a place has regarding the price that was paid.
Happy to have stayed here
We stayed here in the Spring of 2002.
We drove into Pisa early in the night without a room or a clue where to stay. We happened upon the Hotel Leonardo and were quite pleased.
The service was extremely pleasant and helpful. The night desk employee parked our car in an alley somewhere and quickly gave us an overview of the neighborhood. We found a great little restuarant filled with locals celebrating a birthday.
The accomodations were clean and not too small. That's the best I can say about the rooms. But for $88, we were happy.
The Leaning Tower is only a short stroll away.
Unlikely that we would stay again
We travelled though Europe for 6 weeks and visited the Hotel Leonardo during the middle of our holiday. We would probably rank at the lower end of the scale - the interior finish was pretty tacky however the hotel was clean. Breakfast was really average with a little variety. Staff were really helpful. Room did not have safe - something which we found in all other hotels that we stayed at. Unlikely that we would stay again.