Travel Blogs from Florence
8th - 11th August
We arrived in Florence mid afternoon and once again we had the task of trying to find our hotel. We already checked out where about our hotel was on our phones so we knew it wasn't too far away. We crossed over the road to McDonalds to use their free wifi get double check which direction to go in. My phone didn't pick up …
... was queue free up to the start of the dome, then it was time to stand on the balcony looking down over the amazing church and seeing the wonderful stain glass windows. Disappointedly, the queue did not end as we left the balcony, but rather continued the entire way to the deck at the top of the dome. I couldn't remember whether I had climbed the Duomo more than 10 years earlier when on a family holiday until, just before we reached the top, walking between the ...
... lined with fishmongers, the shops were converted to goldsmiths when the Medici's decided they couldn't stand the smell. We walked back in roughly the same direction we came, and paused in another square, bordered by a large arch and several coffee shops, and Elsa used a Braille map located in the square to help us to orientate ourselves and to point out some good spots for lunch. She took us up past Duomo, the Baptistry, and Campanile di Giotto, which comprise the Florence ...
... 13Up early and raring to go I made a beeline for the Capella San Lorenzo, where I spent almost an hour wandering around, engrossed in the fascinating audio tour that came free with the entrance ticket. Among the artworks in this old church, seen by the Medici family as their family’s church, were painted reliefs by Raphael (?), a pair of carved pulpits worked on but left incomplete by Raphael (?) and a beautiful bronze gate by *** at the entrance to one of ...
... m sure we will take advantage of that. The top deck is open.....so you can only imagine us looking at the scenery and not seeing the large tree limbs combing at us....we learned our lesson and going to sit towards the middle next time (the top seats are not always the besr) LOL!
Everyone says that they love Florence the best....tomorrow is our 9 hour wine tour- I'm sure we will love that!
Battery is dead on the camera and no more spares....will upload pics tomorrow! ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Malaspina Florence
This hotel is in a brilliant location. I was just out of the city centre which was prefect to get away from the hustle and bustle. The hotel was clean from top to bottom. Our rooms were spacious and the bathroom was brilliant. We even had our own mini bar. Our view wasn't the best. It was overlooking a small court yard, we didn't mind that much because we were always out and about. The breakfast was pretty good. The staff were really helpful with booking our tour to Pisa and Lucca. Would recommend this place.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Malaspina Florence
Perfect for the business traveller, otherwise lacking charm
The Malaspina is a lovely clean hotel - facing a somewhat bland park in a quiet business/residential area, three blocks from the train station. If I was in Florence on business and wanted a safe haven - I would chose this hotel. However - it was completely lacking in either charm or sophistication - hovering somewhere between the two. And therefore not my recommendation for a vacation in FLorence. I would have been much happer to be closer to the Duomo, the restaurants, cafe's, shopping, etc and would have sacrificed the large sterile room in favour of something more quaint. The front desk staff was merely adequate for directions and info - not particulary friendly. The bathroom was cramped but our large bed room was quite spacious, although lacking in decoration. With a few well placed pictures or mirrors, nicer amenities, this hotel could have been luxurious, but instead it left us cold. While it is true that all the sites are merely a few large city blocks away, you do so much walking in FLorence - it would have been much nicer to be in the middle of the action - rather than out of the way. The breakfast buffet was ok - rolls, eggs, cheese, cold meats etc.
Best hotel where I have stayed in Europe
Location great because not in center of tourist area and noise but close enough to get there in 5 minutes. Staff spoke perfect English and gave great assistance.
Breakfast very good and included meat and cheese.
Hotel room large with nice bathroom, two twin beds, large closet, and quiet. 10 minute walk to train station. Price at 70 euros per night was bargain. Will definitely stay there when I return to Florence.
First the positives...great breakfast. Well, that's about it. The rest was bland and disappointing. The front desk staff couldn't crack a smile if their lives depended on it...
The rooms are dark and cramped.
The location isn't bad, but the park on which it sits is most dreary in the winter months.
Enhance your Florence experience by searching out another hotel.
Vry nice hotel
September 2003: Very nice hotel close to the center in a very old building. Hotel is renewed and has spacious rooms. Bigger then any hotel we have stayed in Italy. Nice helpfull people, good breakfast, elevator and parking around the corner. If back in Florance we will stay again.