Travel Blogs from Florence
It's been a very different pace since we left Rome on Sunday, for the beautiful Tuscany/Chianti region. We've settled into a stunning medieval castle Villa Torre Di Colonne, once part of the Medici estate (at least I think the present owners are not descendants?). It is about 10km north of Florence up in the hills, nestled amongst olive groves and vineyards - the perfect ...
... that wind around the inside of the tower to the top. An unusual feeling to be leaning one way, then the other on the climb. A remarkable experience. On arriving back in Florence, it's near 9pm, but as the daylight hours are much longer in the European summer, we slowly walk towards a recommended restaurant for a well deserved drink, mellanzane parmigiano and Pizza! Yummo A long and informative day, one Paul would have absolutely ...
... Bartender was from the former Yugoslavia. I eventually had two more pints along with a generous helping of "bar snacks" and with the complimentary shot of Limoncello that the Bar provided, that was enough for one night. I paid the bill and headed back to the hotel (which was about a 30 second walk from the Pub) to have a rest and get organized for my day trip tomorrow.
2013 June 13 - Thursday
As with the past few mornings, I didn’t have ...
... meal. I used my hop-on bus ticket to go to Fiesole which is outside of Firenze, very old, Etruscan and early Roman ruins. Hope I can post the pictures on the blog.. It was really wonderful to be in the green countryside among all the luxury mansions up there. I got mixed up on the buses on the way home so learned to take the No 23 from the railroad station. Necessity is the mother of invention, I guess. ...
... a great little place, and it is incredible! Jasynta has a delicious lentil soup to start, and we both have large chargrilled lamb/chicken kebab platters with mouthwatering onion, rice and tomato salads. No alcohol served, which is probably for the best - I am all Chianti-ed out. Saying that, we then head back to the room and unpack over the dregs of the wine. A sleepless night dominated by the whine of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Malaspina Florence
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.