Travel Blogs from Florence
First up... This has been a few days coming as we had no wifi in the Hotel in Florence, and it took us a day to get the password in Venice.. Sorry.
Here it is now.
My head is starting to go to mush. To many amazing things are flashing past me, it's like I'm tied to a chair and being tortured by Julie Andrews.
We started …
... relieved to get back on the bus. Since getting sunburnt in Switzerland I was super paranoid and put on heaps of sunscreen every time we went outside (and it was 50+ too!). Me annnnd Rhi (she got even more burnt than me in Switzerland). - Then on we drove to our little camping village in the hills of Tuscany, just near Florence. The place had a gym and a supermarket and a massive pool area with about 4 pools and slides and everything! Pappas and I were put in a ...
... The vineyard was out the back of Florence somewhere, not too far from where we were staying but far enough out to be in the countryside. The owner of the vineyard was great, taking us through how the wine is made including the difference between white and red (did you know that it's all to do with the skins...?), while showing us the vats and then the barrel room. This winery is quite small - a family owned and run operation which makes 90% reds, and a particular type called ...
... the Italian countryside we noticed 2 main things, the vineyards and a similarity to Australia. There were kilometre after kilometre of bare vineyards (what a sight they would be in summer) gracing the green pasture laying underneath. The similarity to Australia really started becoming apparent as we hit the outskirts of Florence. Similar roads, unit blocks and fences (I know, even small similarities are noticeable from where we've been for the last week). Then ...
... stuck on a board !!!
So I went to the cafe, bought a coffee, stood outside and was surrounded by Italian chain smokers, so I threw my coffee down and went back in.
Next up was the Raffaello's, they were ok, and then came the Caravaggio paintings. They were good, but there was an Aussie tour guide going on about how wonderful they were and how he was inspired by Freud with all the sexual innuendos !!! But come on, this was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Olimpia Florence
We just returned from 4 nights at Hotel Olimpia, and we loved it! As other reviewers have mentioned, the location is GREAT! Right on the Piazza, within a 10-15 minute walk of nearly everything you want to see in Florence. The room was typically European: not overly fancy, but clean and comfortable, AC pumped cool air, and the bed was pushed together twin beds--which didn't seem to effect our sleep at all. Staff is very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was nice, perhaps a bit boring, but had all the standard breakfast needs. And for a free breakfast it gave us all the chow we needed for a morning of sight-seeing. And they always made fresh coffee and steamed milk when we awoke.
Ok hotel, great location
The hotel is in a great location, and the staff was friendly. The rooms were clean, breakfast decent. But you really must prepare yourself for the shower. My first room (I switched after spending a sleepless night in the noisy room right behind reception) had a shower head in the middle of the bathroom with no curtain. The bathroom got soaked. My second room had a curtain that you pulled around you, but it was impossible to move around in such a small space. Bring flip flops so you don't slip after you've showered. There literally is just a drain in the middle of the bathroom. If you can deal with that, the hotel is fine for the price
Great Location, Horrible Bathroom
The other writers are right, the location of this hotel can not be beat. There is no way to prepare anyone for the bathroom. It is small, but most are in Italian hotels, but this one takes the cake. The entire bathroom is tiled, and the shower comes out of one of the walls with a very small, maybe 18" square. Everything in the bathroom gets wet because you can not turn around without touching the shower curtain if you try.
One the good side, the bed was very comfortable.
I stayed here in late March and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a great value in a fabulous location. We had a room with a large (perhaps king size) bed and a lovely view of the piazza. The service was awesome - the staff really took care of us. The bathrooms are a little small but that didn't make a bit of difference to me. A good find!
Great Location, April 2004
Hotel Olimpia is in a wonderful location; right on the Piazza De Repubblica. The staff was very friendly and helpful; they made reservations for us at the museums and gave us directions to anything we wanted to see. Breakfast buffet was good (typical European continental) and there was plenty to eat. It is reasonably priced based on its location.
Great location for an okay hotel
The location is great: right on the Piazza del Repubblica, in the center of everything, everthing is pretty much within walking distance.
The hotel itself is a disappointment. It's an older hotel, only twin-sized beds in stark rooms, and the elevator is very small. The bathroom is also very small, and there's no tub, only a shower curtain you pull around you in the bathroom to make up a shower 'stall' in the middle of the bathroom. The staff was very friendly though, and the continental breakfast was a plus.
We loved it
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Olympia for 4 nights and loved it. Hotel is on the 4th floor (and yes there is an elevator!). Our room was wonderfully large and had a GREAT view of the piazza Republica, not to mention that hotel located right in the center of everything. Service was really good, room was clean, bath was spotless (little on the small side), breakfast was reasonable and coffee was delicious. Staff was very helpful and made us feel at home. No doubts we would stay there again