Travel Blogs from Florence
Hot! About 35 degrees. Another day walking around Florence. I feel a bit lost as I'm not in the mood for queues, museums or churches. It is too hot to function. Later in the day we see the Accademia museum where the famous statue is held. He was the show stealer. A huge marble good-looking carved man. He had defined muscles and even veins in ...
... a Michelangelo designed courtyard. We then wind down the cypress lined streets and lanes, passing through vine tunnels just as Dan Brown described and searching from grotto to grotto for the one we think may be the featured grotto where the entrance to the Vasari corridor is. We reach the Porto Roma at the far end of the gardens before returning in the now fading early evening light. On exiting the Palazzo Pitti we see a grotto ...
... table and proceeded to leave. But wait! The waiter brought us back, saying no, it was 270 euros! That's still not a bad price, 30 euros each, but it took us about ten minutes to figure out how much everyone had originally put in and how much we all owed still. Recommendation: definitely don't drink too much vino before doing math!
Our final night with the rest of our group came to a close, as well as our time in Florence. I can't wait to visit again one day!
... looming departure from this beautiful county came closer and closer, I realized that this time around, Taya just might join her. Yet even as I had to rip my wife away, kicking and screaming, to our next destination, I had to admit that many of those oohs and ahhs heard during our time in Florence were coming from me.
... the journey was uneventful but very pleasant. I got to Florence and it was sooooo warm. I got a taxi quickly with a young taxi driver. He was not confident finding the way to the Villa. He called his mother in-law who once lived in same area as the Villa. She could not recall the place. He then pulled over twice to call the owner of Villa and at last found the place. It is hidden a bit off the road way. Time now to catch up with family and friends. Now more travelling for a few weeks. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Orcagna Hotel Florence
We had a reservation at the Hotel Orcagna, which is a two star and we were upgraded for free to the Hotel Jane, which is a three star across the street owned by the same people. We did look at Hotel Orcagna though and it was very nice inside. Hotel Jane was very clean and the staff was great. These hotels are about half a mile to three quarters of a mile from the city center, so not as far as it may seem on a map (we were assuming at least a mile or two). Hotel was a great deal! The websites said they have bikes, but they only had two because the rest were broken, so dont' count on them. But, it isn't very far and it is probably very difficult riding a bike in the crowded city, so don't worry about it.
Family-owned hotel Orcagna was a real gem. It's a bit more "mom & pop" than many of the big hotels in the heart of town, but that was part of its charm. It is a few blocks off the tourist path in Florence, so the streets were a tad quieter and the prices were lower, but it was only about a 10-15 minute walk from the city center. For the price, this hotel was a delightful surprise.