Travel Blogs from Florence
... in San Gimigagno was our climb to the top of the Great Tower. This climb was slightly easier than the duomo in Florence as the relatively modern staircase was much wider and more open. The stench of body odor was noticeably absent. Jay, Mikey, and I were a few minutes behind the twins since Alyssa was wearing a skirt and wanted a bit of privacy. The gorgeous views from the top were once again worth ...
... in 1418 and the done was complete in 1436. The facade of the Duomo wasn't fully complete until 1887! After that, we went to the Galleria dell' Accademia where we saw the famous David! Again, we learned a lot about Michelangelo through our Rick Steve's audio tour. 14 foot David took Michelangelo from 1502-1504 to build out of a leftover block of marble that had been ruined by ...
... the outside! Our hostel is really cool, they had a live jazz band and dinner provided and we made some friends last night to drink with, Xavier from Melbourne, Leila from USA, Daniel from Brazil, Laura form Wagga Wagga, Alex from USA, and Milan from Hungary (who learned English from watching Cartoon Network!!) we drank a LOT. Also I take back what I said about Venice having a lot of pigeons as they have millions of them in every city I've been to in Europe, especially ...
... have been so far. We toured the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace, the Palazzo Vechio, and the Medici chapel and a bunch more wonderful places, incredible sights for the eyes. The crowds, the vendors combined to make this not as great a city as I remember it from so many years ago. I think that the beauty and peacefulness of the area around our cooking school didn't help the transition into tourist land again.
The weather wasn't really ...
Breakfast at 0800 in our room. Ham and cheese toasties, croissants, coffee etc. We headed off to the market. Looking for Miriam House of Leather Casa de Pelleas Susan was thinking of a leather jacket for her birthday. Unfortunately the weather was against us and it was raining so the first thing we did was pick up an umbrella off the street merchant. Allan unfortunately got ripped off by spending 5 euro on an ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Porta Faenza Florence
Absolutely Wonderful Hotel
Hotel Porta Faenza was fantastic. It has an incredible location, close to the train station, and close the the sights. The hotel is beautiful and their staff was outstanding. The rooms are very comfortable and clean, and the bathrooms much bigger than typical in Europe. The staff made the stay. They knew us by name almost the moment we walked through the door. We only stayed two nights and wished we could stay more. We
had a problem twice with our room key and had someone up to fix it literally in 45 seconds. We highly recommend this hotel.
Very friendly, warm atmosphere
We stayed in this lovely hotel for just one night when visiting Florence. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Location was great, not far from train station but a safe area, with a short walk to main attractions. Room was lovely and clean. I would definitely recommend staying in this hotel.
Loved this hotel!!!
Stayed here July 11th, 12th and 13th 2004.
Very charming Hotal. Staff is very nice . Ask them where to eat. They gave us great places to eat. Room was very big but we did share with another couple. It had one king bed, one twin bed and a pull out bed. I wish they could have at least had another twin bed in the room instead of the pull out bed. But it was okay. The bathroom was very nice and had lots of room. Breakfast was great. It is next to the train station. There is a laundry mat down the street a block or two and a place to use the internet next to it. The internet place is across from the hostle and you can use the phones in there to call home for 15 cents a minute. Which we did. Florence was our favorite palce to stay. The city is calmer and we loved the hotel.
Very comfortable, pleasant hotel
stayed June '04 booked on internet
2 blocks from train station
huge room with big bathroom
close to everything...all of Florence main attractions are within a 15 minute walk
Charming and friendly hotel!!
This is a very charming hotel in a good location. It is near the train station (which has its positives and negatives - a little seedy at night). The rooms are really big though and we had our one & only king sized bed here. The bathrooms are big (compared to most Euro hotels). I would definitely stay here again next time. They have great breakfast and excellent cappucino!!
The Porta Faenza was recommended to me by colleagues from Wake Forest University, who bring a group of students there every summer. We needed one large room for five (me, my wife and three daughters). The bilingual desk clerk was very accommodating in booking and confirming the reservation by phone. And the hotel -- just a short walk from the train station -- exceeded our expectations in comfort, cleanliness, hospitality and convenience. We even had a lovely view of Giotto's Tower and the dome of the Medici Chapel from our spacious third-floor room. We stayed six nights and have nothing but praise for the hotel and its staff. The location was the best. A cafe next door on the left, an internet cafe on the right. Two blocks from the outdoor markets.
We stayed in this hotel in December 2002, found it on the Internet for a great price. The hotel, located walking distance from the train station and reasonably close to most monuments, was convenient with regards to location. The room was very clean, quiet, modern, nicely furnished and comfortable. The continental breakfast was quite decent offering fruits, cereals, breads, meats, cheeses, juices, fresh espresso and cappucino! The staff was helpful and nice. We only had two complaints: 1) Due to the new central heating system we were unable to control the temperature for ourselves and it was a bit chilly in our room, and 2) The European shower head issue- one must shower while sitting in the tub and there is no curtain; kind of a drag considering it was a bit cold. Overall, we recommend this hotel and would certainly stay on our next visit.P.S. For a tasty, authentic and affordable dinner just a couple of doors down try Trattoria Enzo e Piero (Via Faenza 105); also one of the best tiramisu's we've ever had!