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... way. Very old buildings bordering the river. After taking a few pictures we went back to the bus stop to continue on the journey. Travelling around by open top bus is really the best way to get a great feel for this wonderful city. Took some great photos from the high vantage point.
The Michelangelo statue of "David" we had seen previously is a copy of the original and we were both keen to see the real statue that was created by ...
... by people selling umbrella's. The rain eventually stopped and we continued. Ending at the colosseum at 10pm we were all amazed by what rome has to offer and caught the metro and a bus back to the campsite. It began to rain again and we all get drenched and couldn't be bothered partying at the bar so had an exciting night with some hand washing! Woke nice and early to depart for the Vatican City. Our tour guide was amazing, she was very animated which made the story of the Vatican ...
... short line later in afternoon)
Astonishing are all the marble, mosaics, and carved figures on the exterior.
--The cathedral's name means St. Mary of the Flower and is a tribute to the role of Mary in God's mysterious plan. It's the result of 170 years of work.
--The gigantic dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi is truly amazing and is certainly the highlight of ...
We got to the counter and checked in. It was a fairly quick process - passport check etc, before we were able to head up to our room. There was a lift!!! YAY!
As small as it was we fit in. We noticed an internet phone in the communal area too - free international calls!! Awesome, we thought!!
We got in the lift and went up to see our room. We were satisfied with the space of the room and bathroom - except the shower could have been bigger! It was a nice ...
... sculptures and paintings.
Florence was home to Leanardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machievellie, Galileo Galilei, Amerigo Vespussi, Donatello Raffaele, Roberto Cavalli, and even the fashion designer Guccio Gucci. He founded Gucci fashion in Florence in 1921. He has a museum right next to the Uffizzi Museum. All the cool people that I would like to meet. The Uffizzi museum is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the western world. It was ...
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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!