Travel Blogs from Florence
... artists from the 16th-century, Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. The exhibition was quite impressive, spanning many rooms on the 2nd-floor of this magnificent palazzo.
As we exited the east side of the palazzo, there was a group of musicians and a female vocalist performing ragtime music popular during the Roaring Twenties. We joined a small crowd in the piazza that had gathered to listen, but in a short while decided to call it a ...
... many pictures from the top like these of the Palazzo Vecchio, the dome of the Duomo and the some other dome that I don't know the name of (northwest view).
For us now, visiting Florence means going to our favorite cafe', Caffe' Corona. This being our final visit justified a super large Nutella gelato. The cafe's are so elegant with their highly varnished wood paneling ...
... of which were delicious. I also ordered an iced coffee which although it had no milk in it, was very nice. We were sitting between two American couples who were both on their honeymoons. We chatted quite a bit to the younger couple in particular who we discovered were Christians too. Then we found out that someone they knew over skype in Australia had the same name as a past student. It would be amazing if it ended up being the Peter Stoddart Greg ...
... up and ask the driver, just to be safe, if it was going to florence. I adked like 3 busses and they all said no. Finally I ask this one bus driver who I did not understand because he only spoke italian, but he gestured to me to sit on the bus and he would take me somewhere. This nice italian man who couldn't even understand me drove me to the correct bus stop.I asked the next bus if they were going to Florence and when they said yes I could not have been more relieved. That was such ...
... on buses and happened to sit next to a Victorian couple who we had a great "expat" type chat with, comparing notes!
Back on a different bus in the afternoon we went up the other hill to Fisole (pron. fee so lay) which has a long history of association with Florence and the Romans. Lovely spot - had a yummy hazelnut ice cream whilst GG negotiated a price for his cappuccino!
Trundled back into town and through the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
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!