Travel Blogs from Florence
The City of the Medici's
Our day started with a walking tour of the city. This was after a twenty minute walk into the city square! Some of the sites we saw were: Piazza Signoria, Palazza Vecchio, Piazza del Duomo and it's cathedral, the East door of the Baptistery - the Gate of Paradise, and then after a drink it was off to the Uffizi Gallery for an organised tour directed by a local guide. We had whisper sets which was ...
... who was also my new friends mom I later found out) had gone over to the hairdresser next door to get her roots done before closing up! So she was wandering back and forth between stores, chatting with her daughter and her grandson but still keeping an eye on her restaurant. It was so lovely! and the Irish woman agreed people are much more social here, its a lot less individualistic. And so I realized, this may be a form of capitalism I can vouch ...
We departed from Bern for Florence at 6:30am. Upon entering Italy the border patrol swept the cars and singled JD out to do a passport check. They spoke no english and let's just say JD's italian was a bit rusty. One man was on his phone entering JD's passport number, then he called his superior over and they talked in italian for a bit. After some discussion they motioned for JD to get ...
... Red Garter" was our second to last stop of the evening and guess what - It was Karaoke night! My parents and I split a 36 euro drink - Yes drinks are very expensive here! We ended up getting a Long Island Iced Tea and yes we finished all of it. Stephanie and I decided to take the stage first and sing "Barbie Girl". We definitely got the crowd excited for our next group song "What Does the Fox Say?" I thought we ...
... time in Florence we are staying right in the heart of the city, we can see the Duomo from our terrace. The apartment is lovely, two bedrooms, a small dining area and sitting room, and what must be the biggest shower in Italy, yahoo! Paperwork signed he is off, leaving us with a welcoming bottle of wine. Thirty seconds later we are sitting on our huge terrace and drinking wine. We are in Florence, salute!
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 family-friendly Porta Faenza
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.
Three blocks from the Medici Chapel. 10 minute walk to the Duomo. This is an excellent choice for a family.
Quaint and Splendid Little Hotel
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!