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Our first day in Italy... We docked at the port of Livorno at around 7am, I didn't even realise we were in port, until Dave open the curtains onto our balcony. We had another full day tour booked, with an early start, so had breakfast delivered to the room and sat on the balcony & ate it before going down to meet Wendy & Bill. Got going a lot quicker this morning as we didn't have to wait on tenders, just walk ...
... OF ALL OF THOSE SITES! Seriously, I feel it would be like driving down Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras. We stopped at the location that the navigation system brought us to, but we didn't see the hotel anywhere. So we drove a little further, avoiding the throngs of people everywhere as best I could, and Lizzie was giving me the best directions she could from what information she had. At one point, she told me to go straight across a sea of people in an open piazza. Imagine a huge ...
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Well, what we were watching, I believe, was a retired Bersaglieri fanfara! And ...
This morning we took a very early train from Buonconvento to Firenze (Florence). We only had one day and our day was dictated by the train schedule so we wanted to make the most of it.
We got on the early train and made it into Firenze by 10am. We stopped for a coffee and then joined a free walking tour. Our guide, Daniele, was great and made the city come to life. It was nice to start the day off with him, so ...
... That is so not me. Should have checked where exactly Chambrey is - looks to have a lot of mountains around it and we passed a beautiful very green lake before entering into a tunnel that we were in for quite a while. It is sunny and overcast but I think the weather is to improve once I get to Florence - I guess it helps travelling south!! TGV arrives a couple of minutes late. It is pretty full and I am lucky to get the last spot for my case on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Relais Uffizi Florence
Charming little place, great location
As everyone here has already written, this is a charming and friendly small hotel with an outstanding proximity to most of the sites. Rooms are pretty well-sized, and on their own are relatively spartan. Our bathroom was huge and very nice, with excellent fixtures. The breakfast was standard, but the view from the breakfast room overlooking the piazza was great. Alessandro was very friendly and helpful, helping us reserve restaurants and museums (to avoid the long lines). Although our room was adjacent to the small alley way where there isn't much foot traffic, the walls are somewhat thin and we could hear motorcycles and talking on the street at night. Overall, great location and good value make this a good choice for Florence.
Perfect in every way
The Relais Uffizi was everything others on this web-site said it was. It was charming, quaint and very clean AND the location was superb. However, I must add that I have never encountered such helpful and friendly people in all my trips abroad. Everyone, without exception, at the Uffizi was so nice it was hard to believe. I could never say enough about this hotel; truly one of the best I have ever stayed in.
Wonderful Hotel, Relais Uffizi is a 'sure bet'
We spent 4 nights at this hotel at the end of Dec. It was truly wonderful. Our room was huge. 3 times the size of a normal Italian room. Large marble baths, towel warmers, canopy beds. The location is perfect and in the heart of Florence. Breakfast was plentiful and fresh. Hint: Ask for a room away from the reception area, as you may get some noise otherwise. Great hotel at an unheard of Florentine price.
Best hotel of the trip
Very accommodating, reasonable rate for July, wonderful staff, excellent location. Only the breakfast was a bit lacking. Highly recommended!
Found Relais Uffizi through Karen Brown website and I was not disappointed. Ideal location, walking distance to all key sites -- including a beautiful walk across the Ponte Vecchio, up to Fort Belvedere and Piazza Michelangelo for fabulous views of the city and a break from the crowds.
Relais Uffizi is on a small side street centrally located, while still providing a quiet nights rest, and the rooms were clean, roomy, and very comfortable. Not too lavish, but high quality for the rate. I would definitely stay there again!
The Relais Uffizi is a wonderful little hotel with a location that would be hard to beat anywhere in Florence. It's on a peaceful little lane that is off of the Piazza della Signoria. The Piazza is a gathering place that is complete with restaurants, shops, and places to rest your weary feet under statues that you studied about in your art history courses. Right around the corner from the hotel is the copy of "David" under the Loggia where you can sit and eat your lunch and people watch to your hearts content. The hotel's rooms are comfortable and the staff is one of the friendliest that we encountered in Italy.
wonderful boutique hotel! great location, staff, and huge rooms....
just make sure not to book a room close the the concierge desk due to the buzzer from the outside door.
Loved this place! Great value.
Chose the Relais Uffizi based on a Karen Brown review and was so pleased with the decision. Incredible location around the corner from the Uffizi Museum -- tucked away, so it wasn't too noisy. Small hotel ambiance. Clean & surprisingly large rooms. Very reasonable rates. Pleasant, helpful (but small) staff. Not ideal if you need a business center (though there's an Internet center across the Piazza) or lots of extra amenities. Breakfast included in a dining room off the living room -- which faces out over one of the most famous and lovely piazzas in all of Florence. This place is a real find. Karen Brown comes through again!