Villa Bianca Hotel
Travel Blogs from Gambassi Terme
... brute and frightened half to death.
There is an Italian competition to see who can drive the closest to a pilgrim and not hit them. I swear some of them don't seem to worry overmuch about the "not hit them" bit. All I need is for me to jump sideways to avoid Fido when a Fiat goes by and it's bye, bye, pilgrim.
Today's hostel looked a good 'un. I had checked ...
... a little more style – our hotel was the Grand Hotel Villa Medici and it was grand. The room was sumptuous, the pool and fountain delightful and the service fantastic. Marble, spiral staircases, art, slipper and robes (always a favourite of Cate’s).
The hotel was very close to the old centre, although they still had a courtesy car which we availed ourselves of a couple of times.
Florence is a magical city. It is ...
... closed due to a reconstruction effort, so that sped things up a bit too. We really did enjoy everything we saw though, even the ugly kids in quite a few Madonna & Child paintings! The Basilica of Santa Croce is another ornate church, but it also has the tombs of quite a few famous folks - Galileo, Michaelangelo, Marconi, Machiavelli, and others. Very awesome church!! There is also a small museum with some of the restored "ruins" from the 1966 flood. The church is close to the river ...
... and right in a nice square. I think this apartment is my favorite. It's very chic and the beds were über comfortable. The table is at last big enough for five people and the kitchen is very well equipped. The windows also shut out a lot of noise, which is something we lacked in Rome. :) We weren't able to check in until 3:00p, so we decided to go explore the city. First, we looked at the beautiful bronze baptistery doors (even ...
Oh wait, no. That’s not all I want to say. As a side note, another one of my favorite experiences with Skip happened in this market. We were walking along and tons of people are trying to sell you **** and it gets very annoying ('chao bella!' was rampant in that market haha) but my favorite was hearing this guy say to Skip: “You can be my J-Lo. I can see it!” I laughed probably the whole rest of the way. Hey, Skip has nice rear-end ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility