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Why do I love Florence? - Pejo L'Acqua Minerale (the best water I've ever tasted - Spa Reine comes second) -Uffizzi Gallery (for those serious art enthusiasts, this is a must-visit) -Florentine Steak -Shopping at the Piazza San Lorenzo -Cobblestone roads and narrow streets -Hole in the was restaurants -Santa Maria del Fiore -The feeling of being …
We took the train from Venice to Florence and arrived to find blue skies and a beautiful city. These photos should be brighter and clearer.
Some say that Cesar founded Florence in the year 56 A.D. because there was a shallow ford in the River Arno near here. This ford was strategic for Cesar's military armies to have access to northern …
The Palacio Pitti was the home the the Pitti family, one of the larger families that were competitors of the Medici dynasty. Their Palace was used by the rulers of Florence for many years. Now the Palace is a museum. They had large garden complex behind their Palace.
We walked along the Arno River to reach the Piazza Pitti. Along the …
... and the writer of the Divine Comedy. Come ON!! I geeked out a bit. Not to mention, the cathedral itself was stunning, as we the cloisters and courtyard outside. We headed back to the apartment and Mom cooked us a fantastic pot roast with potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and a salad. We enjoyed the delicious dinner around the large dining room table, sipped champagne, talked, laughed, and enjoyed the evening. Now, it's time to rest our very weary bodies and prepare for another ...
... this trip though and I am so glad Skip and I went… Great time.
Well I made it back just fine and was feeling pretty good so we decided I needed some food so we stopped by a restaurant and we had some more wine. Oh and some pizza haha. No, I am not a wino after visiting Florence but I can see how it would be possible… Some pretty tasty wine. And some excellent company (yay for Skip keeping an eye on me J).
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pensione Ferretti Florence
We had a wonderful time in Florence and it was mostly because of Luciano and Susy's expert advice and recommendations. Our room was clean, comfortable, and quiet. Great place to stay and a convenient walk to everywhere we wanted to go in Florence.
Very Nice Stay!
I really enjoyed my stay at Pensione Ferretti. The owner, Luciano, along with his wife, are extremely helpful and very friendly. They will answer your questions about the best places to eat, see etc, even though they have had to tell 50 other guests the exact same thing over and over. Their English is great too.
Luciano is also great at answering e-mails (please note that he cannot respond to AOL e-mails for some reason with his hotel e-mail account).
This place is great for people who like a basic clean room, at an affordable price. It is also very close to the train station, as well as the Duomo. There is a computer for free internet access, and there is juice available all day.
I have to say that it is noisy by the square, so ask for a room in the back if you cannot sleep with noise. Also, Americans should bring their own towels, bc as you know European towels are very thin. Bring an old towel that you can throw away, and you may also want to bring a bath sponge/puff that you can leave as well.
This is a great place! I hope to be back again one day! Thanks Luciano! Sallie L.
Pretty shabby actually
This place is nothing like you expect from the tarted up pictures. It was pretty shabby and we had problems with the water for the whole weekend - it was either a dribble, or so hot that it was impossible to shower in. The shared bathroom was so filthy from building works that the bathwater was dirty and all my clothes got gritty dust on them. However the staff were friendly and the place had a nice atmosphere with a reasonable breakfast (typical Italian cornetti) and plenty of tourist info.
Hotel (Pensione) Ferretti
*** We were very pleased with the accomodations at Hotel Ferretti. The location was so convenient to everything and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. The price was great as well. If you're on a budget this is a great way to go!
Great pensione in Firenze
Convenient and comfortable pensione about 5 mins walk from the main train station. Stayed here in April 2004 for 3 nights - 120 euros/night for a triple room with bathroom incl light breakfast. Our room was fairly basic but clean. As previously mentioned, the owner is very helpful and speaks good English. He was invaluable when my sister-in-law had her purse stolen and we had to cancel her credit cards (NB - watch your valuables in Firenze, even in areas which you think are safe!). Have a great time in this wonderful town. Don't forget to lash out on gelato - the best in Italy (and possibly the world...)
Great Pensione, but fantastic proprietors !
Our family - two adults and two teenage children - rated Pensione Ferretti as one of the very best stops in our European trip in April 2004.
Brilliant location - close to so many wonderful places. Close to transport and the markets. Perfect place to return to exhausted after a full on day in and around Florence.
Luciano and his family are great hosts. They provided us with just the right amount of assistance - booking the Uffizzi and timing the visit to minimise crowds and queues, providing information about affordable and good value restaurants and sites. Don't miss the bus trip to Fiesole, for example. Luciano even helped us overcome a problem with our accommodation in Rome - our next stop.
Pensione Ferretti provides the kind of great service that most 4 star hotels should provide (and so rarely do) - at a one star price. More than that, Luciano and his family have created a home in Florence with character and a friendly environment. Just go there!
This is the place to stay!
What a fantastic hotel to stay in. This is a budget hotel with everything included and has a location that cant be beaten. Pensione Ferretti is situated just a few minutes from the central train station and is on the very edge of the heart of the city. From this spot you can truly walk anywhere in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio is only a five minute walk.
I have stayed at many hotels over Europe and this one was unbeatable for price and services. Breakfast is also very good and the crossaints are delicious. If for no other reason I would recommend this hotel for the friendly help that the owners Luciano and Suzy are more than willing to give.
We loved it!
We had the pleasure of staying at this bed breakfast for 5 nights last week (November 2004). The pensione is very close to the train station, and within easy walking distance to all of Florence's main attractions. The rooms were very clean; the showers hot with great water pressure, and most of all safe and secure. There are also many great restaurants just around the corner.
We enjoyed our breakfast of coffee, juice, croissants, rolls and cereal in the welcoming dining room each morning.
They also have internet service which was a nice surprise.
Our hosts were friendly and helpful....always willing to offer us advise and suggestions on what, when, where, and how to see the most of Tuscany.
It was priced right at 65Euros per night!
We look forward to going back!
Excellent hospitality make this pensione the place to stay
We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 day stay at Pensione Ferretti this September 2004. Owners Luciano and Susy Michel attended to all of our needs, assisting us with museum reservations and directions. While the rooms may be spartan compared to USA standards, they are roomy for European ones and, most importantly, immaculate! Their complimentary breakfast of sweetrolls and coffee was a great way to start the day and you can't beat the fact the hotel is less than a 10 minute walk from the central train station and the Uffizi/Duomo. We'll be back again.
Very basic and reasonable
This is the most basic of all 'budget' Hotels/Pensionnes. The price was certainly right, 43 Euros a night, but would not stay there again if I were to visit Florence. Simply because the room was much too small for two people, and I didn't find it to be the cleanest place either (dust balls under the bed along the wall). It smelled musty or mouldy or something, which is understandable because the building is very old. The bathrooms are located down the hall, which we don't mind. The building is located near a seedy park area close to the train station, which made us feel uneasy at times.
Our host at the door was very polite and friendly, sometimes even too much at times (phoney). However he did offer some good advice on what to do in Florence, other then that he was just there.
Breakfast extremely basic juice, coffee, and a plain white bun.