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Florence to Milan by Eurostar

A May 2003 trip to Florence by Wondersboy

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Quote: We traveled from Memphis to Chicago to Amsterdam to Milan by air, and then Milan to Florence by Eurostar. Our return trip was supposed to be the same route in reverse, but the station master in Florence gave us a side trip to remember.

Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

Hotel | "Hotel Plaza Lucchesi"

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Hotel Plaza Lucchesi is a four-star establishment on the banks of the Arno, located just behind Santa Croce, within easy walking distance from all museums and monuments. A large sitting area adjacent to the lobby is a gathering spot for the guests and business people making deals. The high point of the hotel is the excellent front desk staff who will take care of any request you may make. The restaurant serves a good buffet breakfast. The food at other meals is very well prepared, but expensive. Why eat here when you can stumble into a wonderful eating experience anywhere in Florence? Rooms very from large suites overlooking the Ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2003

Plaza Hotel Lucchesi
39 LUNGARNO DELLA
Florence, Italy 50122
39 055 26236

Trattoria dei Quattro Leoni

Restaurant | "Trattoria 4 Leone"

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Trattoria 4 Leone is a wonderful restaurant near Santa Spritu. Waiters are friendly, helpful, and have a sense of humor (except for a few sneers when we returned the Beefsteak Florentine to the kitchen so they could heat the center more). This trattoria is popular with locals on dates, businessmen out for a dinner, older couples with small dogs, and a few in-the-know tourists. The steak, a huge T-Bone from Tuscan cattle, is quickly grilled in olive oil and then finished with a sprinkling of salt and pepper and a drip of olive oil for brightness. The gnocchi gorgonzola is creamy and pungeant and the gnocchi are so tender that they melt on your tongue. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2003

Trattoria dei Quattro Leoni
Via dei Vellutini, 1r
Florence, Italy 50123
+39 055218562

Ristorante Il Bargello

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Restaurant

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We have eaten at this trattoria-style restaurant many times during our trips to Florence. It is situated on the south side of the Piazza Signoria just west of the Palazzo Vecchio. Eat outside if you can. It is a fabulous people watching place as herds of tourists march by, locals come for lunch or dinner and the ever-present African sunglass vendors play cat and mouse with local police. Just to the east is the Loggia Lanza, the falling out point for tourists that are suffering severe museum fatique and for art students drawing the sculptures and copies of sculptures in the loggia and around the Piazza. Around the corner is the Uffizi Gallery where street musicians are usually playing or a conc...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2003

Ristorante Il Bargello
Piazza Della Signoria, 4r
Florence, Italy 50100
+39 (055) 214071

An Unexpected Train Ride

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Train from Hell Photo, Florence, Italy
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After a the final day of meetings and some last minute panic shopping, we decided to catch the 6:13pm Eurostar to Milan. Our flight left Milan the next day at noon and spending the night in Milan would be easier than having to leave Florence at 6am. The Eurostar is a fast train with only one stop at Bologna between Florence and Milan. It arrives at Central Station in Milan. From there, you take a bus or taxi to Cordona Station where you can catch the Malpensa Express train. The station in Florence is a busy hub with trains departing to cities around Italy and to international destinations. Announcements are made in Italian and English and there are several large "flip boards" that give the dest...Read More