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A Week in Florence

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An October 2004 trip to Florence by nrf

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A Week in Florence

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Il Bargello B&B Photo, Florence, Italy
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If you ate from a large box of fine chocolates, your appetite would be sated long before the candies ran out. Similarly, the list of must-see sites is so long that Florence cannot be appreciated fully in a single visit. The sheer volume of important works will overwhelm if taken at one time. Spend a few days in the city and then drive into the Tuscan countryside for a respite. This Renaissance Center is a jewel, but you will probably need relief from cultural overload and the noise and fumes of all those two-cycle engines buzzing about endlessly. See only two major facilities in one day. Arrange tickets in advance and savour the major attractions without hurrying.Qui...Read More

Bed'n Bed

Hotel | "Bed n Bed"

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This B&B was convenient, quiet, and clean, with friendly hosts and guests. Each day started with a simple breakfast and great conversation with Mick, one of the owners. He is native to Tuscany but travels widely in his academic career as a medieval archaeologist. Bed and Bed is close to the Arno River with bus service at the front door. We purchased passes that enabled us to use the transit throughout central Florence. Visitors should forget about cars except for the days you wish to leave the city to tour the countryside. City traffic requires nerves of steel and takes some adaptation time. If moving through the streets doesn't make you crazy, parking might. It is almost non existent....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2005

Bed'n Bed
18 Via Magenta
Florence, Italy
39 055 217194

Il Bargello B&B￿

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Hotel | "Il Bargello B&B"

Il Bargello B&B Photo, Florence, Italy
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A good bed-and-breakfast operation can add quality to a visitor’s experience. For most of our lives, my wife and I avoided these facilities, assuming that comfort and privacy would be compromised. That attitude changed when we serendipitously stayed at a mountain lodge B&B in the Kicking Horse Pass of the Canadian Rockies. This was like a 5-star resort, at a fraction of the typical cost. Additionally, we met owners who put sincere and complete effort into making their property attractive to guests. Since then, quality B&B's have been our first choice when travelling for leisure. In central Florence, we were hosted by Gabriella and Massimo at Il Bargello B&B. This fine lodging h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2006

Il Bargello B&B￿
Via de' Pandolfini 33
Florence, Italy 50122

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Small walking tours conducted by scholars will appeal to those who enjoy the opportunity to interact with an expert guide. We registered for the Medici Family History tour one day and the Michelangelo Seminar a day later. The groups were indeed small, six in the first session, five in the second. Time passed quickly and pleasantly but we covered fair ground. Each docent was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. The sites we visited had close connections to the themes of the tours. Our companions shared a greater than passing interest in the subjects.The cost was not inconsequential—about €75 each—but the value gained made that worthwhile. Acquaintances prefer to arrange private tours d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2006

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Florence, Italy
+39 06 482 0911

Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace)

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Attraction | "Palazzo Pitti"

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Merchant Luca Pitti helped sustain the power of his friend, 15th century Florence’s ruling citizen, Cosimo de’ Medici. Pitti aimed to demonstrate his family's rank above others so commissioned a palatial residence on the south bank of the River Arno.Design, perhaps inspired by Brunelleschi, is generally credited to Fancelli, a student of the famous architect. After Cosimo’s death in 1464, Pitti fortunes declined and work on the palace had to stop.Years later, Eleonora di Toledo, spouse of the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, acquired Palazzo Pitti. She purchased the adjacent hillside for creation of Boboli Gardens and began massive improvements to house the Medicis in unparalleled grandeur...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 13, 2006

Palazzo Pitti (Pitti Palace)
Piazza Pitti, 1
Florence, Italy 50125
+39 0552388614