Antiche Armonie B And B
Viale Belfiore 58, Florence, Tuscany, 50144, Italy
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The Ponte Vecchio by night
Donatello's St George (niche carving on the left)
I guess this is the beheading of Medusa by Perseus
Via dell' Ariento (Florence, Italy)
i'd like to rent an apartment when we are between May 19 - 22. Anyone has any good suggestions?
i don't know anyone in person that are renting a flat or an apartament, anyway try to check some web page
hope you can find what u are searching for
You might give this a try ---> http://www.johanna.it/struttura.php?file=johanna1_j1&leng=eng
I'm sorry to read this post too late! I live in Florence and have some apartments to rent. If you are still interested... but I guess you are not!!
Travel Tips for Florence
Sulla Piazza della Signoria
stay on Piazza della Signoria to see the Palazzo Ducale and to visit the Museum Uffici Gallery which contents some marvellous works of the Italian Renaissance. Have a look at the David of Michel Ange (a bit small on the photograph). Its body proportions are volontarily wrong to give a good impression viewed from the feets of the statue.
Run up the steps of the Campanile
Okay - not really a sport but if you are in need of some exercise after too much fat producing spaghetti then this could be your thing. On the plus side is the opportunity to take some stunning photos at the top - once you are steady enough and have caught your breath......
Tuscan Olive Oil
While in Florence (or anywhere in Tuscany for that matter), you should buy yourself a nice bottle of Tuscan extra virgin olive oil.
The brands, sizes, quality, and prices vary quite a bit. But the best rule of thumb is that "greener the better". However, some bottles are coloured which makes it difficult to tell. The more expensive bottles are usually better, but you can expect to pay 20 Euro or more.
Olive oil makes a great gift and it's very authentic from Tuscany. 5-20 Euros depending on size and quality.
Sienna and San Gimignano Day Trips
You don't need to take a traditional tour bus to get to Sienna, San Gimignano, or other neighboring cities. It is so easy and affordable to take the public bus. The buses are nice and comfortable and run on a fairly regular schedule. There are direct buses btw Florence and Sienna. And regular buses usually to San G only most of the time you need to stop to switch in Poggibonsi.
You could even do both of these cities in one day (if you just want a taste of each). I took the bus to Sienna first (about an hour and 15m ride for about 6 euros) and then after exploring for a while decided to check for buses to San Gimignano. There were quite a few and I was able to get another ticket (about 5 euros) from Sienna to San G. A little over an hour later I was there. The ride is pretty and bus really convenient. The only thing is on the way back to Florence (from San G) I needed to switch in Poggibonsi. I timed it perfectly so the wait was minimal but if you don't check the schedules carefully you could be waiting for a bit. The other thing when leaving San G the bus stop is a not clearly labeled. There are two waiting spots and at first I was a bit confused. Luckily, enough people speak English that I was able to get to the right one. Just leave yourself a little extra time just in case!
Check out my travel pages for more info and pics of San G and Sienna.
Best dinner in Florence
A well-known expression is "when in Rome, do as the Romans". Me and a friend implemented the same text when we went to Florence, with one difference of course.
A mutual friend, who lives in Florence, recommended his local restaurant Trattoria del Orto and told us to mention his name when we entered. We did so and were not disappointed in any way.
Service was great, the house wine even better. The food was sizzling hot and perfectly cooked, even though my friend got his steak rare. Note that he didn't say what way he wanted it when he ordered.
We shared a plate of antipasto and were almost full when we had made it to the main course.
The restaurant is quite small and cosy and the staff very kind. It's got a local touch to it with lots of Italian families going there. No tourists (read: Americans) as far as the eye could reach. The antipasto with cheese, ham, vegetables and much, much more.
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