Franz House

Via dei Fossi 1, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy

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    Great value, budget accommodation


    At the 3rd level of Via dei Fossi, No. 1. The building has a lift. Less than 5 minutes walk from Santa Maria Novella (SMN) train station, we had an easy time going around the region as the trains and tour buses departed/stopped at SMN.

    We got a room with a bath for only 55 Euros (in April 2011); free wifi; good value breakfast (coffee, croissant, egg, cheese/ham sandwich, yogurt - all for 2.50 Euros only).

    Bathroom a bit cramped; toiletries provided.

    Over all, it was great value and would recommend it, except for honeymooners.

    Unique Quality: Owner Maurizio provided us with a map and gave useful info (transportation, restaurants). We had our laundry done for a very reasonable fee.

    Directions: 5 minute easy walk from Santa Maria Novella station. 15 meters from Ponte alla Caraia. Convenience store, restaurants (inluding Il Contadina) within 5 minutes walk. Duomo, Mercato Centrale, Accademia were a mere 10 - 12 minutes walk.

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Casual Lunch Spot for Great Pasta?

by jeana-r

Looking for an off the beaten track (not too touristy) spot for a casual lunch. Prefer pasta, risotto, gnocchi. Not looking to spend a ton of money, and will be traveling solo, so something casual is best.

Re: Casual Lunch Spot for Great Pasta?

by DueSer

I highly recommend Il Botteghe di Donatello. It's right behind il Duomo at Piazza del Duomo and Via dei Servi. They have terrific pasta. I fell deeply in love with their panna e proscuitto but they had a lot of things on the menu that sounded great. It's a small place and very nice but not fancy.

Re: Casual Lunch Spot for Great Pasta?

by leics

I liked Trattoria Za'za in Piazza Mercato Centrale (near the San Lorenzo market). Lots of local people eating there, which is always a good sign. You may need to book, or could just go 'on spec' (as I did).

My review here (scroll down):

Re: Casual Lunch Spot for Great Pasta?

by Lia80

Osteria La Vinaina, near Piazza Santa Croce (via dell'Agnolo). VERY casual, very good!!

Re: Casual Lunch Spot for Great Pasta?

by Maurizioago

Pino's Caffe offers good pasta and a salad for 10 euros; no cover charge. It's located not far from the Pitti Palace. The right address of this restaurant is; Via Gucciardini, 66/r. Za Za will charge you 2.50 for cover charge and bread.

Re: Casual Lunch Spot for Great Pasta?

by gfinesilver

Za Za is touristic. but good. but right behind it is da Mario. very popular and very cheap. also if you go inside the mercato centrale they have great lunches, and very inexpensive.

Re: Casual Lunch Spot for Great Pasta?

by Maurizioago

Unfortunately Mario was closed every night last week.

Re: Casual Lunch Spot for Great Pasta?

by gfinesilver

that's too bad. i'm sorry da mario was closed. they do close sometimes

Travel Tips for Florence

drive up to the top of ...

by Krystynn

drive up to the top of Piazzale Michelangelo. You definitely won't regret it.

From here, you can see the finest views in all of Florence. Those with great stamina may even wish to walk/ stroll up to the top of the hill overlooking the River Arno. The Piazzale Michelangelo will then be a well deserved reward for you! For the art lovers amongst us, there's even a bronze copy of the real 'David' statue located in the center of the square!

Visit MERCATO NUOVO and rub...

by chrissyalex

Visit MERCATO NUOVO and rub the boar's snout! Mercato Nuovo or 'New Market' was originally built as a market for silk ,but it presently sells leather goods and souvenirs.'Il Porcellino' is a bronze boar located at the market and if you rub his shiny snout, legend says you will return to Florence someday! it is true! I rubbed his snout in 1997 and returned in 2000. I rubbed it again in 2000 also because I still want to return to this great city for a third time!

through streets from the middle ages

by tompt

Take a left turn at the citygate tower, and you will find yourself in streets full of buildings from the middle ages. The Via di San Niccolò is followed by the Via de´Bardi. Continue in this direction and you will find yourself back at Ponte Vecchio, the famous bridge over the Arno.

Loud crazy fun

by gfinesilver about Shot Cafe'

As the name suggests, this club has a generous selection of shots. On monday, they are all quite cheap, and you can get a free entrance card to Yab's hip hop night. Although sometimes it can be overflowing with foreigners, the Italians here are friendly and easy to meet. Nothing special

Good honest Florentine cuisine

by rephluxx about Ristorante La Spada

This is a good quality Ristorante in Florence that's conveniently located near the train station and Duomo. The food, while not spectular, is tasty and satisfying. The prices were not outrageous like so many other places were in this highly touristic area. There were mostly locals dining with us which is always a good sign. The restuarant even gave us a free dessert of biscotti with glasses of Vin Santo. mmmmm. I had the Penne with a tomato-eggplant sauce while my boyfriend had Pasta Puttanesca. Both dishes were Piatti del Giorno (today's specials) and were quite yummy.


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Address: Via dei Fossi 1, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy