More about Gallery Hotel Art
An arty B&B with an excellent view
The Residence of Art is situated a few kms from Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano and Cortona. It’s located on a hill surrounded by cypresses and olive groves.
Each suite is particular and different from the others.
Just have a look at their website. When you see the pictures you just want to go there immediately!
P.S. they are opened from May till the end of October. This is a place rich in works of art both pictorial and sculptural positioned in all the inside environments and in the park.
Most of the art is done by the owner, artist Anna Izza.
You can also join a 2 day painting course with her.
Outstanding apartment in Tuscany + B&B
We have rented holiday homes in Ireland, England and France, but our stay with Alberto and Donatella in their Hunting Lodge in the Tuscan hills was sheer delight. Our German Shepherd came with us and Alberto did the "dog sitting" while we explored Florence, Siena, Pisa and the lovely Arezzo. But we discovered that history and the riches of Italian culture were right on our doorstep at Bisticci - and no queues: Caccia, Figline, Voldarno were brimming with the art and architecture of the Risorgimento. No shortage of excellent, country restaurants - Alberto's guidance never failed.
We so enjoyed the apartment we stayed "home" on many days - Leisurely breakfast on our own terrace, stunning views down the valley, and the birds thronging in the trees in the ravine below us. We could hear the wild boar, smell the pines, sip the Tignanello a delicious blend of Sangiovese and cabernet grapes; it was almost a chore to struggle off the loungers and go down the mountain for lunch. When the weather really warmed up, the apartment remained cool: large rooms, thick walls and very high ceilings provided a perfect refuge. The apartment is a floor of the hunting lodge which is built into the hillside. On three levels, each one with its own terrace, there is excellent privacy. The second apartment was the "Bed and Breakfast" unit, and was an excellent stop for trekkers crossing the Tuscan hills.
For dog owners the dog "garden", usually occupied by Alberto's dogs, is available to enable trips out while the dog can remain in a cool, and very extensive, secure enclosure. All under the watchful eye of the indefatigable Alberto.
How many holidays provide the perfect "uncle" - knowledgeable, helpful, discreet and so capable.
The approach to Bisticci is up a very tortuous, steep hill, not a problem if taken at a steady pace and after the second approach tackled with the aplomb of a local.
There is a good bus service from the bottom of the hill - where there is also a good car park- into the centre of Florence. But across the valley from Bisticci, visit and enjoy a genuine Masaccio - in a little parish church, just sit alone and contemplate this treasure of the 14th Century master.
Promise not to tell anyone else about this little bit of heaven.
Ultra modern - everything has a button
From the Turin Lingotto Page :
One of the mainstays to the Lingotto development is the Le Meriden hotel complex.
In fact there are now two hotels, as the building at the end of the Lingotto complex, at right angles to the main building has become the Le Meridien Art & Tech Hotel.
The rooms are little on the 'clinical' side as the furnishings are mainly chic brushed aluminium.
The Walk-in shower had a set of dials on it that took longer to work out than it to actually take a shower !
Prices are steep (Rack rate of 410 Euro in the new building), but if there isn't a conference on at the time then prices can come down to a third or less of that figure.
The walls often feature Architects draughts and ideas about the conversion of Lingotto which are worth a look. The main building is build around a semi-tropical garden, whilst the new Art & Tech Section features an glass lifts and a very large atrium through the middle of the building where breakfast is served.
I stayed across the river on Kampa Island at Hotel U Pava ( "At the Peacock") which was right next to the famous Charles bridge - just a few steps from a romantic corner of old Prague.
The hotel succeeded in saving the historical character of the building when it was renovated in 1991. There couldn't have been more than 10 rooms. The only problem I had was a little noise from the wooden floors, both people walking up them late at night and the people in the room above - god knows what they were doing very late at night - sleepwalking? :-) Restaurant, Cafe, Bar, Laundry service, Business services, Baby sitting service, Car service, Free car park, Theatre, Opera, Sightseeing tours tickets available, Individual tours. Breakfast included.
Very small lovely old building with timber floors and dark nutwood furniture. The ceilings were decorated with crystal chandeliers and the walls were lined with fine works of art.
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There seems to be millions of people in Spain, France and Italy on there. It`s actually bustling and I´ve got some really nice offers already! The only thing for me is that I want to go to Australia and practically no one there has got a house on the site! I`d recommend it to anyone, but especially to any Australians OR Americans interested in visiting London. Please get in touch!
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Perfect Location in Perfect Town of San Gimignano
While in San Gimignano, we stayed in the elegant Hotel L'Antico Pozzo. We chose it for its wonderful location in the heart of the ancient town.
It is situated in the very center of SanGimignano, and this gracious 15th century town house is absolutely superb.
It's small, refined, and furnished with great taste. The public areas have cozy little seating areas with high ceilings and wonderful art hung on the walls. There is a warm, well appointed breakfast room called "Sala Rosa" where we ate a very delicious breakfast served with smiles. The rooms are charming and preserved to have the look of a former time and place. However, the bathrooms are quite modern and brand new. The windows are large and muted with lovely white sheers accompanying the heavy, fabric drapes. The colors are muted and comforting. The furniture has clean lines but still maintains an antique warmth. All-in-all, Hotel l'Antico Pozzo was an "oasis" for us during the visit to San Gimignano during a holiday period where the town was quite crowded.
Great Location in Sorrento
We liked the Hotel Continental in Sorrento so much that we stayed in it on two different visits. It was reasonably priced and in a perfect location. The rooms are large, well appointed, and the attached bathrooms are wonderful. This hotel has quite a few luxuries for such a modest price. The big fluffy white terrycloth robes were decadent.
The view from our balcony was spectacular. Its an ideal tourist center for a seaside visit.
The hotel is located at the edge of a bluff overlooking the sea. There is a small park that is lined with Palm Trees between the hotel and the edge.
We had direct dial phone, TV, Mini Bar, Hair dryer, safe, and a firm, comfortable Queen-sized bed. This four star hotel has terraces, a solarium, a lovely outdoor pool, and fantastic views of the sea, and it is about half the price of the surrounding hotels. There is also a restaurant, a rooftop eating area, and beautiful art in the public rooms.
The service is excellent, and the staff speaks English and is quite efficient and friendly. What more could one want?
The photo was taken by my husband Allan of his sister Jayne and me on the balacony of our room.
What an amazing place! Sheer luxury at affordable prices, in the former home of aristocrats, and right in the very heart of Florence.
Only 7 rooms, each totally different from the others. All have exquisite tapestries, luxurious fabrics, old prints, big comfy beds and state-of-the-art bathrooms. Many have frescoed or coffered ceilings and frescoed walls.
Price range: 150.-550. EURO per night. Warm, friendly, cozy atmosphere in the lap of luxury around the corner from everything.
Extremely popular, so book well in advance! Elevator, satellite TV, air conditioning, direct-dial phone with Internet access, safe, mini-fridge, evening turndown, superb bathrooms with terrycloth towels and hair dryers. The Honeymoon Suite has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the cathedral dome next door, a raised viewing platform with hot tub, a separate bathroom with stall shower, and a bedroom with queen bed. Very high-quality furniture, tapestries, prints, carpets and accessories. Honesty bar in the large, patrician shared sitting room. Price includes an excellent breakfast.
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Getting from Airport to Gallery Hotel Art
Just wondering about getting to Gallery Hotel Art from the Airport (FLR). Is it easier by train or bus? Where do I catch them at the airport and where do I get off? And how far is the hotel from the stop I get off? Any information/advice is appreciated!!
Re: Getting from Airport to Gallery Hotel Art
I think the Gallery hotel is the one that is located in the ferragamo building, next to Fusion bar. If I'm right, you'll have to take a bus from the airport to the centre. The bus stops next to the train station, then a cab from there as it's probably about a fifteen minute walk. I guess you could probably do it but it depends on how much luggage you have. There are no trains from the airport to the city centre. A bus costs 4 euro, and a cab into the bentre costs around 20 euro.