Hotel Cestelli

Borgo Ss. Apostoli 25, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy

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    Best Cheap and Charming Hotel in Florence


    We stayed in this wonderful hotel for 6 nights and we doubt there would be any competition in Florence at the price we payed. The room was large and superbly and subtly decorated, it had a big sofa in the corner and a wash basin behind a privacy screen. Accessing the shared bathroom involved walking past the quiet reception desk but it was constantly cleaned and fresh. This hotel receives the strongest recommendation of any from our 2005 Europe trip. It would be even better if the rooms had TV to help you chill out and keep up with the news.

    Unique Quality: The wonderful friendly and tranquil atmosphere in this hotel is because it is run by a stylish young couple. They take pride in the hotel which they also live in. Their english (and Japanese, I believe) was above average for Italy and enables them to show their guests fantastic hospitality in Florence.

    Directions: Very central, 2 minutes from the Ponte Vecchio and alongside much more expensive hotels. You can easily walk everywhere in Florence from here.

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    A great place to stay


    Hotel Cestelli is a small hotel, with only 8 rooms. It is not luxury accommodation, but the rooms are of a good size, clean and very comfortable.

    The hotel is owned by Alessio and his Japanese wife. They are both very friendly and very helpful. It is really the welcome and help that they give you that makes this place special. They will recommend and book restaurants for you and book visits to the galleries. In short, they will do everything they can to help make your stay a very pleasant one.

    The hotel is very conveniently located, close to the river and only a very few minutes from the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi. From here, all the attractions of Florence are easily accessible.

    Breakfast is not provided, but as the rooms are only 80 Euros a night this represents a bargain for Florence.

    Unique Quality: Proximity to the Uffizi and close to all the major sights.

    The owners couldn't be more helpful.

    A friendly, personally run hotel - not a faceless chain hotel.

    Directions: Close to the river Arno - a few yards from Piazza S Trinita and the Ponte S Trinita.

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Florence - a treasure house of art

by Rodlipscombe

"Florence - impressions"

Florence is one of those cities you feel you must visit at some stage in your life. It is, after all, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to some of the world's greatest artistic and architectural masterpieces. What follows is an account of my impression of the city, gathered during a four day visit at the end of March/beginning of April 2005.

Following extensive research on the internet, I first of all decided that the most convenient way to travel would be to fly to Pisa and then take the train to Florence. This worked well. At Pisa airport, you buy the train ticket in the terminal (5 euros) and then walk directly from the terminal to the platform. Trains run frequently - some go directly to Florence (Santa Maria Novella) but some only go to Pisa Centrale, where you have to change. Be aware, if you are not particularly agile, that there are steep steps from the platform onto the train and that, at Pisa Centrale, it is quite a hike to pick up the train to Florence.

I also searched around on the internet for a hotel. I decided on the Hotel Cestelli - and this turned out to be a good choice; reasonable price, excellent location and very helpful and friendly owners. My full review can be found in the hotel review section.

My impressions of Florence can be summed up with three words: stunning, crowded and expensive.

It is stunning because there is so much of beauty to see. The buildings and artworks are all that you hope they will be. I found four days to be about right to get to see most things. More time would be better, but I think anything less than three full days will leave you with the feeling that there is much that you will have missed.

It is crowded - even in early spring. This is hardly surprising but it does still come as a bit of a shock. The trick is to make sure you book in advance wherever possible. For the Uffizi and the Accademia, book well in advance (even before you go) to avoid queues of two hours or more. Also, get you hotel to book restaurants for you, or you might be disappointed.

And, finally, Florence is expensive. If possible, stand at bars for drinks or breakfast. Even in a very modest establishment, you will pay three times more for a coffee if you sit down. You can find places to get a fixed price lunch, but these are generally not very exciting. Dinner will cost at least 25 euros per person. Entrnace fees to galleries and museums soon mount up.

"5 things you must see"

Any list of "must sees" will inevitably be very personal and may not be agreed upon by everybody. For me, however, the top five must be the following.

1. The Uffizi. I really don't see how anybody could visit Florence without going to the Uffizi. There is so much to see here, that anything less than half a day is really insuffcient. Guide books will detail what is to be found here, but do take your time. You may read that the galleries are crowded - but only a certain number of people are allowed in at one time, so if a particular room has a big party in it either wait or go back a bit later. If you need a rest, go to the cafeteria. (as an added bonus, there are splendid views from there). My tip is to book ahead for the 8.15am entry. That way, you can spend a whole morning browsing around.

2. The Duomo. Have good look round the outside before you go in. This way you can appreciate the scale and splendour of the place.

3. The Baptistry. Again, have a look around beforehand. Inside, the ceiling is awe-inspiring.

4. Giardino de Boboli. On a sunny afternoon, a spell in the gardens is very rewarding. It provides a rest from the crowds and offers some tranquility. Even more, as you climb upwards, the views of the city are stunning.

5. Mercato Centrale. Perhaps an odd choice, but as a break from the art and architecture, the Mercato Centrale is packed with stalls selling stunning food. Even if you don't buy, the sights and smells are fantastic.

"A few other thoughts..."

It is worth visting some of the "lesser" sights in Florence. In particular, the churches of San Lorenzo and Santa Croce are very rewarding - and tend to be less crowded.

The Accademia is very disappointing, however. The statue of David is really stunning and well exhibited. But there is very little else of interest. For some reason, there is a display of modern art, which is really crass. I can only surmise that this modern art is there to contrast the paucity of ideas and skill of modern artists with the genius of Michelangelo.

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8 days for Florence & Rome & Amalfi Coast - Itinerary Suggestions

by mexxgal


I have 7-8 days to spend in Florence & Rome and hope to get some suggestions on Itinerary. I hope to include at least a visit to one of the tuscan hilltowns (Sienna, San Gimignano or other suggestions?) and hopefully include a visit to the Amalfi Coast (Capri).
I'm hoping to be based in florence for a couple of days and rome for a couple of days and do day trips from there. How should I split the stays?
Would it be too rushed if I include a full day trip to Capri or am I better off spending the time in just florence, tuscan hilltowns & Rome?
I am unlikely to make another trip to Italy in the near future since I stay >12 hrs flight time away...

Would appreciate itinerary on the best way to see all these sights but yet not too rushed. Thanks !

RE: 8 days for Florence & Rome & Amalfi Coast - Itinerary Suggestions

by hivaoa1

siena and san gimignano are close to florence, about 1 hour drive.. but i am afraid 8 days won't be enough to explore florence, siena, rome and amalfi coast..
i'd go for tuscany and rome, and then maybe next time u could explore naples and amalfi coast

be ready for super hot weather

RE: 8 days for Florence & Rome & Amalfi Coast - Itinerary Suggestions

by LolaSanFrancisco

How about this itinerary:

1nt Florence
1nt Seinna
2nt Sorrento (visit Capri during the day)
3nt Rome

RE: 8 days for Florence & Rome & Amalfi Coast - Itinerary Suggestions

by EllenMorg

Check out hotel Cestelli for your stay in Florence, great location, good price , lovely helpful owners.
Enjoy your trip


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Address: Borgo Ss. Apostoli 25, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy