Where to Stay, Florence
Favorite thing: The Relais il Canpanile is a fantastic hotel in Florence. It has a perfect location - one block from the Duomo and two blocks from the Accademia. Sarah , the owner is very friendly and helpful. The room I had was very spacious for the price I paid. And breakfast was served each morning in my room and was a very good breakfast. I highly recommend this hotel.
Favorite thing: An amazing hotel in an amazing location. The rooms are nicely decorated and the bathrooms are very luxurious. It is on a hillside behind florence ad the view is stunning from the terrace. There is a bar at the hotel and drinking in the evenings and watching the city was lovely. The swimming pool was nice as were all of the grounds. If I was going back to Florence I would definately stay there again.
Favorite thing: If you are considering a trip to Florence and wondering where to stay - do NOT be affraid of the city size! It is pretty small, actually. Unless you REALLY don't have much time.... Even the very nice and quiet area of Fortezza da Basso is very OK. If you don't have much time (or will) to walk, there are busses line 12 and 13 right there. You use #13 to go to the city center (and further straight to Piazzale Michelangelo with stunning views of the city) and bus #12 to go back to Fortezza area.
Favorite thing: Stay at the hostel on the hill (can't remember the name so bare with me). It also has a camp ground in the back. If the hostel is booked out stay at a family home, a pension. This is fun because you can get to know the real people of the country. They can also tell you the best places to visit.
Stay near the center. Everything to see is within walking distance and the center is car-traffic free. Pedestrians only.
Fondest memory: Seeing the look on my sister's face when Michelangelo's David came into her view.
Fondest memory of Florence: Italy is the extreme kindness of the people, and their willingness to communicate with me in a caring and sincere manner. The Hotel Albergo Pensione Centrale, my home was wonderfully located in the heart of Florence. The hotel staff knew each of us by our first names and their hospitality was impeccable.
The fifteen-minute walk each day took me across the Arno River that quietly divides the city of Florence. Along the way local artists would be working tediously at their easels. Wherever you turn in Florence, it is a feast for the eyes with most of the frescos, cathedrals and art, located on the north side of the river. Weekend group trips by bus and train transported us through the south of Florence where the hills are covered with vines and olive trees.
Favorite thing: Stay at Pensione Bencista. I've talked about this extensively on my Italy Page. Here's a photo of me and one of my friends enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace, before supper.