Florence -- She Discovers Cheaper Sleeps
Florence is fabulous but it can be
an oh-so-expensive city to visit, especially if you're staying longer
than three or four days. In true Journeywoman fashion, we're delighted
to publish these suggestions sent in by readers for moderate/budget accommodation
that they felt were female-friendly, clean and affordable.
would like to tell women about my B&B in Florence, Italy.
It is a recently opened, exclusive accommodation for women only,
located at the top floor (no lift - 68 steps) of a historical palace
in the center of Florence, Italy. With a stunning view of Brunelleschi's
cupola of the Duomo, it overlooks a quiet
inner garden and is only minutes away from the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio,
Santa Croce, the Accademia, the main train station and air
terminal. Want to know more? Please visit http://www.bnb.it/beb
Paola Fazzini, Florence
Nuns welcome journey
My girlfriend and I stayed
at a former monastery called, Casa Santo
Nome di Gesu in Piazza del Carmine (Tel: 055-21-3856).
The nuns who are in charge now welcome
only female travellers or married couples. Bathrooms are down the
hall (each floor has plenty of them). The room we were in had two
single beds, a sink but no air conditioner
(for fresh air we kept our windows open and that was just fine).
Breakfast is included in the stay, dinner (extra charge) is large,
homemade, inexpensive and heavenly. The environment is loving and
friendly and the nuns have created beautiful gardens for their guests
to enjoy. From a safety point-of-view, JourneyWomen will be pleased
to know there is an 11:00 pm curfew. The massive front doors are
the only entrance and they remain locked 24 hours; guests must be
rung in. Casa Santo Nome di Gesu charges 55.00 Lira per person per
night (about $US 27.00). Dinner was extra -- $12.00 Lira or about
P.S. During World War Two,
this monastery hid Jews from the Nazis and was recognized for their
efforts; I believe the recognition was from Yad Vashem in Israel.
Kristin, Dallas, USA
Hostel helps kiddies...
In Oltrarno (a district across
the Arno River), the Istituto Gould
on 49 via del Serragli offers safe and comfortable rooms for approximately
20 Euros a night. It's a good location as it is close to the Ponte
Vecchio, less touristy, with the number 11 bus stopping right
across from it, and there are several inexpensive places to get
food nearby. The only disadvantages I found were the irregular office
hours and the somewhat noisy rooms right above the street. E-mail:
P.S. There were enough neighbourhood
spots to eat around the hostel. I Raddi
is a decent place (5-10 Euros per plate) right down a little street
directly across from the front door of the Istituto, they have good
food, and the service is fine even if you go alone. Heading back
towards the river on Via de Serragli, there are three small restaurants/bakeries
where you can pop in and get a cheap breakfast. The one closest
to the Istituto was my favorite in the mornings, with just the owner
and a few regulars. The last one, if you cross at the stoplight
and go a little to the right, has the best pastries in town.
Marie, Chattanooga, USA
Ed. note: According to guestinitaly.com,
"The Instituto Gould is part of the Protestant Church of Italy
and is home for boys and girls from eight to 18 who cannot live
with their own families. On the second floor in the Florence location,
the institute operates a type of hostel open to anyone. The rooms
are clean and very neat. Five rooms open onto a lovely shared terrace;
others overlook the institute's gardens and Fort Belvedere in the
distance. The best part about this accommodation is that the money
received goes directly to the institute to help the children."
You can also book rooms at the Istituto online through www.guestinitaly.com,
if you look up Florence hotels.