Florence -- She Discovers Cheaper Sleeps
Close to the market...
I stayed in Florence for a
month last April and would like to recommend Tourist
House Liberty to other women travellers. It's a very
nice small hotel, centrally located, very close to San Lorenzo Market
(pop in for picnic lunches) and the Accademia museum where you can
see the famous statue of David by Michelangelo. I had a very small
room (#9), but it was dead quiet, the place was clean and the management
was friendly and helpful. It cost me
about $35 per night Canadian. E- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, website:
Also, I'd like to advise other
JourneyWomen to use the trains in Italy - they're fast and efficient,
and the bus and train stations are nearly always adjacent, so if
you must take a bus at the end of your train ride, it's right there.
Out of the way places not to
miss while in Florence? I recommend the suburb of Fiesole, which
is at the end of a twenty-minute spectacular local #7 bus ride from
central Florence. This is where the rich and famous live!
Sandra, Montreal, Canada
Close to the Duomo...
wanted to let other JourneyWomen know that while in Florence we
stayed at Hotel Il Perseo -
Via Cerretani1, and I recommend it to others. It's within walking
distance of the train station and very near the
Duomo. Rooms overlook a courtyard and are very nice, although
not extravagant. Breakfast was included and served in a breakfast
room, washrooms were along a common hall, however a sink was available
in each room. Some rooms do have bathrooms included but the rate
naturally is higher. Owners speak English, French and German. Website:
Judy, Ottawa, Canada
drinks and cappuccino...
recommendation is Hotel Globus.
I've been going to this one-star now renovated, two-star hotel in
Florence's central market area for years. Yes, before it got renovated,
it needed a bit of tender loving fixing up. But I go there because
of the great location and the warm service and welcome from owners,
Serena and Michele and their staff. They're about 5 minutes walking
from the central railway station, in the heart of the San
Lorenzo Market, minutes from the Duomo and an easy walk to
the river. Perfect! There's a breakfast buffet in a cosy dining
room but please, if you must have caffeine like me, order cappuccino
not the caffe latte which may be made from a decaffeinated (!) substitute.
They have Internet service, safety deposit box, locked entry with
video, direct dial phones and cool drinks too. Via San Antonino
24, Florence. Tel: 055-211062. Fax: 055-2396225. E-mail: email@example.com
Web site: www.hotelglobus.com. Tell them Signora Cohen sent you.
know a delightful little hotel in Florence that is conveniently
near the Uffizi (Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, 24). It's called,
The Ritz and it's right on the Arno (where I always wanted
to be when I was a student and too poor to stay there). The proprietor
is a woman (Mrs. Manola) and she's very kind. She'll give you one
of her good river-view rooms with balcony if you ask for it (sorry,
I don't remember those room numbers). The price is about US$77-125
for a single, including breakfast. Their e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
and their web site is www.florenceitaly.net. Buono viaggio, everybody!
Lyn, Regina, Canada
Safety notes for
to Eyewitness, Travel Guides, Italy,
"Women travelling on their own in Italy are likely to meet with
a lot of attention. Although this is often more of an irritation
than a danger, it is best to keep away from lonely, unlit streets
and areas near railway stations at night. Walking quickly and purposefully
is a good way to avoid any unwanted attention. The staff at hotels
and restaurants generally treat their single female guests and customers
with extra care and attention."
Emergency Numbers That Women Should Know
General Emergency #113
Medical Emergencies #118
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