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In rome it was my hotel and my tours, in Florence it was the food at the local markets and the Uffizi and in Milan it was the duomo and the shopping
This place was a gem which I found here by the way (thanks!). the Owner and the staff were more than excellent and sent me several e-mails with suggestions of what to do while I was in Rome which they booked for me no charge (in florence I was charged 5 Euro for this service). In addition to this they provided us with a cell phone that I thought I wouldn't need and ended up using several times. They gave us a quick brief on the best walks, views, and where the best gelato is. The location is perfect, 7 minute walk from Trevy and 10 from Spanish steps. The rooms are well decorated, safe and clean and the bathrooms are a very good size, modern and clean. i will go back and not hesitate to stay here, Allessandro and Elyssa as well as their courteous staff were part of the highlight!
PS go ahead read the reviews, it's unanymous we all agree!
These guy's are very cool and each guide is picked based on their knowledge if the topic which in turn shows in their enthousiasm. Our first tour of ancient Rome was with Mike, a very cool Aussie with a flair for telling a good story. He is also very watchful for pickpockets since they are everywhere and he knows them, you feel safe and entertained and I highly recommend this company. We re-booked with them for our tour of the Vatican museum and our guide Josh was perfect for the role for he really knows his thing. No waiting in line with these guy's and you get a free one hour tour of the Vatican after the museum which came in handy for I had walked right by Micheal Angelo's Pieta and if it weren't for the tour I never would have known it was there! I highly recommend these young and enthousiastic guy's. Thanks!
This shop has very unusual and creative pieces for women and young girls, I wished I had bought on impulse for I was sure that I would get back and didn't. I also thought I would find another Save the Queen shop in Italy and found out once in Milan (the capital of clothe shopping) that the only 2 stores are Rome and Paris...don't miss this even if it is just to look, these pieces are works of art!
I bought these shoes in Montreal for the trip, wore them for 2 weeks to break them in (they didn't need it) and decided I would travel with just one pair of shoes (I have never done this before). They have Natural soft leather, transpiring lining, antibacterial sock lining, quilted insole insert, Atomic plantar (?) and form, padded collar light flexible and strong polyurethane sole but most of all "they looked cool" and did cause cause any pain with the 12 to 15 hour walking I did for 2 weeks!. No ebsite on the label but an email address for the curious.
(tel 055 21 86 24, Via de' Michelozzi 9r)
Very good food, very well priced and very well situated but take the time to reserve and don't show up a minute late! I was in Florence 7 nights and ate here 4, the best was the veal a la Limone, the rabbit was an experience and let me not forget the Torta a la Nona. I am craving this desert since my return but the millefeuille and the tiramisu were also very good... David our waiter and the son of the owner was a delight and if I lived in Florence I would eat there every night. No web site to date but found reviews on every other site.
The staff in the restaurants were all very nice but the front desk was the worst I have ever encountered. Upon arrival we had to hull our 5 pieces of luggage up 5 steps while the front desk turned their back on us - literally!
I was not comfortable with leaving my keys at the front desk when leaving the hotel, to retrieve them you simply ask for them upon your return but one night we tested them, we dined with people staying at the hotel that had the same security concern as us and when it came time to ask for our keys we asked for our neighbors keys which were given to us without any questions, our neighbors did the same and got ours...Oops, not very good security.
They also refused to call a cab until you are in the lobby which meant we almost missed our train to Bologna (where I was working).
There were black hairs all over my bedspread when I arrived on the first day so I asked to have a clean one, they came and removed the bedspreads from both beds but never replaced them, we stayed a week in a room with unmade beds. These might seem like small things but I paid less and got more everywhere else and felt the need to advise all of you.
Anyway it was clean (for the exception of the hairs) but they were unpleasant and I do not recommend this hotel
This place is great for discount designer shopping without having to take a day trip to the outlets. The first one I visited on Foro Buonaparte 70, the staff was nice and they had great stuff. I bought 4 tops (moschino, Trussardi, Prada and a Japanese brand all for 170 Euro). I went to the bigger location on Via Prina 11 but the staff here were blah-zeh and the selection had been picked over. Worth the visit especially if your looking for jeans, mens'wear as well as Furla and D&G purses, and shoes.
Very cool place to shop (or window shop) but worth the visit. A gallery attached will provide some culture to the visit and the reading room is perfect for those who want to get lost for a while. I picked the Corso Como CD compilation if you like hard to get music or new artists, its aaalways a great way to discover new artists. There is also a beautiful courtyard cafe that is inviting to rest your feet and sip on an espresso.
They also have an outlet somewhere but it is only open from Friday to Sunday, which did not correspond with my stay in Milan unfortunatelly for me and not for my wallet.
Wow is about the only thng I can say since it was truly the most beautiful building I have seen in my life. Climbing (or taking the elevator) to the roof is a must and bring film and batteries because this is not the place to run out (and if you do you can ourchase film next door - I now this from experince!). If you're not into visiting churches do this one as a tribute to the wonderful artist and scultors that worked on this for it is a marvellous piece and I am only sorry the front facade was under repair. Just means I will need to go back some day.