The lobby of Palazzo Magnoni Feroni
Another recommendation is to stay oltr'Arno, which means stay at a hotel or pensione on the "other side" of the Arno river which has fewer historical monuments or museum and, therefore, fewer tourists. It is quieter, and you will meet more true Florentines, adding only an extra 5 minutes to your daily walk to the sites. On the strong recommendation of a friend, we had the special pleasure of staying at Palazzo Magnoni Feroni. I researched this hotel and originally resisted it since the price was steeper than we usually spend. My friend, a seasoned traveler herself, urged me to consider how tired I would be after a long day of city sightseeing and how much I would appreciate a comfortable place to stay, and she pushed me to stay at this Palazzo. 'Wise friend, she could not have been more right. The Palazzo offered us elegant, though not stuffy, accommodations with impeccably friendly and helpful service in all ways. The staff filled our every need, even needs we didn't know we had! A special treat -- the hotel has both a courtyard and a rooftop bar; each allows you to be outdoors without being among crowds, and the rooftop view was spectacular. Both outdoor settings provided us with a comfortable place to rest at the end of our full days, and I could not be more pleased with our choice. Lastly on this subject, my friend got a good deal on this hotel via Expedia, and we got a good deal in that they upgraded our room to a larger suite! 'Can't say why, but who am I to ask?
We dined very well, as described in the previous post. The rest of our time in Florence was spent marveling at the magnificence of the past maintained. At times, words cannot describe my awe. Just a few photos will have to do.
A view from the Uffizi Galleries
An exceptionally beautiful dome of one of the galleries of the Uffizi
Michelangelo's David (need I say more?)
Il Ratto delle Sabine (Giambologna) in the Piazza della Signoria