SEP 17,2012 - SEP 26,2012 (10 DAYS)
We stayed at a beautiful boutique hotel, situated right in the middle of the old city. They upgraded us to a suite, which was huge. The hotel has great breakfast (incl. bakery, meat, eggs etc), and a cool roof top bar for an afternoon drink.
A bit pricy but well worth it!
Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci, Via Tomabuoni 3-50123
Do save yourself the long lines, and book your Uffizi ticket online in advance at http://www.uffizi.com/
Great food, great atmosphere, fair price:
IL SANTO BEVITORE
Via di Santo Spirito, 66-red 50125 Florence, Italy
St Gimignano is a great base camp for touring the entire Tuscanu region. And a marvelous place on its own, with medieval towers and piazzas and great views to the nearby fields and winaries.
We decided to stay 'inside the walls' of the old city, because we wanted to stay at the hotel in the evenings, and go to the nearby restaurants. La Cisterna is situated right in the middle of the old city. It's a reasonable hotel but I've seen better. Ask for one of the larger rooms, even if it costs a bit more.
Breakfast is good.
They give you the option to drive in with the rented car to drop the luggage, before you go park it outside the walls.
And while you're around, do yourself a favor and stop for an afternoon apperitif - the refreshing 'Aperol Spritz'...
It seems most of the Italians perfer their nightlife around the Trastevere quarter. Just walk through the little streets and find yourself a bar, and the rest of the evening is guarateed to be fun.
Segway ride in the Villa Borghese park
If you want to see the beautiful park, and keep some juice in your feet for the rest of the day, rent a segway from the center of the park and stroll your way.
Price - about 25 euro per person per hour