We had a wonderful time. Even though we had a bit of rain, it was completely manageable. Casa Firenze was delightful. It was centrally located and we were able to walk everywhere. We went to one of the restaurants recommended by our Innkeepers (Semolina) and enjoyed it so much we returned the next evening.
This is my second time in Italy and it was especially enjoyable traveling with my sister and my adult daughter. We laughed and walked for hours.
Thanks so much for your help. We had a wonderful time.
Dear Kristin & all;
We wanted to send a few comments about our recent trip to Italy. The accommodations were wonderful and perfectly located for all the sites and day trips. It is difficult to pick favorites since each one was special. We couldn't have imagined a better experience while staying at Casa Firenze in Florence, located in a special neighborhood within walking distance of historic downtown and restaurants. The hospitality was 5-star. We picked up our car in downtown Florence and drove to Lucca, through the narrow streets inside the city walls: easier than expected. We found our room at Palazzo Alexander comfortable. They offer a wonderful breakfast and free Internet which was greatly appreciated. We parked our car for our entire stay and walked this very special walled treasure. We took a short train ride to Pisa one morning, very convenient, worry free and inexpensive.
Thanks In Italy. We had a wonderful trip.
My trip to Italy was fantastic!! I couldn't have asked for nicer hotels or hosts! The cities I visited were amazing ( Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, & Siena). My hosts at Casa Firenze, Max & Beatrice, were just outstanding! They were the kindest sweetest folks especially since they were my first stop. They gave me great suggestions for tours, places to eat (Garibaldi, Piazza del mercato centrale, 38r), where to get my laundry done (which was a very short distance from their place). They even let me use their own personal computer to check my email and to check in with family & friends!
My stay in Lucca at Palazzo Alexander was great as well!! There were two gentlemen at the reception desk; John & Max that totally took care of me - gave me great suggestions on what to see, where to go, places to eat (Da Giulio, Via delle Conce, 45 (P.zza S. Donato) only 13.50 euros for dinner!!), the best place to stop in Cinque Terra - Monterosso (since there are 5 boroughs) and when it took me 4 1/2 hrs to get back from Cinque Terre because of wrong directions, they got me a glass of wine (on the house) and sent me to Da Francesco (Corte Portici, 13 - 55100) for dinner - WOW!!! My dinner was amazing, the service was outstanding, and it wasn't expensive (18 euros for an appetizer, pasta, & wine).
The Hotel Santa Caterina was outstanding as well!! The place was beautiful and had a picturesque view from the fabulous garden where we could also eat our breakfast.
I would highly recommend each place I stayed!! No complaints!
Thank you so very much for all your assistance and recommendations - GREAT JOB!!