Hotels in Florence

Hotels are the most familiar (but rarely the cheapest or most interesting) places to stay

Lodgings in Florence

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A room with a Duomo view
Hotels
Florence

The classic Florence lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
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A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Residenza Castiglioni
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Inexpensive frescoed rooms in the heart of Florence

 
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De' Lanzi
Florence: Centro Storico

A moderately-priced hotel with a primo location and with peek-a-boo views of the Duomo

 
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Torre Guelfa
Florence: Centro Storico

A chichi hotel in the tallest tower in Florence

 
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Morandi alla Crocetta
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Your own frescoed room with a private home feel in Florence

 
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A superior double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Loggiato dei Serviti
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Stay in a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture

 
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Palazzo Guadagni
Florence: Oltrarno

Stunning views and palatial rooms overlooking Piazza Santo Spirito

 
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Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo
Florence: Centro Storico

Your very own frescoed Florentine palazzo on the Duomo square

 
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Burchianti
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Fantasic little hotel with rooms slathered in 17th century frescoes

 
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Pensione Benescistà
Florence: Fiesole

This countryside hotel above Florence at Fiesole has the same views as chic hotel Villa San Michele for a fraction of the price

 
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Grand Hotel Cavour
Florence: Centro Storico

Contemporary comfort in a great location between the Duomo and Uffizi

 
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Monna Lisa
Florence: Centro Storico

Part refined inn, part Old Master art gallery, the Monna Lisa is one of the most truly elegant hotels in Florence

 
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A room with a Duomo view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Helvetia and Bristol
Florence: Centro Storico

An art-filled luxary hotel in the center of Florence

 
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Brunelleschi
Florence: Centro Storico

A luxury hotel at the very heart of Florence

 
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Savoy
Florence: Centro Storico

Luxury rooms in the shopping and sightseeing heart of Florence

 
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Regency
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

This hotel borrows an Old English style giving the hotel a comfortable feel

 
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Torre di Bellosguardo
Florence: Oltrarno

Your own castle in the hills above Florence

 
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Villa San Michele
Florence: Fiesole

This used-to-be monastery has made a turn into an luxurious hotel teeming with elegance

 
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A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Casci
Florence: Centro Storico

An inexpensive, family-run hotel worthy of an overture

 
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A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Abaco
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

An inexpensive hotel of arty kitsch halfway to the Duomo

 
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Mario's
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

A stylishly cheap hotel near the train station

 
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Nuova Italia
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

The most helpful hotel in Florence

 
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Albergo Merlini
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Top notch view of Duomo and Medici Chapels at a decent price

 
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Duomo views from some rooms (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Bigallo
Florence: Centro Storico

Oustanding views of the Duomo and Giotto's belltower right outside your window

 
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Silla
Florence: Oltrarno

Great views over the Arno River from this Oltrarno hotel

 
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Pensione Pendini
Florence: Centro Storico

A grande dame hotel of yesteryear on cafe-lined Piazza della Republica near the shopping streets of Florence

 
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La Scaletta
Florence: Oltrarno

The panoramic rooftop views and homey feel means return guests book well ahead

 
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Alessandra
Florence

Standard and simple rooms near the Uffizi

 
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Hermitage
Florence: Centro Storico

An outstanding rooftop garden only outshined by the services of the staff at this Florence hotel by the Ponte Vecchio

 
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Calzaiuoli
Florence: Centro Storico

A cozy, moderate hotel bang in the middle of Florence, on the main street between the Duomo and the Uffizi

 
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Grand Hotel Minerva
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Fairly pricey high-class hotel overlooking Piazza Santa Maria Novella

 
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Westin Excelsior
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Defining class in Florence, this hotel is exquisite from top to bottom

 
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Several rooms share a terrace with killer Duomo views (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Medici
Florence: Centro Storico

Duomo views on the cheap in the shopping district

 
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Albergo Azzi
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

An inexpensive bohemian hotel near the station

 
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Soggiorno Bavaria
Florence: Centro Storico

An amazingly cheap, achingly basic hotel with a great location—and even some frescoes

 
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Some rooms have lovely garden views (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Good deeds and a cheap room at this hotel-hostel hybrid in the Oltrarno neighborhood of Florence

 
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A dorm room (Photo courtesy of the hostel)
Academy Hostel
Florence: Centro Storico

A hostel in an historic palazzo just a block from the Duomo

 
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Le Due Fontane
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Run out of a palace from the 1600s, this hotel offers a fatasic view of the piazza

 

Lodgings in Italy

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This inexpensive room at the Hotel Galleria in Venice overlooks the Grand Canal (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

The classic lodging option—How Italian hotels work and how to book the best hotels at the lowest rates

 

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Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for rail travel

English (inglese) Italian (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...train station la ferroviaria [or] la stazione lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah [or] lah stat-zee-YO-nay
ticket un biglietto oon beel-YET-toh
first class prima classe PREE-mah CLAH-say
second class seconda classe say-CONE-dah CLAH-say
one way solo andata SO-low ahn-DAHT-tah
round trip (return) andata e ritorno ahn-DAH-tah ay ree-TOUR-noh
Just the supplement Soltanto il supplemento soul-TAHN-toh eel sou-play-MEN-toh
Just a seat reservation Soltanto una prenotazione soal-TAHN-toh oo-nah pray-no-tah-tsee-YOH-nay
I have a Eurailpass Ho il Eurailpass oh eel YOO-rail-pahs
sleeping couchette una cucetta oo-nah koo-CHET-tah
berth in a sleeping car un posto nel vagone letto oon POH-sto nell vah-GOAN-nay LET-toh
track binario been-AR-ree-yoh
train treno TRE-no
car (carriage) carozza ka-RO-tza
seat posto PO-sto
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay
left luggage deposito bagagli day-PO-zee-toh ba-GAHL-yee
     
punch your ticket timbrare il biglietto teem-BRA-ray eel beel-YET-toh
Is this the right platform for the Rome train? E questo il binario per il treno à Roma? ay KWAY-sto eel been-AR-ree-yo pair eel TRE-no ah RO-ma? 
delayed in retardo een ree-TAR-do
strike sciopero SHO-pair-oh
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
City / Train station names
English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Main station
Rome Roma Termini
Florence Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Venice Venezia Santa Lucia
Milan Milano Centrale
Genoa Genova Porta Principe
Naples Napoli Centrale
Leghorn Livorno Centrale
Turin Torino Porta Nuova

Useful Italian for air travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)   Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
the airport l'aeroporto LAHW-ro-port-oh
the airplane l'aereo LAIR-reh-oh
terminal terminal TEAR-me-nahl
flight volo VOH-lo
gate uscita d'imbarco oo-SHEE-tah deem-BARK-oh
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
delayed in ritardo een ree-TAR-doh
on time in orario een oh-RAH-ree-yo
early in avanti een ah-VAHN-tee
boarding imbarco eem-BARK-o
connecting flight la coincidenza la ko-een-chee-DEN-za
check-in accettazione ah-chet-ta-zee-YO-nee
immigration controllo passaporti cone-TRO-lo pah-sa-POR-tee
security check controllo di sicurezza kohn-TRO-lo dee see-kur-AY-tzah
customs dogana do-GA-na
shuttle la navetta lah na-VET-tah
boarding pass carta d'imbarco kart-ta deem-BARK-o
baggage claim ritiro bagagli ree-TEER-oh bah-GA-lyee
carry-on luggage bagaglio à mano bah-GA-lyo ah MA_no
checked luggage bagalio bah-GA-lyo

Useful Italian for car travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
car automobile ow-toh-MO-bee-lay
scooter/motorboke un motorino oon mo-tair-EE-no
gas station stazione di servizio stah-zee-YO-nay dee sair-VEE-tzee-yo
gas benzina ben-ZEE-nah
diesel gasolio [or] diesel gah-ZOH-lee-oh [or] DEE-zell
Fill it up, please al pieno, per favore ahl pee-YAY-noh, pair fa-VOHR-ray
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the highway l'autostrada lout-oh-STRA-dah
...the state highway la statale [written "SS"] lah sta-TAHL-eh
...the road for Rome la strada per Roma lah STRA-dah pair RO-mah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
to cross attraversare ah-tra-vair-SAR-ay
toll pedaggio peh-DA-jo
parking parcheggio par-KEH-jo
road map carta stradale kar-ta stra-DA-lay
where can I pay the fine? dove posso pagare la multa DOH-veh Po-so pag-GAR-ray la MOOL-tah


Typical road signs / terms » more

English (anglais) French (français) 
Stop Stop
Exit  Uscita
Staffic light Semaforo
One-way Senso unico
Dead-end Strada senza uscita
Parking prohibited No parcheggio or parcheggio proibito
Pedestrian zone Area pedonale
Limited Traffic Zone (you pay to drive in) ZTL or Zona Traffico Limitato

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).