Florence Hotels

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The interiors of Florence hotels are some of the most overlooked spots in the city. It's hard to pay much attention to the glorious fresco cycle in your hotel room when the Uffizi, Galleria dell'Accademia, and Museo di San Marco await you. It's been said that the city's greatest treasures are to be found indoors (though not at Florence hotels), a contention that could just as easily be refuted by anyone who's dared take more than five steps out of Stazione Santa Maria Novella.

Does Florence have outdoor gems as well? Uh, is the Pope... well, of course he is. Between the Boboli Gardens, the Piazza della Repubblica, and the San Miniato al Monte, there are just as many enticements to be found outside of the dark cavernous environs of old catholic churches and hushed art museums. The best way to ensure that you catch them all in a reasonable time frame is to book Florence hotels that are close to the action.

Getting a Jump on Florence Hotels

Florence is a city of a few hundred thousand full-time residents, a number that swells to more than twice that mark in the summer months as schools let out, families take vacations, and backpackers and study-abroad students flock to the city. In order to stay afloat, you must book reservations through your Florence hotels at least a couple of months in advance. There are last-minute accommodations available in some cases, but to enjoy your stay in style, you'll need to call ahead and reserve a room, especially from May through September, when the chaos finally dies down.

Florence hotels feature some of the best Italian hospitality in the country. Those who complain about the rudeness of Romans often find the charm and warmth of Florence a welcome change of pace from the brash and brazen comportment of their neighbors to the south. Even if your concierge or receptionist does seem cold at first, it's impossible to let the chill linger as you marvel at the Pitti Palace or the Ponte Vecchio.

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