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Great value for money a short walk from the centre – 4* – Florence

Hotel DoorIn a lovely riverside location just a brisk 20 minute walk into the city centre, this four star hotel offers its guests every conceivable convenience to make staying here comfortable. With a good on site restaurant, guest parking and fabulous staff who go that extra mile to make you feel at home.

All the well designed guest rooms feature air conditioning, complimentary toiletries in the en suite guest rooms, inter connecting rooms for larger groups and families, a daily housekeeping service, a safe with notebook plug,  a telephone,  TV, wake up calls, internet access, a hair dryer, a well stocked mini bar and controllable heating.

Our top picks in the local area

For families

A family walk along the Arno River, Florence’s lifeblood, is one of the true (and free) delights of the city. The spires and domes of the surrounding buildings are reflected in the waters of this river that effectively divides the north and south of the city. Stop on any one of the bridges that cross the length of it and take photos from the best vantage points.  This walk is especially lovely when the sun is going down and spills colour over the water and the surrounding buildings.

For romance

A chocolate tasting marathon during January’s Chocolate Festival the Fiera del Cioccolato, in Santa Croce Square is a chocoholics idea of heaven.  Supposedly an aphrodisiac, all things sweet on offer here are hand made by chocolate artisans, plus you have every opportunity to sample as much as you like.

For culture

The Medici Chapels were built as a celebration of one of the city’s oldest and foremost families in a bejewelled, opulent and decadent tribute to them.  While relatively small, the history and pedigree packed in here means that if you miss this one out during your cultural tour of Florence, you really do risk missing out on one of the city’s highlights.

For shopping

The Gold Market is tucked away on the ground floor of a palazzo in the heart of Florence.  Established in the 1970’s, this establishment designs and makes gold jewellery that reflects the style and spirit of Florence.  If you love gold, then this is the place for you!

For eating out

Trattoria Mario is a traditional Italian eatery with food made the way mama used to make!   This explains why it is always packed with locals and tourists at any time of the day, along with the excellent prices.  Just be prepared for the fact that you may have to queue round the block to get a seat in the house.

For nightlife

Tabasco Disco is a loud and proud Gay bar in the centre of Florence.  The oldest and best bar in the city, it is located in a set of atmospheric catacombs and really is as hot as the name suggests!

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