a VirtualTourist member from Deerfield asked on Apr 17, 2016
Looking for a nice, centrally, two to three star hotel in Florence that is close to many of the main attractions. Also interested in the best way to see many of the attractions, with 4 nights in Florence and one day devoted to a day trip in Lucca, via train. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Here' s a nice hotel I recommended on VT; [original VT link]
I think you should go to Lucca by bus. The bus station is nearer to the town' s center than the train station in my opinion.
Florence center is quite compact. So that you can go to the main attractions by foot.
Hi! Maybe check Airbnb :) I'm sure, there is something you're looking for
As you are looking for a hotel, rather than just rooms in someone's house, I really don't think airbnb will suit.
I suggest you look instead at the reliable and well-established www.booking.com which is used by many VT-ers and lists b&bs as welll as hotels. it has very extensive listings in Florence (and elsewhere) and...most importantly from my point of view..its reviews can only be posted who have booked through the site and completed their stay.
I've stayed in two hotels which are in easy walking distance of central Florence and Santa Maria Novella railway station, one of which I stayed in for two separate visits. Both were absolutely fine (and I booked both through booking.com). My reviews are here:
[original VT link]
I must disagree with Maurizio about Lucca. I'd much prefer to make the journey by train (not least because you have more space). It's very easy and very reasonably-priced and Lucca's station is just outside the city wallls., 5 minutes or so walk from its absolute historical centre. Train times, details and fares in English on the official Italian railway website:
As it was said above the city center with the main sight-seeings is compact and easily covered by foot. During 4 days you can see the most (but if you are about to visit museums, 4 days could not be enough :-)).
Just check in advance the time-break (siesta) for the churches
I can, with confidence, recommend Hotel Donatello. We enjoyed our stay there and location is perfect
Here is my review
[original VT link]
There are a lot of hotels in Florence centre on the map ukka.co/Florence--Tuscany--1.... You can select the area you need and book hotel just there.
Have a nice trip!
I suggest to look for an air bnb or for a B&B in downtown. It could be really better to book an hotel or a B&B in Lucca directly (or in Pistoia, in the middle between Lucca and Florence) in order to pay less and stay better...
If you need some suggestions about what to see in Florence take a look here, it's an unconventional guide by Federico Minghi: federicominghi.it/toscana/co...
Read also about what to eat and the pages about Toscana wiki they are really interesting.