Getting to the Relais Grand Tour from the train station Firenze SM Novella

Florence

If you are coming to Florence by train, this is very easy and less stressfull than to use a car. You can book the tickets directly on the official website www.trenitalia.com english version available, or you can easily get the tickets at a local travel agency or at the train station ticket office.
If you will come to Florence from Rome, Milan, Naples, Cinqueterre, etc. this will be a very good transportation because it is fast and safe. From Rome it takes no longer than 1h 40 minutes, Milano is at about 2 hours (by car this is about 4 hours).
When you will stop at the Firenze SM Novella just go in the direction of the Pharmacy you will see on your left (leaving the train platform). There you choose if take a taxi or just walk.

Taxi: go to the Pharmacy and turn at its corner; at the end of the sidewalk on your right you see the taxi line. A ride to the Relais Grand Tour is about 10,00/12.00 euros and it takes just a few minutes (also see this post Taxi in Florence how does it work? )

Walking directions: go to the Pharmacy and cross the streets at the traffic light, then take right and go straight to the Largo Alinari (first corner on your left) which will put you into the Via Nazionale. When you will be into Via Nazionale just count the corners you will meet on your right. At the 4th, turn here, this is Via Guelfa. Walk straight into Via Guelfa to the 2nd cross-road: on your left there is Via Santa Reparata and we are at the n.21. Be careful: here in Florence we have black and red numbers. Red are for shops, restaurants etc. and black numbers they are for private homes, small hotels, etc. We are on the n.21 in black, on the opposite side of a small music shop you will meet coming in our direction.

Relais Grand Tour and Rick Steves: welcome!


rick steves RGT

Good news make us very proud of our property and our efforts. Actually we are on the Rick Steves guidebook since the 2013, and thi make us very happy. Rick Steves in person he came here and rang at the doorbell “Do you have a room, please?” We were fully booked, but we welcame this nice man just to have a talk and make him to see some arrangements and amenities of our B&B, and the patio, too. We talked about Florence and its people, some nice places to eat that we love here in the city center, we talked about the weather and so on… After this, he told us “Ok, now I can tell you who I am…” and this was so unespected from a tourist looking for a room… “I am Rick Steves, you know my books?”. I thought it was just a trick and me and my husband Giuseppe had a laugh. It took some minutes to realized that the man was right Rick Steves in person and that he was inspecting our property, and I will never forget that day, it was embarassing at the first time, but very exciting later! The morning after he came back to us to inspect the rooms after guests check-out, and he was definitely sure: the Relais Grand Tour was put on the Rick Steves guidebook for Italy and Florence&Tuscany.
Since we love the way he has to take care of travellers through his network and all his books, we decided to give to all Rick Steves readers a special discount if they come here with the guidebook where they found us, and we offer this special on our official website Relais Grand Tour Offers

Welcome Rick Steves!

 

Christmas and New Year’s 3 nights Package

Firenze Christmas Time

Lets come to Florence and stay at the Relais Grand Tour during Christmas Holidays and enjoy the romantic athmosphere of the New Year’s Eve. You can mix our special discounts even in this period of the year and add them with our gift: a bottle of italian sparkling wine and our home made cantuccini biscuits!

– 3 nights stay in a Double Room including Rick Steve special discount + I do it myself special offer + Grand Tour Christimas Gift with champagne and biscuits from euros 279,00 total 3 nights stay!
– 3 nights stay in a Suite including Rick Steve special discount + I do it myself special offer + Grand Tour Christimas Gift with champagne and biscuits from euros 375,00 total 3 nights stay!

More informations with price conditions and availabilities on our official website www.florencegrandtour.com 

Cooking class in Florence: Grand Tour advices

home made pasta

Here at the Relais Grand Tour Firenze we are used to suggest places to eat we love. Some of them are famous for the home made pasta. Others for the steak. Others for the desserts. You had pasta and you found it simply great. You eat ravioli, gnocchi, lasagna. You eat that fresh home-made bread. That “zuccotto” cake, or cantuccini biscuits. Now: how can you repeat that amazing experience when at home?

Try a cooking class while in Firenze! Just organize about 3 hours of your time and enjoy the art of cooking as a local the very best Florentine recipes for pasta or cakes.

Actually, there are many agencies organizing cooking class, and here I suggest you the cooking class by Artviva agency http://www.italy.artviva.com/ just because guests told me they had a good experience with them. The groups are not big, and the prices are affordable. In addiction, their office is located into the city center, so you can easily go there on foot from the Grand Tour Firenze to their address.

As you can see, the agency offers a long list of tours in and outside the city center, by walk or bus, and you can use the online booking service to reserve your cooking class.

Enjoy the food while in Italy!

Easter 2014 in Florence: museums, events…

Happy Easter in Florence

Sunday 4/20: The Uffizi Gallery and the Academy Museum will be open from early morning and around 10.00 am in the Duomo square there is the famous Explosion of the Cart with fireworks.

Monday 4/21: Uffizi and Academy special opening day!

Restaurants: all open both for lunch and dinner

Shops: closed on Sunday, open on Monday

 

Happy Easter! 

 

Getting married in Florence: how to do

Do you want to celebrate your wedding in the city of the Renaissance? Here at the Relais Grand Tour Firenze we are used to accommodate wedding small groups, and it is always a great experience. You know there are lots of things to do very far in advance, including to reserve places to stay while in Florence for friends and families, contact the Municipality of Florence, contact a good wedding planner, choose the Wedding Dress, keep mom quiet.

Today I want to give you some short informations about ceremonies, rates, rules, etc. that the Municipality of Florence can offer to the non-residents citizens.

You can choose different places to celebrate your Wedding in Firenze, all of them managed by the Municipality of Florence:

Palazzo Vecchio (in the Sala Rossa, or Sala Lorenzo, or Salone de’ Cinquecento, amazing places, both in good and bad weather), Complesso del Giardino delle Rose (in Viale Poggi, excellent during Spring and Summer, not in the city center, but easy to reach), Museo Comunale Bardini (Via dei Renai,terrific view of the city), or Villa Vogel (Via delle Torri, outside the city, in a green area).

– Price range is euros 500.00 up to euros 5000.00, depending by the place, the time, etc.

– Wedding date can be booked from 6 months in advance, and you can contact them via Email: matrimoni@pec.comune.fi.it or via Telephone: +39 055 2768518 – 2768299 – 2768211 – 2768575  Monday through Friday 8.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.- Tuesday and Thursday also 2,30 p.m. to 5,00 p.m. 

Just click here and you can find the full text of the official informations directly on the Firenze Municipality website, Marriage page

This is the Official Firenze Municipality Brochure Getting Married in Florence 

with our Major Matteo Renzi , who is actually the President of the Italian Council, wrote:

“Those that cannot be born in Florence choose to get married there,” to paraphrase the
Italian screen writer Ennio Flaiano.
I am always struck by the number of couple who choose our city for one of the most
important moments of their life. Florentines do so, bound by an indissoluble affection
towards their own city, but also many Italians and foreigners who choose the beauty
of Florence to seal their choice of a life together.
Every time I go abroad, it amazes me to find wherever I go this unconditional affection
towards our city: without a doubt because of the beautiful treasures that history has given
us, but, as I like to think, also because of the quality of life and hospitality, because of the
spirit and the wit of the Florentines.
For this reason, we have decided to open up further special historical locations to you,
offering you a greater choice and becoming enthusiastic and passionate companions of your
vows Your wedding ceremony can now take place not only the classic Sala Rossa, but also
the Sala di Lorenzo and the majestic Salone dei Cinquecento in the Palazzo Vecchio. Those
who prefer instead a more unusual location can choose between the hidden beauty of the
Museo Bardini and the breathtaking view over our city seen from the Giardino delle Rose.
Each is a choice of beauty that we hope may bring the best of luck at the start of your
journey together.

 

Taxi in Florence: how does it work

taxi in florence

There are just 2 taxi companies here in Florence, and they practice very similar tariffs. One is under the phone number 0554390 and the other is under the phone number 0554242. Here at the Relais Grand Tour B&B we are used to call taxi here at the main entrance for our guests, but they can go to the nearest taxi station in Piazza San Marco. I suggest you to limit the use of taxis while into the city center: due to the total closure of the traffic around the Duomo square, actually it takes less time to take a walk than to take a taxi, which has to turn around the city to get to your place. Both Taxi Companies operate in and outside the city, from airports, train stations etc.

From the Firenze train station to our B&B it is about 5 minutes by taxi, for about 10.00 euros including luggages. From the Firenze-Peretola aiport to our B&B it is about 23-25.00 euros and it takes around 30 minutes.

You have to know that:

–        A taxi minimum ride is of about 6.00 euros.

–        Tariffs depend on time and distances, not only from the distance. So, in case of traffic, you will pay more than usual.

–        Do not make your taxi waiting for you: time starts from the moment they arrive at your door.

–        There is a supplement after 10 pm and on Sundays.

–        A ride from the Firenze airport to the city center is about 20-25.00 euros.

–        Each luggage in the boot of the car is 1.00 euro.

–        Tariffs are clearly explained on sign on each taxi.

–        Payment: usually is on cash. If you want to pay by credit card, ask for a specific taxi with credit card service.

My advice: just take it from/to the train station Firenze SMNovella if you have luggages, and from/to the Firenze Peretola airport, or to go outside the city center in the evening (dinner at Fiesole or to the Piazzale Michelangelo at night). 

More on http://www.4390.it and http://www.socota.it 

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