2018-06-06 / Front Page

On the Road in Italy: Florence’s Palazzo Castri 1874

By Catherine Tsounis

Hidden walled garden called La Limonaia.  Hidden walled garden called La Limonaia. I wanted a hotel near the Santa Maria Novella train station to save money on taxis. The Palazzo Castri 1874 is a jewel with excellent service, accommodations, breakfast and strategic location. We lucked out with this new boutique hotel in Florence. Our room, on the first La Limonaia.La Limonaia.floor, had a private terrace table and chairs overlooking a hidden walled garden called La Limonaia.  At night, lights lit up the garden of palm trees and flower. making it a spectacular view. The rooms had free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, tea and coffeemaking facilities, and designer toiletries. A cat was sleeping on a reclining chair overlooking the pool

Breakfast.Breakfast.Famed Italian hospitality made it a great experience. It is walking distance to the Fortezza da Basso, Centro Congressi, Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. Ponte Vecchio, Basilica di Santa Croce, Palazzo Pitti and Giardini di Boboli. The breakfast was the best we had in Italy. Gourmet pastries, their own breads, meats, cheese and Italian coffee made our stay unforgettable. Mercato Centrale, an indoor restaurant was two blocks away.

Afternoon tea was offered with gourmet cakes and biscuits. I met Maria Bengtsson, as Personal Shopper at the Artisans of Florence. “Florentine Experience Shopping is a personalized way of seeing our city,” she said. It’s a  walk among the Florentine Art & Craft workshops, boutiques Breakfast. Breakfast. and ateliers of fashion and design. We will discover the extraordinary Florentine heritage made of craftsmanship and creativity.1The Palazzo Castri 1874 staff of Alessandra, Anna Lisa, Emma, Alesandro, Marihela and Mirceau were hospitable to the finest degree. Stay here and you will love your Florence experience.

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