a Room with a View

PIAZZA della REPUBBLICA ..I didn't prepare for the trip. I knew nothing about what there was to see. I journeyed with friends who always traveled with a couple of guide books. I followed blindly and merrily.

First stop was our hotel, and I didn't expect much for 50 Euros a night in Florence. First impressions confirmed that when we walked into the ground floor of the building. It looked like faded glory. However, everything changed when the elevator stopped on the fourth floor at the Pension Pandini. It is truly one of the most beautiful hotels I've ever stayed in.

My room had such a view overlooking the Piazza della Repubblica. The hotel was partially in the Roman-style triumphal arch that celebrated Florence's time as Italy's capital. But, you don't come to Florence to stay in your hotel room, no matter how beautiful. And, the hotel was so close to delicious Italian food, winding cobblestone streets, ornate doorways, and Italian leather shoes on sale. No, I didn't stay in my room.


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