FLORENCE. 64. Route. 457
In the ViaBenedetto Cairoli, No. 5, is the Pal. Novéllucci, with
four flne bronze dragons by Pietro Tacca, by the windows. — A small
shrine at the comer of the Via Santa Margherita contains an ad¬
mirable Madonna by Filippino Lippi (1497).
Steam Tramway from Prato to Florence, see p. 460 (No. 4). The cars
start beside the Madonna delle Carceri. — From Prato to Sasso (Bologna-)
through the Val di Bisenzio (ómnibus to Castiglione dei Pepoli), see p. 407
About 3M. to the N.W. of Prato lies the little village of floree (trattoria),'
near which rises the Monte Ferrato (1385 ft.), with a quarry of serpentine.
This stone, known as 'marmo verde di Prato', is much used by the builders
of Tuscany. —Aboút711. farther to the N. rises the Monte dilavello (3225 ft.),
the aseetít of which is easy and not destitute of interest. The inn-keeper
at Figline provides a guide (l'/í fr.) and mules (2 fr.). Those who prefer
to return from the summit by a different route, descend the valley to the
N. to (1 hr.) Migliana (trattoria), or to the E. to (1 hr.) Schignano (trat¬
toria) and return by the highroad to Figline and Prato. To walk from
Migliana to Prato about 4 hrs. are required.
58 M. Sesto Fiorentino (Alb. d'Italia) is the best starting-point
for a visit to Monte Morello (3065 ft.; p. 554), which rises to the
N.E. — 59V2 M. Castello (p. 553); 61 M. Rifredi (p. 553). —
62Yg M. Florence.
Railway Stations. 1. Stazione Céntrale Santa María Novella
(Pl. D, 3; 'Restaurant) for all the railways (approached from the Piazza
della Stazione; exit for passengers by the northern line in the Via Luigi
Alamanni; for the other lines, adjoining the Piazza della Stazione), where
omnibuses from most of the hotels meet every train (3/4-2 fr., incl. luggage);
cab 1 fr., at night 1 fr. 30 c, each box 50 c. Travellers arriving in the
evening should secure a cab in good time, as there is often a scarcity
of conveyances. — 2. Stazione Campo di Marte, on the K. side of the
town, the first stopping-place for the slow trains to Arezzo, Perugia, etc.;
too far from the middle of the town for most travellers. — Railway-
tickets may be obtained at the Agenzia di Ciltá delle Ferrovie, Via dell'
Arcivescovado 3 (Pl. E, 4), at French. Lemon <fc Co., at Humbert's, and at
Cook's (see p. 462). — Sleeping Car Co's agent, the Inspector (Controllore)
at the central station.
Hotels (nearly all the better hotels have lifts and steam-heating). —
On the Right Bank of the Amo, best situation (gnats troublesome in summer):
Grand Hotel (Pl. a; C. 3), Piazza Manin 1, R. 5-12, B. IV2, déj. 41/2, D. 6,
pens. from 14, omn. I72 fr.; *Gr. Hotel de la Ville (Pl. b; C, 4), Piazza
Manin 3, with restaurant, R. from 4, B. l'/í, déj. 4-5, D. 6-S, pens. from
12V2, omn. ll/2-2 fr.; Hót. Italie (Pl. c; C, 4), Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci
(principal entrance Borgognissanti 19), R. 4-10, B. I1/*, déj. 4, D. 6, pens.
from 12l/2i omn. IV2 fr.; Florence Si Washington (Pl. d; C, 4), Lungarno
Amerigo Vespucci 6, R. 4-S, B. iy2, déj. 3'/2, D. 41/2-5, pens. 8-14, omn.
172 fr.; Gr. Hót. New York (Pl. e; D, 4), Piazza Ponte alia Carraia 1,
R. 3-5, B. I1/2, déj. 3, D. 5, pens. 8-13, omn. 1 fr., these two frequented by
English and American travellers; *Hót. Grande Bretagne (Pl. f;D, E,5),
Lungarno Acciaioli 8, R. from 5, B. l'/a, déj. 4, D. 5, pens. from 12, omn.
1 fr.; "Paoli (Pl. g; G, 7), Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia 12, R. from 5,
B. I1/2, déj. 3V2, D. 5, pens. from 12, omn. 2 fr., frequented by English
travellers. All these are of the first class. — Somewhat less pretentious:
"Hotel Bristol (Pl. i; C, 4), near the Ponte Carraia, with restaurant,
R. from 4, B. U/2, déj. 3'/2, D. 5, pens. from 9, omn. IV2 fr.; "Hót. d'Albion
(Pl. k; D, 6), Lungarno Acciaioli 10, R. 2i/2-8, B. IV2, déj. 3, D. 4, pens.
from 8, omn. 1 fr. — Plainer: Hót. Berchielli (Pl. n; E, 5), Lungarno
Acciaioli 1G. R. from 2V4. B. 3U. déj. 2>A¡, D. 3, pens. 6-8, omn. 1 fr.