Florence. 52. Route. 283
Paris, with restaurant, Via della Spada 3; Pensione Inglese, Via del
Sole 6; Pensione Americana, Via \ igna Nuova; 'Leone Bianco,
ViaVigna Nuova, in the Ital. style, unpretending. — The following hotels,
situated near the Piazza della Signoria, between the Cathedral on the N.
and the Arno on the S., are of moderate pretensions, but conveniently
placed: Hotel Central, Albergo delParlamento (visited by deputies
to the Ital. parliament), both in the Via dei Leoni, at the back of the Pa¬
lazzo Vecchio. Then, in the Ital. style: "Luna (PI. n), R. 2>|2, L. i|2, A.
■|2 fr.; Rossini, corner of Via Ghibellina and V. Proconsolo; Patria,
Fenice, and Stella d'ltalia, in the Via Calzajoli, indifferent; Porta
Ross a, R. 2>|2, A. 3|4, l. 3|4 fr., \'ia Porta Rossa, between V. Calzajoli
and V. Tornabuoni; "Hotel de Geneve, Via Porta S. Maria, a short
distance N. of the Ponte Vecchio; Fontana, Via Castellani 3; S. Marco,
Via dei Saponaj , R. from l'|2 fr., for those of moderate requirements. —
Near the central station: La Xazione, of the first class, II. et Pension
d'A ngleterre, Citta di Milano, all in the Via Cerretani; "Boncia-
ni, Via Panzani 21, the nearest to the station (with restaur.); Roma, of
the first class, Piazza S. Maria Novella 7; Isole Britanniche (Alb.
Scarpa), in the same Piazza; new hotel in the Via della Scala 42; in the
same street the H. et Pension dell'Alleanza, of less pretension.
Hotels Garnis and Private Apartments. Casa Nardini, Borgo SS.
Aposloli No. 17, second floor, R. (several looking to the Lung-Arno) 1>|2 fr.
per diem. No. 5 in the same street, Casa Santi. Similar establishments,
recognisable by the notices or placards, are situated in the Lung-Arno, Piazza
della Signoria, near the cathedral, Piazza S. Maria Novella, Piazza Pitti, etc.
In. winter, which is the 'season' at Florence, two rooms with every con¬
venience cost on an average 60 fr. per month, attendance about 5 fr. ; in
summer 40—50 fr. The pleasantest situation in winter is the sunny side of
the Lung-Arno. The other quarters of the town on the r. side of the Arno
(environs of the cathedral, Via dei Cerretani, Piazza S. Maria Novella, Via
Cavour, Piazza dell' Indipendenza, etc.), as well as the Piazza Pitti, may
also be mentioned as healthy and agreeable situations. The quarter of the
town on the 1. bank of the Arno, especially in the vicinity of the river, is
considered less healthy. In winter it is most important to secure rooms
with a S. aspect, which is almost indispensable for health, as well as com¬
fort in Italy, where brilliant sunshine so often strongly contrasts with bit¬
terly cold winds. The Lung-Arno is almost deserted in summer on account
of the exhalations and the swarms of gnats and mosquitoes, and a N. aspect
is preferred. The heat in July and August is generally most oppressive,
and for these months quarters should be sought for in one of the numerous
villas charmingly situated on the neighbouring heights. Information respect¬
ing houses to be let in whole or in part may be obtained at the offices of
Restaurants, most frequented at the dinner-hour, 5—7 o'clock: "D o n e y,
D. 7 fr., or a la carte, Via Tornabuoni 16; "Cafe de Paris, Via Cerre¬
tani (D. at 4 or 5 fr., or a la carte); "LaToscana, Via Calzajoli; "Luna
(PI. n); Caffe delle Alpi, D. at 5. 30 p. m. 2>|2 fr., in the Piazza S.
Maria Maggiore, near the Via Cerretani; Melini, Ital. wine-house, see
below; Rossini, Fenice, Patria, Stella, see above; Antiche Car-
rozze, Borgo SS. Apostoli, near the Ponte Vecchio, and Leon Bianco
(see above), D. at 5 o'cl. 2 fr. 20 c, both good although unpretending ; Porta
Rossa and degli Artisti, in the Via Porta Rossa; Ville de Paris,
Via della Spada 3; Barile, see below. — Dinners a la carte (2—4 fr.,
bread 10, wine about 60 c.) are more common than tables d'hote.
Cafes, a few only with seats in the open air: *C. de Paris (see above);
"Doney, Via Tornabuoni 14; Parlamento, at the back of the Pal. Vec¬
chio; Flora, Via del Proconsolo; Gloria Italiana and Piccolo El-
vetico, in the Piazza del Duomo; Risorti, Via Cavour; Ferruccio
and Wital, Via Porta S. Maria, N. of the Ponte Vecchio. — Usual char¬
ges: cup of coffee 20—30, glass of ice 30 c, light Florence beer 50 c. per
bottle, beefsteak for dejeuner 3|4—1 fr., etc. — An atmosphere of tobacco-
smoke generally pervades these cafes, which are less inviting than those in
many other Italian towns. — Strangers are frequently assailed in the cafes"