In the historic centre, the area where the B&B is located is easily accessible by car and there are several garages (a parking fee is necessary) within a distance of 50-100 metres. However, if possible, it is advisable to take a train which is the best way to get to the historic centre of Florence where our B&B is situated. The central railway station of Florence is just 10-15 minutes’ walk from our B&B. Ideal for a relaxing stay while taking in art and enjoying the food and wine, Mr - My Resort is also ideally positioned for anyone attending the Pitti Immagine Uomo tradeshow and cultural events that take place within the stunning Fortress da Basso, only three minutes’ walk away.
Latitude: 43.780594 (43° 46' 50.14'' N)
Longitude: 11.257546 (11° 15' 27.17'' E)
By car: To get in the car, enter the GPS coordinates. The entrance to this area of the historical center is from Via Santa Caterina d'Alessandria. Via delle Ruote is the first street on your left.
B&B MR - My Resort is located in the historic centre of Florence which is home to magnificent artistic masterpieces, all of which can be easily reached within walking distance from our residence. The Galleria dell'Accademia (Academy Gallery) is less than 5 minutes’ walk away, the Medici chapels, the San Lorenzo market and the city’s cathedral (Duomo) are only a 7-8 minute walk away through streets where old aristocratic buildings mix with the lively market of San Lorenzo, with its colourful stalls. The wonderful Uffizi Gallery is a pleasant 15 minute walk, taking you through the Renaissance heart of the city and leads directly to the Ponte Vecchio. A walk here at sunset is an unforgettable experience as you stroll towards Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens.
N.B.: B&B MR – My Resort is located in a peaceful residential street with private houses, small art galleries, restoration workshops and several places for sampling local culinary delights which are popular with local residents: an excellent cake shop, a couple of good bars, two of the city’s best restaurants, an excellent greengrocer’s and a well-stocked supermarket. It is an extremely calm and safe area (the central police station is just round the corner), far from the chaotic and lively atmosphere of some of the city’s “hot spots”; and yet, the excellent trattorie (informal restaurants) beside the market of San Lorenzo are just a stone’s throw away and the pubs, souvenir shops and clubs that stay open till the early hours are all in nearby streets.
It is always a pleasure to find travellers who are curious about the city of Michelangelo’s David and the legendary Florentine T-bone steak (bistecca alla fiorentina). You will find tips and information about food, shopping and itineraries in the Blog of MR – My Resort.
Restaurants and Osterie (small informal restaurants): Cafaggi, Pepò both excellent for the traditional Florentine steak (bistecca alla fiorentina) and lovingly prepared home cooking. Excellent prices. It is really worth having lunch in the market of San Lorenzo at Nerbone: excellent “panini” (filled rolls) at low prices, really popular with local residents. Mario is another place worth going to in Piazza del Mercato Centrale, open only for lunch.
Markets: the market of San Lorenzo, where you can buy all the goodies you could desire, including wine, hams, pasta and biscuits.
Ice creams and cake shops: you should definitely pay a visit to the nearby Re Gelato with its ice creamsgh prepared with recipes made according to Sicilian tradition. There is also Rehiner, on the corner of the street, with its excellent cakes where the Austrian tradition of cake-making combines with a hint of Italy and France.
Shopping: fashion victims should explore Via Tornabuoni and all the streets between the Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica. Souvenir hunters should pay a visit to the stalls of the market of San Lorenzo, situated around the church of the same name.
A stay in Florence means being surrounded by the endless beauty of one of world’s most important cities in terms of art, history and food. And yet, Florence is also the perfect base for taking day trips to other places of interest for art lovers and food and wine buffs in Tuscany. Here are a few of our tips, and we will be happy to provide a longer list when you come to stay at Mr – My resort.
Fiesole with its Roman amphitheatre and the church of San Francesco where visitors can enjoy a romantic view of the whole of Florence.
Settignano and Villa Gamberaia with one of the most beautiful examples of the classic Italian garden.
San Miniato al Monte, with its magnificent mosaic façade, has an early medieval crypt where you can see a Mass in a Gregorian Chant sung by Dominican monks. Breathtaking view of Florence.
Greve in Chianti: famous for the beautiful Piazza da Verrazzano, its gentle rolling hills and its renowned and incredibly well-stocked Enoteca (wine merchant’s).
Impruneta: a paradise for terracotta, famous for its fairs and the Good Friday Procession at Easter.
Villa di Castello and Villa La Pietraia near Sesto Fiorentino: two magnificent examples of villas built by the Medici family, like the splendid Villa Poggio a Caiano, formerly the residence of the Italian royal family.
Arezzo: an ideal place to visit when the antiques market is held on the first Sunday of each month. Definitely worth visiting the church of S. Francesco with the Legend of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca, and the splendid Piazza Grande.
Pisa: it is worth visiting Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the beautiful cathedral as well as going for a walk along the river Arno.
Cortona: a stunning city where each corner has picturesque charm, and where it is fun to walk through the maze of tiny streets leading up to the hermitage. Don’t miss the ‘Museo Diocesano’, the museum with paintings by Fra Angelico.
Siena: famous worldwide for the ‘Palio’, Siena is worth visiting to see Piazza del Campo, the cathedral and its museum, with masterpieces by Simone Martini and Duccio da Buoninsegna.
Massa Marittima: renowned for the Renaissance architecture of its historic centre and the beautiful piazza which is overlooked, like a ship’s bow, by the Cathedral of San Cerbone. Half an hour’s drive from the Tuscan coast.
Volterra: just an hour’s drive from Florence, this town is famous for alabaster working and for its unspoilt historic centre, set amid gently rolling hills.
Lucca: the cathedral and cycle rides are just two good reasons for visiting this lovely historic centre surrounded by high medieval walls. It is also worth visiting the antiques market held each month.
Montalcino and Montepulciano: both towns are essential places to visit for wine enthusiasts. The towns are famous throughout the world for Brunello and Vino Nobile, which can be tasted in the numerous local wine cellars and wine merchant’s. Only a short distance away lie the Abbey of Sant'Antimo and the church of San Galgano which are both well worth seeing.
San Gimignano: its old medieval towers dominate the Tuscan skyline providing one of the most memorable views in this splendid landscape. The small piazzas and streets, the cathedral and the surrounding countryside make this small town one of the most popular destinations both for foreign travellers and locals.
Le Cinque Terre: it takes about two hours to get to the villages of ‘Le Cinque Terre’ by train from Florence railway station. It is a pleasant daytrip, especially in fine weather. Ideal destinations for anyone who loves nature and dramatic landscapes with sheer drops down to the sea. You have the chance to explore the small fishermen’s villages with their old-world charm. An absolute must is the so-called ‘Via dell’Amore’ (Lover’s Walk).
Roma: less than two hours by train from Florence central station, The Eternal City offers visitors the true sense of ancient history and how it manages to coexist with modernity. Ideas for a day trip: a bus tour of the city to see the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It is worth visiting the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with its frescoes painted by Michelangelo.
Venice: less than three hours by train, the city is an amazing experience with its hushed romantic atmosphere, the gondolas gliding silently through the water, and the aristocratic residences dating to the Renaissance period. Absolute musts include the following: the cathedral of San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs, the Gallerie dell'Accademia (a museum gallery of pre-19th century art) with the cycle depicting scenes from the Life of St Ursula painted by Carpaccio. It is worth taking a short ferryboat ride.