The Hotel Abaco

A room at the Hotel Abaco, Florence
A room at the Hotel Abaco, Florence

An inexpensive hotel of arty kitsch halfway to the Duomo in Florence

Bruno, a gregarious Calabrese, just might be the hardest-working hotelier in Florence.

Bruno closely oversees a series of admittedly cozy (read: small), trippily ecorated rooms in a 15th-century palazzo halfway between the train station and the cathedral, doling out sightseeing information and restaurant recommendations.

Each room is decorated in honor of a different Renaissance artist.

A life-sized reproduction of one of that artist's works hangs on the wall and its palette informs the particular combination of supersaturated colors—reds, blues, and pinks—used to paint the walls and make up the heavy drapes and half-testers over the beds.

One room, though rather small and almost comically narrow, even has an original pietra serena stone fireplace—outsized for the room, but lovely.

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Via dei Banchi 1 (off Via de' Panzani)
(Santa Maria Novella)
tel. +39-055-238-1919

Bus: 6, 11
Hop-on/hop-off: Stazione FS SMN(A, B), Piazza Stazione (C)

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Useful Italian for lodging
English (Inglese) Italian (Italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah
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Hotel Abaco

Via dei Banchi 1 (off Via de' Panzani)
(Santa Maria Novella)
tel. +39-055-238-1919

Bus: 6, 11
Hop-on/hop-off: Stazione FS SMN(A, B), Piazza Stazione (C)

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