Hotel Alessandra

Standard and simple rooms near the Uffizi with rentals flats available across the river

This old-fashioned pensione in a 1507 palazzo just off the river offers simple comfort and kind hospitality just a few hundreds yards west of the Uffizi Galleries.

The rooms differ greatly in size and style, and while they won't win any awards from Architectural Digest, there are high ceilings on some floors and a few antique pieces and parquet floors to add to the charm, Plus, prices have plummetted in recent years to the moderate level.

A few rooms get close-up views of a medieval belltower next-door, and a few rooms even have peek-a-boo views of the Arno River half a block away over the rooftops.

They also rent out an apartment in a quiet section of the Oltarno (across the bridge from the Santa Croce neighborhood); check it out at

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Borgo SS. Apostoli 17 (between Via dei Tornabuoni and Via Por Santa Mari
tel. +39-055-283-438. Fax 055-210-619

Bus: C3, D; C1; C2
Hop-on/hop-off: Frescobaldi (A); Santa Croce (A), Corso Tintori (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 Alessandra

Borgo SS. Apostoli 17 (between Via dei Tornabuoni and Via Por Santa Maria), 50123 Firenze
(Duomo / Ufizzi)
tel. +39-055-283-438. Fax 055-210-619

Bus: C3, D; C1; C2
Hop-on/hop-off: Frescobaldi (A); Santa Croce (A), Corso Tintori (C)

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