Palazzo dal Borgo

An inexpensive frescoed hotel located near the station

The Aprile fills a semi-restored 15th-century palace on this busy hotel-laden street near the station. The corridors are hung with detached fresco fragments, highly ruinous from centuries of exposure on the palazzo's original facade.

Portions of 16th- and 17th-century frescoes in much better shape grace many of the accommodations, and those on the ceiling of the breakfast room are beautifully intact (though in summer you can also breakfast in the garden out back).

Aside from the antique touches, the simple guest rooms are nothing to write home about. The street noise gets through even the double glazing, so light sleepers will want to request a room off the road—besides, some of the back rooms have a breathtaking view of Santa Maria Novella.

The frescoes and relative quiet of no. 16 make it an excellent choice. Historical footnote: Cavernous room no. 3 has had a bathroom attached to it since the 15th century, one of the first "rooms with bathroom" ever!

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Via della Scala 6 (1 ½ blocks from the train station)
(Santa Maria Novella)
tel. 055-216-237. Fax 055-280-947

Bus: 6, 11, 22, C1, C2; 12
Hop-on/hop-off: Ognissanti (A)

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Palazzo dal Borgo

Via della Scala 6 (1[bf]1/2 blocks from the train station)
tel. 055-216-237. Fax 055-280-947

Bus: 6, 11, 22, C1, C2; 12
Hop-on/hop-off: Ognissanti (A)

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