Hotel Bigallo

A room at the Hotel Chiari Bigallo, Florence
A room with a view at the Hotel Chiari Bigallo, Florence

Oustanding views of the Duomo and Giotto's belltower right outside your window

I was quite cross a few years ago to find that the owners had decided to renovate this formely super-cheap standby with the single best location in Florence (right across from the Duomo) into three-star status—and more than double the prices in the process.

The rooms at the Bigallo are boringly modular modern now—comfy but nothing to write home about.

However, in the location competition, it still wins for being located right on the corner of Piazza del Duomo, above the Loggia del Bigallo .

If you get one of the few rooms facing the Duomo, you’ll have a view like no other, practically within poking distance of Giotto’s bell tower.

Just because this is a traffic-free zone doesn’t mean you won’t still get some of the significant pedestrian noise that drifts up from the cobbled street below—this is the city’s most tourist-trammeled intersection. This amazing locaion does have its price.

They renovated this place to bring it in line with their other three hotels, including, a few blocks away on Via delle Oche and with side views of this living postcard, the quieter Hotel de' Lanzi.

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Vicolo degli Adimari 2 (off the Via Calzaiuoli near the Piazza Duomo)
(Duomo / /Uffizi)
tel. +39-055-216-086

Bus: C1; C2
Hop-on/hop-off: Santa Croce (A); 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 Chiari Bigallo

Vicolo degli Adimari 2 (off the Via Calzaiuoli near the Piazza Duomo)
tel. +39-055-216-086
(Duomo / /Uffizi)

Bus: C1; C2
Hop-on/hop-off: Santa Croce (A); Stazione FS SMN (A, B), Piazza Stazione (C)

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  • Transport Florence—Livorno cruise terminal
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  • (train: 68–100 min, €9.10) + Livorno port-station transfer (€1 bus; €20–€30 taxi)


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