Hotel de' Lanzi ★★

A room at the Hotel de' Lanzi, Florence
A room at the Hotel de' Lanzi, Florence

A moderately-priced hotel with a primo location and with peek-a-boo views of the Duomo in Florence, Italy

Extremely comfortable hotel in the pedestrian zone with window-filling vistas of the Duomo, which lies just a half a block away—but only if you book a room on the front.

The rooms are pretty basic—perfectly nice, but nothing special, cozy and with quilts embroidered with antique Florentine patterns for style—so it's the fantastic location and prices warrant it two stars.

(Don't go by the prices listed on its website, which are the maximum it might apply. They say a double room costs €199. Poppycock. Go to and, in the off-season, you can have one for €45-€70; in high season, it's usually €114-€140.)

There's also a great breakfast buffet.

It's quite a sight quieter than its sister hotel, the Chiari Bigallo, which is directly across from the Duomo facade and Giotto's Bell tower (fantastic location, but incredibly noisy with all the people milling about beneath your window).

It's a popular place, so book ahead.

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Via delle Oche 11 - Off Via de' Calzaiuoli, around the corner from the Duomo
(Duomo / /Uffizi)
tel. +39-055-288-043

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

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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 de' Lanzi
★★ Via delle Oche 11 - Off Via de' Calzaiuoli, around the corner from the Duomo
(Duomo / /Uffizi)
tel. +39-055-288-043

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

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