If you enjoyed A Room With A View and wish you could have that kind of Florence experience; good news – you can. Grab your nasty old maiden aunt and head for Piazza Santissima Annunziata. Your room with a view is waiting for you at the hotel Loggiato dei Serviti.
It’s not really a pensione and you can’t take meals there (except for the breakfast that comes with the room) but it has an old world feel that you don’t see every day even in Europe. You get the feeling that it was once very elegant, and it is still beautiful, but with a faded opulence that is really charming. It was once a stop for the Knights Templar on the way to the Crusades in the 1300s.
You can see the piazza, Santissima Annunziata in the movie and it’s famous for several things; the world’s oldest orphanage, designed by Brunelleschi, and a raspy throated drug dealer whose office is the south-west corner. Actually I didn’t see him last time we were there so maybe he retired.
I love Florence. If it weren’t for all those American bars and the drunk American students wandering the streets on their semester abroad you’d think you’d gone back in time.