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On a quiet street facing the Arno River, near the heart of Florence
The Hotel Berchielli's solid location is one of its strongest suits: It's situated near central Firenze facing the Arno River, offering a quiet locale close to many of the city's main draws. Everything from upscale boutiques to popular public squares is within walking distance.
Florence is extremely pedestrian-friendly, and is one of Italy's most beautiful cities -- it's more compact, and less gritty, than Rome. The Duomo is the most iconic sight here, but other popular attractions include Michelangelo's "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia, the works of Botticelli and da Vinci at the Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which dates back to the 1300s. The Piazza della Signora is a popular tourist hub, and many hotels are located near it.
The boutique Hotel Berchielli has seen better days. The 76 rooms and suites are spacious by Florence standards, and have plenty of natural light, but the decor looks seriously dated thanks to overuse of tacky prints in furniture, curtains, and bedding. The bathrooms are also in need of a facelift, with 90's-era brown tiles and handheld showerheads hung too low to stand under. It's the hotel's location that makes it a good value: It's literally steps from the Ponte Vecchio and in the heart of Florence's best concentration of museums, shopping, and restaurants.