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Situated in an ideal section of Old Florence, adjacent to Piazza del Duomo and close to many tourist sights
Palazzo Ruspoli offers an ideal location in Old Florence, as it is situated just 21 yards from Piazza del Duomo -- the square surrounding the iconic cathedral in Florence, and one of the city's main attractions. Many of the guest rooms at this B&B offer views of the architectural marvel, especially the large dome that peeps into view. The Santa Maria Novella train station is nearby as well, although a taxi is recommended if carrying large amounts of luggage. The main streets of international shopping are also within close proximity, such as Via della Vigna Nuova, Via Roma, and Via de' Calzaiuoli. Nearby dining options are plentiful as well -- just ask the Ruspoli concierge to recommend the neighborhood's best Tuscan restaurants.
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.
This B&B offers a great location just 21 yards from the Duomo cathedral (with lovely views of this gorgeous landmark from some rooms) and within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and museums. Checkered fabrics and classic Italian furniture make for an authentic old-world vibe, but guests who seek luxury touches will be disappointed (think tube TVs and tiny showers). Rooms feature pretty parquet floors, stocked mini-fridges, and work desks, but little else. The cheapest rooms are especially no-frills, with shared bathrooms and no air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and free coffee add up to a good value, but the property is short on amenities.