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Located on a busy street outside of Florence's city center
Although situated on a bustling street, the San Gallo Palace Hotel is located outside of the city center and a bit far from most of Florence's most popular tourist sights. It is, however, within close proximity of some decent restaurants that specialize in Tuscan and international cuisine. The hotel also provides easy access to Florence's trade fair and convention district, including the Fortezza da Basso, Palazzo degli Affari, and Palazzo dei Congressi.
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 San Gallo Palace is not so much a palace as it is a 56-room, mid-range hotel providing clean, spacious accommodations and some nice perks. A hearty breakfast buffet is served daily and guests have access to free loaner bicycles and a tiny fitness center. Rooms offer marble bathrooms, traditional decor, and hardwood floors, but have a somewhat generic look, as well as low-quality bedding and tube TVs. Visitors seeking a quiet stay should request a room facing the courtyard. The property's close proximity to the convention center may appeal to business travelers, but other visitors may find the location too remote.