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Arno, Florence

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Stroll along Arno, the famous Tuscan waterway that divides the city of Florence. Though the river flows through many Italian towns, the most famous stretch of this body of water is in Florence. Take in views of the river as you walk alongside it and explore charming neighborhoods adjacent to its banks. Best of all, multiple bridges connect the river's two sides--including the popular Ponte Vecchio--and feature a number of classic Italian shops. Look for antiques, leather goods, and jewelry as you cross over these bridges. Stop for a lovely photo op on your way and celebrate your crossing with a gelato. Plan to see Arno and other attractions that appeal to you using our Florence vacation planner.
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Variety is not a problem when deciding where to stay in Florence. The compact town center is packed with hotels, hostels, and small inns. The drawback of this upmarket central area is that even family-run B&Bs often cost as much as luxury hotels. For more affordable lodgings, explore the area outside the tourist-driven city center. Staying in one of the city's residential neighborhoods allows you to immerse yourself in the daily life of local Florentines. B&Bs and hotels outside the center offer private parking and spacious rooms, all within walking distance of the main tourist sites.
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  • The river Arno bisects the city of Florence in an east/west direction. This split is divided between the northern side where most tourists congregate and the southern side where few tourists venture. ...  more »
  • An alternative to sitting along the river is to visit a roof top bar, for example La Terrazza Continentale. A different view of Arno and its surrounding bridges  more »
  • I first heard of the Arno River as a crossword answer for 'Italian River'. But to see it is something else entirely. The Arno flows 150-miles down from the Appenine Mountains and empties into the Gulf...  more »
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  • Great view of Florence but that's pretty much where it stops. Service is terrible and not to the standard of the Westin brand. Drinks menu uninspiring and cocktails a little underwhelming.
  • View was nice, but was the worst service we've ever had at a bar. We went for happy hour where they offer a snack bar (included with a €20 mandatory minimum first drink cost per person). Waited 30 minutes for a table, Then it took almost an hour for them to take our drink order, and it took another hour to get our drinks. The waiter forgot my order twice and had to come back to the table to ask (it wasn't complicated: Johnnie Walker Blue). My drink came out wrong (Johnnie Walker Black), snack bar food was cold.
  • Terrible, slow service. Disorganised. Not what I expected from a 5* hotel. The wine bar we found down the road was much more efficient and better value for money. Nice view - only plus point.
  • Amazing restaurant and bar. The staff are very friendly and professional. It might be a little expensive for the average person but if you are used to fine dining throughout prices are reasonable. I went to have dinner quite late on a Friday night. I phoned before and they were very nice to wait for me before closing the kitchen. I had a the bistecca con funghi and it was cooked to perfection. After the main meal, I moved to the bar for a great cocktail. 5 star service, 5 star food, 5 star location. I will definitely go there again.
  • For the price of 2 drinks you can have beautiful views along with free appetizers. It is wise to go early to get seats for a magnificent sunset.