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    Florence on My Bucket List

    Those who know me know I love to write about history of the places I visit. That’s why Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is on my bucket list. Santa Maria del Fiore, or in English, Our Lady of the Flower, more commonly known as Il Duomo is just one of reasons. It took over 140 years to build and was consecrated on March 25, 1436.

    Architecturally, it had never been outdone. It is still the largest brick and mortar dome in the world. It’s just one of many historical sites in this ancient Italian city. In fact, the entire historical section of the city has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. There is a treasure trove of other historical sites in Florence, Italy, most in this small walkable district. Who wouldn’t be drawn here? 

    Naturally, when researching lodging in Florence, I looked in this same section. What I found was a fantastic mixture of historic with modern, the La Dimora degli Angeli Bed and Breakfast, another great reason to visit Florence.

    La Dimora degli Angeli was built in the 19th century. Antique iron work elevator and staircase, flagstone floor, and paneled doors speak of a glorious past. Luxurious air-conditioned rooms all with their private bath have all the modern conveniences, direct line phone, WiFi, and satellite television. To protect your valuables, there is a safe.

    La Dimora degli Angeli has 12 rooms and makes a perfect honeymoon site or romantic stay. Since the price is reasonable, it is also perfect for a girlfriend getaway, solo traveler, or business traveler. Because this is not a cookie-cutter hotel, all rooms are unique in both style and decor. You can choose; romantic with delicate wallpaper or fun with bright primary colors.  Books and magazines are available all around the premises. The one on tips for tourist in Florence is so helpful. Owner, Claudio Cherubini, had gone overboard to make you feel like an honored guest rather than a customer.

    The rooms are named for ladies such as Adele or Beatrice. Most of the rooms are on the fourth floor and some have a view of the famous Il Duomo. If you want more peace and quiet and the view is not important, choose a non-view room.

    Because it’s a bed and breakfast, you get vouchers to use for a continental style breakfast at one of two nearby cafés. Plus if you feel the need during the day to snack, there is tea, coffee, fruit, and snacks available 24/7 in the b and b’s Tea Room. It’s like staying in your own home away from home or better still, like being the guest of rich Italian royalty who want to impress you with their hospitality.

    Forbes has named Florence one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Imagine looking out your modern, 21st century room window in La Dimora degli Angeli into this gorgeous center of Italian Medieval history. That’s a trip into a timeless world.

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