Help Florence May

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  1. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    We could do with a bit of help camping in Florence for the Italian Job.

    Michelangelo. Camping International, two sites.

    Are these our only options ? Has anyone first hand experience of any of these ?


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  2. allie sommerville

    allie sommerville Read Only Funster

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    Camping Michelangelo was great when we stayed there!
    It's a lovely walk down the winding footpath to the Arno and then across a bridge to the centre.
    You can get the bus back which stops right outside the site.
    Lots of folk from all round the world, and a really friendly atmosphere.
    It was quiet too :Smile:
    There were complaints about the toilets, but I didn't use them! They may have improved them by now though.
    The pitches are rather small, so if your set-up is on the large side, you might find them tight.

    The following year we stayed at Camping International at Certosa - a bit further away, but plenty of buses into the city, plus two swimming pools. All facilities were good, but it came at a price!
    Hope this helps :Smile:
     
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    Hi Brian

    Florence - lucky chap, my favourite city, though the senior partner prefers Venice. Lovely place. First time we went, we had the room with the better view- the one above the one where E M Forster wrote his novel, overlooking the Arno. ( Forster was as bent as a nine-bob note - a close friend of mine was at Kings, and everyone had to avoid his clutches, even in his advanced years).

    My favourite Flrence line was in one of the Palaces, where the guide book had the memorable phrase "Passing through Room XVI, we reach Room XVII, where..." and the room so causally dismissed had several paintings that would have had a prime place in our National Gallery. Don't forget the bridge of the Arno, where troops in 1945 raon through the attic ontop of the bridge to get behind the German defenders... and so on and so on - the Campanile, the Cathedral itself, the markets, the food*, oh, have you a spare seat??? We'll be there one day.

    Cheers!!

    PS, not speaking much Italian, I used a mix of Latin and French. First night, the food in a restaurant was cold. I tried to say I was hungry , and it was cold. "Ma famme, e frigido". Back came the reply, in sort of English, that my matrimonial problems were my affair!
     
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    We stayed at Michelangelo, wonderful to look over Florence and walk into town. It's a while ago but I do remember that our pitch was nothing like level,
    have a great time
    violet
     
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    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:....just in case you still don't know what you said, here it is: My wife is frigid:Laughing::Laughing::Laughing:


    Amicalement


    Frankie:Wink:
     
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    Just love this one, thanks Frankie:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Lesley

     
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    Hi Brian. Camping Michaelangelo has got to be the best campsite. I agree with allie sommerville. The view overlooking Florence is simply breath-taking. And it's just so incredibly conveniently situated - a short walk down the hill or buses that run from outside the campsite. Fun restaurant/bar as well, also with magnificent views. We had no problem with the toilets. They were the squat-type but clean. Finding a level pitch can be a challenge but then we were there in July so it was packed...shouldn't be as much of a problem in May.
     
  8. allie sommerville

    allie sommerville Read Only Funster

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    A further reason to stay on the Michelangelo:
    We were there for the San Giovanni celebrations in June, and they let off the fireworks just along the road on the Michelangelo Piazzale.
    Spectacular only just about covers it - fireworks with the backdrop of Florence, overlooked by a copy of Michelangelo's David - what more could you want? :BigGrin:
    Also there is the jewel-like San Miniato del Monte (?) chapel just a little way from the site and across the road - beautiful.
    I would say this was the most convenient site for a city centre in all the places we travelled in Europe, and was really quiet - a recommendation in itself!
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Thanks everyone.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I'll bring this thread up when we are contemplating the next site in May.
     
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