When the Concierge of our hotel proposed us to visit the Rose Garden, I immediately realized that he did not agree. His gestures never lie: he took a deep breath and began to fiddle with his wedding ring. Then he took a second breath and declared he was not sure he wanted to spend time (“waste time” have been - were the exact words) in “a garden” while in Florence. A garden who was not the Boboli one, of course.
“It is not a common garden, Sir: it is a place where you can admire Florence from a different point of view. Go there. Wander. Look for the suitcase. Enjoy what you will see. You will prove me right”. “He was absolutely right” he added.
In front of “Partir”, the odd and brilliant work of the Belgian artist Folon, he couldn’t stop photographing the suitcase. “Florence in a suitcase. It gives me the impression I can take home a piece of this wonderful city”.
I was happy to hear these words. That was what I had in mind when I planned our trip to Florence. I mentally thanked our Concierge and I congratulated with myself, once more, for having chosen the Hotel Continentale of the Lungarno Collection. I had read about their excellent Concierge service but I did not think it has the keys of the city. The Rose Garden was the latest of the many places we have discovered, that were not in our previous “self” list.
What about our room? The view of the Ponte Vecchio was breathtaking and the ’50 style gave a vintage, romantic touch. The perfect choice for a trip for two in Florence.
Hotel Continentale - Prestige Arno Room
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