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Trip report: Mostly Food Notes in Tuscany (with florence) and Bologna

Trip report: Mostly Food Notes in Tuscany (with florence) and Bologna

Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:56 PM
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Hi DogMother, if you want you can just email this thread to yourself..than you will have it in your incoming email for future reference.
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We stayed with Roberto in Montepulciano last September - he was a highlight of the trip. We had one of the rooms with direct access to the terrace, which was great for an evening glass of wine. It's not a fancy place - but it's more than acceptable and we loved Montepulciano. We will definitely be back to stay with Roberto!
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Jun 1st, 2006, 12:01 AM
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we go to bologna in a few weeks. thanks so much for the food recommendations.

any thoughts on great, local balsamic? we will be going through modena... would love to taste some where it's made. or do you think we'd be just as well off going to the bologna food shop you talked about??
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Jun 1st, 2006, 08:35 AM
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Tradizionale balsamic vinegar is sold throughout the region; if you are interested in buying the highest qualities, most shops will allow you to taste. I live in NYC and have good sources for many Italian products at good prices, therefore I did not find any real bargains in balsamic in Bologna; the highest grades, with the numbered seals from either the Modena or the Reggio consortiums, cost more than 100 Euro a bottle. Of course there are lesser grades but I think you are referring to the true traditional balsamic. There are many permutations of artisinal balsamics which do not have the tradizionale stamp that might be suitable for you to purchase; these are less costly. All this is to say that I think price wise you will do much better in Modena or in Reggio Emilia, the two centers of production where there are shops specializing in these products. For the best prices, consider paying a visit to the main markets in either city.
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Jun 1st, 2006, 08:47 AM
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How much did you pay for your automatic car rental with dropoff in Florence?

How much did you pay to park?

Which BB near Piazza Della Signoria? Was it noisy at night? One problem I had was Friday night, they had some concert from like 8 PM to 1 AM right by the Palazzo Vecchio and I had to get up the next mornign for an early flight!
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Jun 1st, 2006, 02:52 PM
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We stayed at the B&B named In Piazza della Signoria. This is located at Via dei Magazzini, #2; with many rooms face the Piazza but you can request one that does not. We are not too sensitve about noise since we live in midtown Manhattan; the hotel has well-glazed windows but I would take a non-piazza-facing room if you are worried.

We did not pay to park the car. We picked it up at the airport in Florence, drove to southern Tuscany for two nights, and then returned it to Florence. The return was at the Avis car park on Borgo Ognissanti. There is no drop-off charge. If you want the exact price we paid for the automatic, I will look at my notes.
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Jun 27th, 2006, 11:35 PM
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great reviews have contacted hotel roma in bologna as need 2 nights in late december, look forward to trying restaurants, unfortunately will be on own but i don't intend to miss out
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Jul 14th, 2006, 01:04 PM
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Bringing this forward....
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Jusst to add a bit more detail to this report from my notes, here are a few of the selections, with prices, from the menu of the Antico Ristoro di Cambi, a very good restaurant in the Oltrarno at Via San Onofrio, Ir. (Closed Sunday). (Discussed briefly in the body of my report)

Antipasto Toscano 5.00
Prosciutto and Bocconcini of bufala mozzarella 6.00
Prosciutto and porcini mushrooms 6.00
Ribollita 5.00
Penne with gorgonzola and asparagus 6.00

Roast veal 8.00
Grilled lomabatine of veal 10.00
Baccala with leeks 7.00
Filet of beef with balsamic and arugula 17.00
Roast rabbit 8.00

Bistecca alla Fiorentina 35.00 per kilo (2,2 pounds)
Green salad 4.00

Water 1.50
House wine 8.00 carafe
Coffee 1.00
BRead and cover charge 1.00

All prices in euro.

I have posted this in detail to show that you can, indeed, have a very good meal in Florence for not many euro, if you make some effort.

Here is their website:

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Jul 22nd, 2006, 10:24 AM
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Lola here is the report.
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ek, not to draw you away from your wonderful food report on Rome , but can you tell me how much the Hotel Roma in Bologna was? And did it have an elevator?
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Feb 2nd, 2007, 03:36 PM
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Hi Susan. It has an elevator. It is a fairly modern business type hotel in an exceptional location. As I remember the rooms were in the 100 Euro range last winter. Not fancy. Anything else you need, just ask.....
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ek, thanks, location and elevator are my top priorities! Although, now that I think about it, since I'll be there in early July, does it have air conditioning?
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 04:14 AM
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Susan, I was there in January so I did not think about a/c. I would guess that it does but you can write and ask them. We had a large room on the top floor with beamed ceilings and a separate sitting area. I had read someplace that top floor rooms afforded a view so I requested that room. It was fine... very large but not luxurious in any way. The bathroom was not that great, as I remember...no room to put your things, etc.

Hotel Roma does not have much charm so don't expect that. But they were very professional, made restaurant reservations, called taxi to airport, etc. The location is superb..on a pedestrian street a few steps from Piazza Maggiore. I would stay there again just for the location and the price was good, too.
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 06:45 AM
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Thanks, I don't mind about little charm. The location is much more important to me. I appreciate the information.
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great report! i am a foodie and am salivating as I copy and paste all of your suggestions into my Florence and Montepulciano file for use this summer. Mille Grazie!
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