We stayed at the Hotel Monna Lisa which provided a decent room, a fabulous courtyard that sprung out for Spring, and served a buffet breakfast (included). Everyone spoke excellent English and taxis arrived 5 minutes after being summoned. I particularly enjoyed getting a pot of coffee and a pot of steamed milk every morning and making my own lattes.
|Entrace from a tiny narrow street called Borgo Pinti|
|Painted ceiling at the entrace of Hotel Monna Lisa|
|Courtyard in bloom|
|Building bordering courtyard (enhanced)|
|Courtyard and view from our room window|
We walked a great deal; climbed numerous stairs; took day trips to Pisa, Siena, and Cinque Terre; ate pizza, pasta, and grilled meats (among other things); and discovered new adult beverages such as Amari and Caffe Corretto.
Over the new few posts, I'll break out the trip by location.