Vacation rental research hits full stride. Wow, there is a lot to think about. We again discuss location, but since we're not renting a car, the countryside is ruled out again.
I send request after request, with no response or “sorry, not available”. I keep trying...
Finally I get a response from a listing agency in Florence that their apartment Rosa is available. The booking document will be sent in 48 hours. Two+ weeks, a couple emails and an attempt to telephone later, I receive the document. Uh oh, it's only for 2 guests. I send an email pointing this out and asking for a new booking document. I do not hear back. Finally, I request a refund. No problem, I am told, the funds will be in my bank within 3 days. A couple weeks and emails later, I do receive my refund. My impression is that this is a reputable agency, and certainly the rep was courteous, but the communication delay was too much for me to deal with on my first attempt at renting an apartment in a foreign country.
I find another apartment, albeit without A/C (but it does have the all-important washing machine!) This time we're booking directly from the owner, who has so far been friendly and very responsive. The apartment is at Via dei Federighi 2 and looks quite lovely and spacious. Looking at the location on the map, I expect it will be somewhat noisy at night, but perfection doesn’t come at this price (580 euro for the week).
At the same time, I search for an apartment in Venice. Same story…requests sent, no luck. Fortunately I come across one in San Polo, (Campiello dei Sansoni nr.899) that we think will work for us. We are not looking for anything fancy, so with A/C, a washing machine, beds for 4 and a cooking area, this should do the trick. It’s beside (or possibly above) a jazz club so will also likely be noisy at night, but at 550 euro for the week, we can live with that. I loved the San Polo district when I was in Venice with mom last March, so am really looking forward to ambling around, especially in the evening and early morning.
Apartment Sansoni in Venice
We booked Sansoni through the above holiday-rentals.co.uk, but had first checked it out on several other websites, including this one that has more photos:
Apartment Sansoni more photos