Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1357: In Italy, Florence Ciompi Apartments
apartments near Santa Croce, Florence
March 27 - 31, 2005, 4 nights
This 3bed/2bath apartment is located in the Piazza Ciompi, which is a wonderful location in downtown Florence. Our apartment was called Michaelangelo and was located on the third floor of the building. Very convenient and easy walking distance to everything. Our apartment was in a restored Palazzo - the Palazzo Ciompi, I believe. There are 15 or 16 apartments on 5 floors with two elevators. There is a secure, gated parking lot in the back of the building that can hold at least 6 or 7 cars. This was great for us as we had a car the entire time.
Everything was incredibly convenient to this apartment. The building is located on Via Pietrapiana, 250 yards from Santa Croce, 350 yards from the cathedral and 500 yards from Via Tornabuoni. You can walk to everything in Florence in 20 minutes or so. The Standa grocery store was only a 3-4 minute walk down the street. There was a great cafe close by that had wonderful baked goods for breakfast. The central Post Office was just a short walk up the street and there were numerous ATM's close by. The Piazza Ciompi has a market that is open every day. Very interesting. Not a food market - more like a flea market. We did not eat at any restaurants right near our apartment, but you would not have to walk more than 5 minutes to find one, I am sure.
I believe the Palazzo Ciompi is historical, but I have no details on that. It has been recently restored and is in wonderful shape. This was, by far, the nicest apartment that we stayed in as far as the kitchen and bathrooms were concerned. There was some building noise, but nothing of note. There is some street noise from the Piazza Ciompi, but nothing that bothered us in the least. We felt that the apartment was extremely peaceful and quiet. The view from our living room window and the twin bedroom was wonderful - we overlooked the Piazza Ciompi and then Santa Croce and Piazzale Michaelangelo beyond. There are 15 or 16 apartments in this building, with a shared washer/dryer on the second floor.
Some of the apartments had terraces, but ours did not. I did not notice a outside sitting area that would be common to those without terraces. There was no pool.
The furniture was in excellent shape. The couch in the living room was very long and comfortable. The two side chairs were reproduction antique and not comfortable for sitting for long periods of time. The beds were wonderfully comfortable.
The apartment was spotlessly clean. The best we had in Italy. The dining area was huge. The table could seat at least 8 or 10. We could have used more comfortable sitting space in the living room, but we were fine with what was there.
The beds were extremely comfortable. There was a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a twin bedroom with a hall bathroom, and a third bedroom up a spiral staircase from the master bedroom, which would not offer much privacy. Good for a family though. The bedrooms were very large and very comfortable with large wardrobes for your clothes.
The bathrooms were great - huge with ceramic tiling that was just beautiful. The master bathroom had a shower stall only and the hall bathroom had a tub. Everything was brand new.
The kitchen was great. It is right off the living room/dining room and was brand new. Lots of dishes, silverware and pots/pans for cooking, which we did. There was a dishwasher also. Cooktop, oven, but no microwave. Nice size refrigerator.
Problems or Bonuses
We were extremely pleased with this apartment. The view from our living room window was a huge pleasant surprise. The convenience to everything was also a pleasant surprise. No bad surprises at all. The shared dryer was a real bonus after line drying for so long.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
In Italy has been wonderful to deal with. Kristin and Jessica have been very helpful and very responsive to any question we had. The instructions they send you are very comprehensive and give you all the information that you need. The onsite person, Karima, was very nice and she did speak English. The reality of the place was better than the published information. We paid 920 euro for 4 nights the end of March, 2005 - Eastertime.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would highly recommend this vacation rental to anyone, including our best friends.
Things to do in this area
Florence is at your doorstep. What more to say? We did not eat at any restaurants right near this apartment.
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