Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 180: Economy Traveling, Vigna Nuova, Parione
apartments Vigna Nuova (3bed/2.5bath) and Parione (2bed/2bath), Florence
October 2001, 8 nights
Our group rented two apartments centrally located in Florence. The street, Vigna Nuova, is two bridges down from the Ponte Vecchio, and about a 10 minute walk from il Duomo. We liked the location as it was very centrally located. There was street noise, but because the bedrooms were located upstairs with only skylights opening to the outside (no windows) they were very quiet -- a rarity in Florence.
Several excellent restaurants were close by. Many food items could be bought at small stores within a 5-10 minute walk. There was a grocery store about a 20-minute walk away.
The building is from the 1500's and is in very good shape. There are maybe a dozen other apartments in the building. Most open on to a central staircase. In the evenings we could smell and hear others preparing their evening meals. One morning we heard someone practicing opera.
No outside seating. No pool.
The furnishings were in good shape. There were plenty of chairs and it was very clean.
The apartment called "Vigna Nuova" had two bedrooms upstairs, each with it's own bath plus a bed in a loft area, and a half-bath on the main level. The two bedrooms were very quiet. The apartment called "Parione" had two bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of the bedrooms had windows opening on to the street-side. The beds were softer than we're used to, but we slept great while we were there.
The bathrooms in the Vigna Nuova tended to flood during showers and started to smell musty by the end of the week. The shower curtains did not fit properly was the problem. The "Parione" had a different type of shower and did not have that problem.
The "Vigna Nuova" had a small kitchen. The "Parione" had a much larger kitchen. There were enough pots, pans and dishes in both. The "Parione" was easier to cook in, as it was larger.
Problems or Bonuses
The agent we worked with, Federico Pieri, was wonderful. He answered all my (many) e-mails and met us at the apartment and walked us through it. He was available by phone whenever we had a question and had prepared materials (about sight-seeing, grocery stores, etc.) to help make our stay go smoothly. Each apartment also had a clothes washer (no dryer) and a dishwasher.
BONUS: The "Vigna Nuova" apartment had a HUGE combination living/dining room.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were treated well by the agency. Mr. Pieri was very helpful. His English was good. The apartments were accurately represented and I would not hesitate to rent from Mr. Pieri again.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, we would stay here again and I would recommend it highly. We plan to ask Mr. Pieri for help in finding a place when we go to Italy again next year.
Things to do in this area
Il Latini is a highly rated restaurant across the street from the apartment where we stayed. I wasn't willing to wait in line for 1-2 hours, so I never ate there, though others in our group did and said it was very good.
Twice we ate at La Spada, about a block from the apartment, on a street called la Spada. I thought their food was EXCELLENT.
There is also a sandwich shop on Vigna Nuova, a few doors down from our apartment that we ate at a couple of times.
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