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Review 2203: Owner, Convivio Apartment
2bed/1bath apartment near Piazza della Signoria, Florence
October 2003, 5 nights
This apartment is in an excellent location. It's in the center of Florence, just minutes from some of the best tourist sights, cafés and restaurants. It's a very private building on the inside; it adjoins the neighboring buildings in the street. The area is quiet, usually peaceful and very attractive.
Bar Cimatore is right downstairs on the other side of the street. It's friendly, has great cappuccino and terrific croissants. Next door to the bar is a little shop with a very good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. The staff are friendly and helpful. There is another shop right downstairs on the same side of the street.
It is a ten minute walk to our restaurant Lo Scudo (see separate review) in Via dell'Oriuolo (just to the right of the Duomo.) There are numerous restaurants and cafés within five minutes of the apartment.
The apartment belonged to the Cerchi family who were one of the great Florentine families of the 14th century. The apartment is located on Via de' Cerchi which intersects with Via Dante Alighieri where Dante lived. The apartment is in a restored twelfth century tower in the medieval part of the city. It is on the first floor which means walking up three short flights of stairs. I don't like stairs - but these were short flights.
It's just a two minute walk to the Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi gallery. It's a ten minute stroll, while window shopping, to the Duomo. I would have to say - that it is the perfect location in Florence.
It's in the medieval center of one of the world's greatest historical cities. The outdoor sitting area is just a couple of blocks away - at the Piazza della Signoria, as you sit at an outside table of a bar sipping Prosecco or cappuccino. No, there's no garden or pool - just architecture, culture and history.
The apartment is in very good shape and it's very comfortable. There is a large dining room table with chairs and a beautifully furnished living room with wonderful tapestries hanging on the walls. Wooden bookcases line the walls and are filled with guide books and art books belonging to the apartment for you to read while you are there. We left our paperback novels for the next tenants to enjoy. There are more than enough chairs and couches. There were three of us and we all had our own space.
The master bedroom is lovely. Very tastefully furnished and a great window that overlooks the street. The second bedroom is really a large hallway, again with a window to gaze out at the Florentines living their lives below. It has a sofa that makes up into a sofa bed which is not very comfortable. The living room contains a better sofa bed.
There is one bathroom which is modern and very clean.
The kitchen was large and fully usable. It contained everything we needed which, truthfully, wasn't much. We ate almost all of our meals out. For someone who stays in an apartment to cook and serve up meals - then this would be a good choice. There is a dishwasher and a double sink.
The fresh fruit and vegetable shop downstairs and the nearby grocery stores, combined with the modern kitchen would make it a pleasure to cook there if you were so inclined.
Problems or Bonuses
There were no surprises or problems. It is in an excellent location that would be hard to improve upon.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The very nice man who greeted us at the door was called Paolo and it was honestly a pleasure to deal with him. English is spoken and the details furnished on the website were reflected in this vacation rental. There is a minimum stay of three nights. It's a medium priced apartment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Have a look next time you are in Florence, it's at Via Cerchi, 7, very near to the American Express office. You will see the Bar Cimatore across the street. I would send my best friend to stay here, but she'd have to take me with her. It's quite luxurious actually.
Things to do in this area
From this apartment you can visit the Uffizi gallery, the Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo and its museum across the street.
Then there's the David at the Academy, the Fra Angelicos at San Marco, the Church of Santa Croce and the enchanting town of Fiesole up on a nearby hill. The Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens are close by as is the Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio and last but not least, the wonderful views from the Piazzale Michelangelo.
There's much more than this to see and do in Florence but that depends on the length of your stay and how long you sit outside Café Rivoire soaking up the history and culture from your surroundings.
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