Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2503: In Italy, Florence Ciompi Apartments
apartments near Santa Croce, Florence
November 2006, 4 nights
This 2bed/2bath apartment is in great location on the western edge of the historic area of Florence. It is in a building of approximately 20 tourist apartments. Everything in the historic area is within about a 20 minute walk. St. Croce is about a five-minute walk south of the apartment.
Just about everything you could want is close at hand. There is bar with wonderful pastries and coffee about three doors down on the left. A bakery for bread and focaccia across the street, a supermarket within a two or three minute walk up the street to the right and a wonderful neighborhood pizzeria/restaurant half a block down to the left on the other side of the street.
We rented the Lorenzo il Magnifico Apartment. It is in an 18th century building with about 20 tourist apartments. It has been recently renovated and everything was in very good condition. This particular apartment is on the fifth floor but the building has an elevator so that didn't present any problems. The particular apartment is unique in that the master suite is on a separate floor from the rest of the apartment up a flight of stairs. There are wonderful views of the city on all four sides of the master suite.
You can view the apartment directly: Florence Ciompi Apartments.
There is no outside sitting area with the apartment that I am aware of and no pool.
The furnishings of the apartment were all in excellent condition including what appeared to be many antiques. The apartment was spotlessly clean and there was adequate seating in the living area and at the table.
The master bedroom was particularly nice. The second bedroom was also quite adequate although since there was no window it was a bit dark. There was a bath with shower off each of the bedrooms. The beds were quite firm, which for me means they were wonderfully comfortable. There was no lack of water pressure or hot water for the bathrooms. In fact, if you have young children I would be a bit careful of the hot water, it was very hot.
The kitchen was very well equipped, even though we only used it for light breakfasts and lunch. There was an electric kettle, something new to me, which I loved for making tea. It was certainly adequate for cooking complete meals, but we enjoyed eating out way too much to be bothered with cooking dinner. All of the appliances seemed to be fairly new and in good condition.
Problems or Bonuses
If anything the apartment surpassed our expectations. There are two washers and a dryer on the second floor of the building that a free for the use of guests. The surprises were how convenient so many things were in the neighborhood.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
InItaly was very good to work with. They were very responsive to any questions on the booking. Since we have absolutely no issues with the apartment while we were there I cannot comment on how they would be at resolving problems. The on site person very also very good. She spoke excellent English and was extremely friendly and helpful. The apartment was €180 per day in mid November.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I highly recommend this apartment. I would not hesitate to stay there again and have already recommended it to friends who are planning to travel to Italy.
Things to do in this area
Everything is in easy walking distance. As I said earlier we truly enjoyed the pastry shop a few doors down on the left and the pizzeria just a bit further down across the street. There are also several antique and other shops on the street.
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