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Review 3090: Italy Perfect, Prisco
1bed/1bath apartment near Via Tornabuoni, Florence
9/15/07 - 9/22/07, 1 week
The location was perfect for us. It was in downtown Florence about eight minutes (walking) from the train station. It was right down the street from Il Latini (one of our favorite restaurants there) and is in a quiet area. It was convenient to everything we wanted to see. The exact location is just off Via Tornabuoni (shopping street) and one block from the Palazzo Strozzi.
There were tons of smaller restaurants nearby. There were smaller convenience stores, meat shops, rotisserie stores and cafes nearby. There was not a real grocery store in the immediate (five minute) vicinity but with the other smaller stores around us, that didn't matter to us.
The apartment building opens up to a street that is closed off to car traffic (on this small section of it). The immediate streets in front of our apartment were quiet, smaller residential streets, which was really nice. Just around the corner you could get to a major artery which was much more lively and takes you to the river.
The building itself was nice. It has a small elevator and big wide stairs all the way up. We were staying on the third floor (U.S.). We actually rented three apartments together -- Prisco, Strozzi and Michaela. Italy Perfect rented them all to us (we had a group of 8). My family slept in Prisco which was the biggest and more luxurious of the three.
Once you go up to that floor, you have a key that opens up to a group of apartments. In our group there were four. We rented three of them. The fourth apartment was owned by someone else. You walk into the first door and there's another hallway where each apartment has doors to it. Down the hallway is a common area where they have three computers with Internet access for everyone to share.
I don't know how many apartments are in the building. Maybe 20?
The Prisco apartment opened out to the street below which was fairly quiet since there were not many cars on it. But there are still garbage trucks and delivery trucks that make noise during the day. That's to be expected. This apartment did not have an outside sitting area. The Strozzi apartment across the hall did have a small private balcony with a table and chairs outside facing the interior of the building. There is no pool in this building.
The Prisco apartment was an upscale apartment. Everything was clean and the furniture was relatively new and very comfortable. This particular apartment is quite large. The master bedroom is enormous. The main area is a very nice size and we had lots of room (unusual for European apartments).
The TV has a satellite feed with English CNN and a few others. It also has a multiformat DVD player that let us watch our US movies on it. That was VERY useful since we had a three year old with us and he got to watch some of his shows from home that we brought with us.
The master bedroom has a queen bed and a single sleeper next to it. It was perfect for us and our child. Our child slept in the single bed next to us. Everyone was very comfortable. The bedroom was massive. It had two armoires and a large desk for us. The photos and descriptions on the Italy Perfect site showed it very well and we knew what to expect.
The kitchen was exactly what we needed. It wasn't anything huge but it had all the essentials to make a meal and heat up food. The stovetop was new and looked like a high-end unit. Eating out is expensive so it was great to be able to have some meals at home.
Problems or Bonuses
The only surprise was how large the Prisco apartment actually was. You can sort of tell from the pictures but pictures don't always tell you everything. Outside of that, Lisa at Italy Perfect was very honest and gave us all the details about the place. We knew exactly what we were getting and what we got was what she said we would get. We will be staying in these apartments next time we go for sure.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Lisa with Italy Perfect set this all up. We used her in the past to stay in an apartment in Paris and that worked out great too. We used her to book a week in Rome after this apartment also. She has this down to a science and it was very easy to work with her.
The owners who greeted us spoke a little English but they had a daughter who spoke very fluent English (with no accent) to greet us and make sure we understood everything.
We paid $1550 for a week in Prisco in mid September 2007.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely recommend these apartments to others. I will never go back to staying in a hotel room again while staying in Europe. I felt like I got to see the city more and feel more like a native staying in an apartment. And this apartment was so convenient.
Things to do in this area
We had great times at Il Latini and Giovanni's -- both restaurants right down the street. Lisa gives a lot of good recommendations in her rental guide.
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