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Review 3533: Owner, The Arlequin (#56490)


Review by Yvonne from Australia who is a SlowTrav Contributor

Studio apartment near Pitti Palace, Florence


March 2008, 4 weeks


I fell in love with the looks of this tiny studio, situated in the Oltrarno area, on the Internet site. After contact with the owner, Francesco, I booked it for four weeks, in March, 2008.

Francesco was there to meet me, as arranged. After showing me the apartment, he took me for a walk around the neighborhood, pointing out good shops, laundromat, Internet points, markets and so on. He introduced me to Maurizio, who owns a bar/trattoria just down the street. I was to have many a good caffe, and brioche there, and enjoyed meals cooked by Maurizio's mother.

I felt at home and secure in the well equipped, clean apartment. A good supply of CDs and DVDs kept me amused in the evenings. The kitchen allowed me to prepare meals, using fresh produce from local shops and markets. What a treat to eat those tasty tomatoes! The sofa bed was very comfortable, and Francesco brought me fresh, crisp linens each week, including soft, thick towels. Clever use has been made of the space available for the wardrobe.

The neighborhood is quiet, and close to all the attractions of Florence. I loved hearing the bells of Santo Spirito, which is only a couple of blocks away. There are many artisans in the area, and I was able to meet some of them, and watch the progress of their skilled work.

Francesco is a thoughtful, obliging landlord, without being in any way intrusive.

The apartment is best for one person or a couple. I found it an economical, convenient place to stay. I would return to it, and would recommend it to others.

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