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Review 392: Residenza Il Carmine, Oro


Review by dean from Maryland who is a SlowTrav Contributor

apartments in the Oltrarno, Florence


October 2002, 4 nights


Right around the corner from Piazza del Carmine. The apartment, ORO was in a low building behind the Palazzo opening out onto a little garden. Extremely quiet for Firenze.

Nearby Amenities

Lots of stuff all around. Great caffe at Caffe Ricchi on Piazza Santo Spirito. Many restaurants, including Cavalo Nero next door an Via d'Ardiglione. Ristorante Ricchi has superb seafood at night. Casalingha is a favorite from years back also just off Santo Spirito.

The House/Apartment

Old Palazzo in front with a modern addition of 4 apartments on the garden. We only stayed in the modern apartments.


Nice garden but not particularly romantic or beautiful. Very well kept.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Furniture in good shape, bed very nice. Excellent heating and cooling, lots of hot water.


Very comfortable bed, big bathroom although the space between the toilette and the shower very tight.


Small but very good kitchen. No oven but a 4 burner stove with a small refrig. Okay selection of cookware with lousy knives. Small cutting boards. Dishes for 4. No wine glasses. We cooked 4 full meals here with no problem.

Problems or Bonuses

The street is restricted and very tight. You cannot get a rental car in front of the door. We had to have our cab pick us up at the end of the block to go to the airport.

Owners very helpful and nice.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Highly recommended especially given its price and the fact that its in Firenze. About 90 Euro/night makes it a real bargain plus you get to cook with all the wonderful foods you can find in Firenze.

Things to do in this area

It's Firenze. You are around the corner from Santa Maria della Carmine and the Masaccios, Masolino's and Lippi's. Santo Spirito is a short walk, the Pitti just a little farther. The Duomo is 20 minutes at the most. Incredible feel of the neighborhood. These are real residents around you.

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