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Review 4557: Owner, I Forni Reali


Review by Diane in Santa Barbara from CA

3bed/3.5bath apartment in Oltrarno, Florence


April 17, 2010, 5 days


This apartment is in Oltrarno about four blocks from Ponte Vecchio and the Pitti Palace on a small pedestrian street, Via Toscanella. It was a lovely quiet location a 5 or 10 minute walk from all the action. It was steps from restaurant Quatro Leone.

Nearby Amenities

Coffee across the street, small groceries a block away, supermarket three blocks away. Roberta's for gloves and scarves on San Jacopo two blocks away. Gelateria La Carraia nearby on San Trinita bridge. Grom a 15 minute walk ... our favorite gelato.

The House/Apartment

The apartment is on the ground floor of a two story building with a courtyard. It is part of the former Medici bakery. The property with courtyard is almost 1400 square feet. There are apartments and their walkways above in the outdoor courtyard. We hardly saw anyone above. Each doorway out of the bedrooms also had drapes so that the door could be left open and still there was privacy.


The dining room, kitchen and all three bedrooms surrounded the courtyard and all had access to it. The courtyard has a washing machine hidden by a screen, and clotheslines.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment was clean. Laundry and kitchen supplies were provided. Furniture was comfortable and there were plenty of places to sit. There was a large dining table and chairs. Nice light and air from the courtyard.


The beds were the basic mattress on Hollywood frame. The master bedroom had a couch also. The master and second bedroom had a door between them, which we kept closed. Both rooms had their own door out to the courtyard. All the bedrooms had a bath and shower. The master and the third bedroom had windows onto the courtyard. The master also had its own hallway into the study desk and onto the living room.

Water pressure was okay. The second bedroom has a bathroom where you must step down into a small entry and then step up into the bathroom door. I had to remind myself that the steps were there.


The kitchen had a half bath adjoining it, its own door to the courtyard and a large arched opening into the dining/living area.

Problems or Bonuses

There was an iron and ironing board, plenty of pots and silverware. Francesca, the manger, was busy but responsive. We arrived at noon, waited for Francesca about 15 minutes, left our luggage while the cleaning people finished and came back a couple hour later. Francesca had a third key made for us so we could all leave separately.

We attached our computer to the Internet on the little desk and it worked fine.

There were loads of guide books in the apartment for Florence and Tuscany.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

I dealt with one of the owners in New York and sent checks for each half of the rent in US dollars. My security deposit was paid in 200 cash to the manager and was returned to me in US dollars by check upon our return home.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

The space and decor of this apartment was lovely. The area could not have been better. I would stay again.

The coffee bar across Via Toscanella was fun ... very local. I went in for a cappuccino and cornetto just because it was my neighborhood bar.

Things to do in this area

We ate at Le Volpi e l'Uva just beyond the Oltrarno side of Ponte Vecchio. The wines were very nice and so was the bruschette ... plain with tomatoes and asiago and with lardo. Wine and prosecco were 3.5 to 6. Bruschette were 6.

Also liked the wine bar across from the Pitti palace, Gole e Cantina. We bought a Brunello we had tried there for an at home dinner in the apartment. This was a little pricier than Le Volpi, but very good.

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