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Review 473: Best Homes in Florence, Oriolo-Duomo


Review by John from USA

3bed/2bath apartment near Duomo, Florence


Dec 22nd -Jan 7th 2003, 17 days


The apartment is located in an historical building near the Duomo on a quiet street. A great location convenient to everything.

Nearby Amenities

Shops and restaurants were very close by - easy to walk to.

The House/Apartment

The historical building was very well taken care of. Perhaps 6-8 large apartments in the building.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Beautiful antiques and comfortable sofas. Plenty of dining room chairs. The apartment was extremely well cared for and clean. Great stained glass window and lots of artwork.


The beds in Italy all seem to be on the hard side. These were no exception. Master bathroom was very spacious with a tub and a shower, all tiled beautifully. Upstairs bathroom had a shower and fun blue/green tile. The upstairs bedrooms had low ceilings as it is more of a loft area. One upstairs bedroom has a spiral staircase down to its own living room.


The kitchen though small was fine to cook in. We ate many dinners at home picking up fresh groceries at the Standa market that is close by.

Problems or Bonuses

We were surprised with the spaciousness and elegance of the apartment and loved being there.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The agency people, Susanne and Frederico, were wonderful. Both charming and helpful with good English skills. The apartment was more than we expected from the published information. The pictures do not do the place justice. We also met the owner of the apartment who lives there part of the year. She was very welcoming and gracious.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We would go back and stay there in a minute. It was perfect for our family of 4.

Things to do in this area

Aqua al Due was one of our favorite restaurants. Fabulous pasta and desserts. Good table wine for the price. Since there was no clothes dryer (most Italian households do not have dryers) and Italian washers take a long time to wash, we chose to take our wash to a Wash and Dry, a bit expensive but quick ... 25 minute wash, 25 minute dry. Time enough to relax with a coffee, check email across the street at an Internet location, or enjoy a Margarita pizza.

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