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Review 4934: Owner, Due Colonne (#54993)
1bed/1bath apartment in Cremona, Lombardy
March 22-28, 2011, 6 days
My husband and I spent six days at Due Colonne and were delighted with the accommodations and the town. The location of the apartment was, as described on the website, just off the main shopping area on a little side street within easy walking distance of the Duomo and other points of interest. The bakery below the apartment was a wonderful bonus! There was some noise at night from the lively wine bar on the corner, but with the windows closed (it was March), it didn't disturb us.
The apartment itself is tastefully designed and comfortably furnished. The photos on the VRBO website reflect the apartment accurately, but it actually felt more spacious than we anticipated and was perfect for two people. Both the bed and the living room couch were very comfortable. We prepared most of our meals at home and found the kitchen adequately supplied for simple cooking. The washing machine was easy to use, and thanks to the sunny, warm weather during the week we were there, our clothes dried quickly on the little balcony.
The owner, Marco, was very responsive and easy to deal with prior to our arrival. Marco lives in the U.S., and his parents, who live just outside of Cremona, are the local contacts. They do not speak any English, so my rudimentary Italian was put to the test when we missed our connecting train and had to call to inform them we would be arriving later than planned. We expected to walk from the train station to the apartment, but they very kindly met us at the station and drove us to the apartment. Marco has prepared a binder of information about the apartment and the town (in both Italian and English), which we found very helpful.
We spent the week exploring the lovely city of Cremona and took day trips to Verona and Mantova, both easily accessible by train. We enjoyed wandering through the vibrant open-air market on Wednesday and Saturday and coming upon the lit-up torrazzo and Duomo on our first night in town. We highly recommend a visit to Cremona and a stay at Due Colonne!
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