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Review 5544: Owner, Garden Apartment (#414017)
1bed/1bath apartment in Arezzo, Tuscany East
April 2013, two weeks
Located in Arezzo city in a residential area very close to the center of the historic area. Wonderful location and very private on the street floor of a three story residential building.
Groceries and bars were within a block or two of the apartment. The city's large supermarket is within a 10 minute walk of the apartment. A number of good restaurants are within easy walking distance.
This is probably one of the two best rentals we've experience in over a dozen trips to Italy. The apartment is reached through a garden gate opening from a walking lane. The apartment is immaculate with all the needs carefully provided. This is the only apartment so it's very private and quiet. The apartment entered directly into a good sized kitchen with a table suitable for four to six people. This leads directly to the bedroom with a king sized bed and an en suite bathroom. From there is a hallway leading to a small room without window that is roomy and contains a sofa bed that could accommodate another person. A laundry room with washing machine is directly off that room. WiFi is provided.
Very nice outside sitting area in a pretty garden area with lawn. There are a couple of tables with awning that is quite pleasant for enjoying the sunshine or eating outdoor. It is very private and shared with no one else. No pool.
All the furniture is in excellent condition and comfortable. The house is immaculate. Plenty of chairs for the two of us.
Comfortable bed in the room also with television and closet space. Good sized bathroom with wonderful stall shower that's large and plenty of hot water.
Very usable kitchen that's well equipped with dishes, pots pans for any number of guests. All of very good quality. We used the kitchen mostly for breakfasts and lunch or late night snack. Upon check-in Tina provided a basket and refrigerator of all sorts of goodies: wine, water, butter, juice, bread, fruit, etc.
Problems or Bonuses
All nice surprises. Did not think a rental could be so well equipped. The web site photos were very accurate and representative of the apartment. I question reviews left on websites but everyone of the dozen or so were very positive and reflected our appreciation of an excellent place to spend two weeks.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We dealt directly with Tina and it was pain free. She responded quickly and answered all our questions without hesitation. She is/was from Australia and speaks both English and Italian fluently. She is extremely helpful and offers to pick up and/or return the renters to the rail station. She imparts her knowledge of Arezzo and area quite readily. She and husband live above the apartment and are available to handle any problems (there were none) but offers privacy as the renters wish. The price for two weeks was discounted at €800 with €100 provided as a deposit upon reservation.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Wonderful rental in a great city that is not overrun by tourists. We would definitely stay there again and recommended it without hesitation. In our opinion, Arezzo is a hidden gem. Well located on rail and bus lines and the stations are an easy 10 minute walk. Arezzo is a hill town and that needs to be taken into consideration but we found it easily manageable (we're north of 70 but deny it!).
If you want to rent this apartment, you better do so early. I understand the apartment is booked solidly this year from April through October.
Things to do in this area
Loved walking around the town and people watching at Piazza di San Agostinio. Lots to see in town: grande piazza, San Francesco chiesa, wonderful passagiata, park with great views. Don't need or want a car. We found plenty to enjoy in Arezzo but also day trips to Assisi, Florence, Perugia, Cortona, Orvieto, Passignano sul Trasimeno and others are easily accomplished by rail or bus.
Arezzo has excellent restaurants. Two of our favorites (not fancy but sure good) where we ate more than once: Saraceno on Via Mazzini near Via Italia closed Wednesday and Miva at Piazza San Agostino closed Tuesday.
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