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Review 5561: Windows on Italy, Rivoire


Review by GailS from MA who is a SlowTrav Contributor

1bed/2bath apartment in Piazza Della Signoria, Florence


May 2013, 10 nights


The apartment is located right on Piazza Della Signoria in the Banca Toscana building.

Nearby Amenities

You can't get much more centrally located in Florence. Plenty of restaurants and cafes near by. There is a decent size Conad grocery store just over the Ponte Vecchio and a small Meta a couple of blocks away.

The House/Apartment

The apartment is on the fourth floor (Italian) and has an elevator and locked door to enter the area to get to the elevator/stairs to access the building. Everything in the apartment was in good shape.


There was a tiny terrace outside with a table and two chairs. Private and looking out towards the church Orsanmichele.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Everything was clean and in good shape. The dining table sat six and there was a comfortable couch in the same dining/living room area.


The bed was comfortable and there was an extra set of pillows. The two bathrooms both had showers and were small but functional. The window in the bedroom faced Via delle Condotta. This can be a busy street so there was some noise at night and early in the morning.


The kitchen was small but well stocked. There is a washing machine in the kitchen but only a small rack to dry clothes on.

Problems or Bonuses

The reason for the neutral rather than positive review is that we had issues with hot water. In the morning, it would take 15 minutes running hot water in the shower, bathroom sink and kitchen sink before it would run hot. After the second morning of the same thing, a Friday, I emailed the woman who I normally work with at Windows on Italy about the problem. She got back to me on Monday. I see the delay as my error and I should have called instead. They sent someone on Tuesday afternoon to fix the problem which they thought was due to a recent adjustment on the boiler. It was better after this but would still take about five minutes before the water was hot. In the evening we didn't have issues with the hot water.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Windows on Italy is a good agency and I rent from them one to two times a year.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

If the hot water issues were fixed, yes. It may not be the best apartment if you are sensitive to noise when sleeping but it is in a great location and furnished nicely.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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