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Review 699: Residenza Il Carmine, Oro


Review by Charity B from CA who is a SlowTrav Contributor

apartments in the Oltrarno, Florence


October 2003, 4 days


aRESIDENZA IL CARMINE via d’Ardiglione, 28 50124 Florence, Italy 39-055-2382060 or 39-055-2655805 www.residenzailcarmine.com

Located in Oltrarno, across the River Arno from the center of Florence. Near Santo Spirito and the Palazzo Pitti. Very conveniently located. In 15 minutes, you can walk across one of the nearby bridges and be in the city center.

Il Carmine is a building of about 6-8 apartments on a quiet side street, plus three garden apartments that have air conditioning.

Our apartment was “Oro,” one of the garden apts. It was small but very well arranged for comfort and convenience. It was nicely decorated and had comfortable furniture. Everything was neat, well designed, and clean. In the morning we took our breakfast outside and ate in the small garden. It was quiet and pleasant.

The kitchen was tiny and only had a few cooking utensils. You could prepare a light meal, but not really do much cooking. There was an aluminum espresso maker.

The bathroom was excellent. All modern fixtures, and an enclosed shower stall.

Miriam and her family live in a ground floor apt. and she manages the apartments. The family is very nice and accommodating. Miriam is business-like, but is also attentive to the guests’ needs.

I rented directly from Il Carmine through their website, but they also are on the Florenceby.com website.

Highly recommend this lodging. It is a quiet refuge from the noise and clamor of the city.

There are many restaurants and shops in the neighborhood where you can buy food, pastries, hardware, almost anything you want. Buses are nearby if you don’t want to walk. We ate at two nearby restaurants.

CAFFE & RISTORANTE RICCHI Piazza Santo Spirito, 8/R 50125 Florence, Italy Tel: (055) 215864 Closed Sunday Specializes in fresh fish. We ate one evening in their outdoor seating area in the piazza. Alfonsina speaks some English and she introduced us to the menu and made recommendations. We were brought two tasty morsels of fish from “the house” after we ordered our food. We ordered the house white wine, which was a smooth, fruity, delicious Capsula Vioca 2002, Toscana. The bread basket was filled with four wonderful breads: two different types of cheese bread, a small onion roll, and the normal crusty Tuscan bread. We had antipasti, primi piatti, and dessert. Bill had risotto with scallops. I had tagliatelle nera (black pasta) with calamari and sage. Delicious. For dessert we shared the Tre Dolci: cappuccino pudding with cream sauce, lemon tart with berry sauce, and rice pudding with honey, secco, and something else. We enjoyed this with our cappuccino. We paid 64 Euro. Highly recommend Caffe and Ristorante Ricchi.

TRATTORIA da “PRUTO” Piazza T. Tasso 9/R 50124 Florence, Italy Tel: (055) 222219 Closed on Monday Few tables on the sidewalk, a few tables inside, and several tables downstairs in the cellar. Very popular. Lots of locals. Specialties: Tuscan food and fresh fish. Reasonably priced. Friendly. jA very good neighborhood trattoria. Recommended.

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