Recent reviews for Florence, Tuscany, Italy
"Great location but just a few nits to pick"
Left on 07/08/2015 for a stay in July 2015
This apartment was a wonderful home base on our recent trip to Florence. It's in a great location on the Arno, it is spacious and had almost everything we needed for a pleasant week's stay. But our visit coincided with a record heat wave in Europe. While this apartment had AC units in each bedroom, it didn't have a fan in the living room, making us hide in our cool bedrooms during times when we should have been gathering together in the living room.
The heat wave was a bit unique and I'm sure many other apartments likely had similar issues. Separately, while the apartment was comfortable and had everything we needed (minus fan), a few things in it were also in need of a deep cleaning. I thought of the apartment as 'shabby chic' and very cute/comfortable, but just a little dirty (ottoman, couch, coverlet). And others have mentioned the flights of stairs to get there - yes there are quite a few - we huffed getting up them but it wasn't impossible and helped us justify eating another gelato. I really liked the feeling of it being a real apartment rather than a hotel, and the owners pictures helped me feel like I was a 'local' for my stay there.
So here's a more concise list of what we liked/disliked:
-location is convenient to most of the old city center
-spaciousness of multiple rooms and outdoor space
-back terrace is beautiful with jasmine giving a wonderful fragrance
-laundry is included and came in handy
-gorgeous view to the river (but warnings about going onto river facing balconies)
-fully equipped kitchen
-no AC/fan in non-bedroom areas to keep air moving during heat wave
-unable to open windows for long due to mosquitos
-stains on couch/ottoman, bedspread
"Glamorous Apartment with Amazing Views in the Center of Everything."
Left on 07/06/2015 for a stay in June 2015
I was very hesitant to use any site for apartment rentals because I was arranging a trip for my friends (like extended family) on their first trip outside the USA and they're very picky. I took a chance and went with my instincts and was SO HAPPY I did. We were five people traveling arriving from Venice by train to Santa Maria Novella station and needed a transfer to the apartment. Thankfully, I arranged transfers on our arrival and departure through the rental office instead of relying on taxi service from SMN because the day we arrived with all our luggage there was a taxi strike! People were waiting on long lines for hours. We were five people each with a large bag and carry on piece. The cost was 70 euros each way and was well worth it!!! The driver was waiting for us at the end of the train platform with my name on a sign and was well-dressed in a suit. The Mercedes van was impeccable. Same on the return. The apartment leasing company contracts a transfer service, but they were EXCELLENT and I highly recommend it, especially if you're more than two people. It's a hassle trying to find a taxi to accommodate more than three - four passengers. Upon arrival at the apartment you're expected to call the leasing office and the agent then meets you at the apartment to show you around, sign the lease, and give you keys. Another advantage in using their transfer service was the driver contacted the leasing agent for us when he picked us up so we only had to wait outside the apartment about 5 minutes until he showed up. We immediately LOVED the...
"Bright, clean with a beautiful view"
Left on 07/20/2015 for a stay in July 2015
My husband and I stayed with our three teenage children at this apartment for three nights in July 2015. It was just as represented in the pictures, with a beautiful view of the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio. It has a spacious living room and three separate bedrooms. For five of us, it was a perfect size and really a treat to stay in such a pretty location.
Making the reservation and meeting at the apartment was very easy and friendly.
The air conditioning turned out to be critical, as it was 100F each day, and the apartment stayed nice and cool. The one small room does not have an air conditioner and got a bit warm, but our daughter moved out to the living room couch as she needed to.
The kitchen supplies were adequate. We didn't cook meals, just set out prepared foods and we found what we needed. Although ice ready made in the freezer would have been welcome!
The only appliance we had issues with was the washing machine .... it was a small European style machine, and it ran for hours and hours. There was no way to interrupt it mid-cycle to see what was going on, so it was not an easy way to do our family's laundry. I would recommend some directions on that with soap directions too.
Speaking of that, we couldn't find an apartment manual as most houses have. I would suggest adding that.
We really had a terrific time and thank you for hosting us!
"Comfortable and Charming Villa"
Left on 06/15/2015 for a stay in June 2015
We had a wonderful stay, Agnese was so kind and adorable. She made us feel completely welcome in her family's home. The villa is very comfortable and there was plenty of room for the 6 of us. The kitchen is really well stocked -- plenty of pots, pans, dishes, flatware, etc. Even if the sheets didn't match, everything was spotlessly clean. The large terrace/garden is wonderful, just make sure to bring mosquito repellent wristbands and use the pocket screen door from the kitchen. The best grocery store is at Via Bardi and Ponte Vecchio and is too much of a walk with many groceries, but there is an easy bus stop close by on the D line. Use the stairs half a block from the house to get down to Piazza Ferrucci and from there you can walk to the center or catch a No. 23 bus or No. D bus. The buses are frequent, clean, and easy to use. We recommend the Firenze card, and it also includes unlimited use of the bus system. We highly recommend arranging car & driver transfer service from/to the airport through Apartments Florence. It makes getting there easy.
"Designer's Paradise in a Prime Location"
Left on 07/01/2015 for a stay in June 2015
A simply stunning home. In every corner, there is a feast for the eyes, and a fountain of ideas for your own home. Probably the best feature is the garden. The garden table is even better than pictured. During our week there, we enjoyed two home-cooked dinners outside and entertained local friends for aperitivi on the patio. The kitchen is fully equipped (though curiously void of dish rags). The master suite is by far the best room, but the second suite, while smaller, has its own privacy and charm. The basement space is ample, with seating, dining and sleeping space. It can be a bit damp. Thankfully, the owner provided two dehumidifiers which worked well, but were tricky to empty.
The location is fantastic. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac close to the Boboli Gardens entrance, the home is quiet and private. At the same time, it was only a short 10 minute walk to Ponte Vecchio and a further 10 minutes to the Duomo.
Parking is a tremendous challenge and traffic zone time restrictions mean driving can be impossible at times. There was one evening when we could not drive past Porta Romana because of traffic regulation. It's best to avoid driving, if possible. The good news is that we didn't really need a car, except for day trips out of the city. We never even took a taxi. We walked everywhere and a small Carrefour grocery is around the corner. In fact, we walked from the train station which is only 20 minutes away. It's a walk that a mobile urbanite might be comfortable handling. There is a bus service as well, to and from the train station.
There is no air conditioning in this apartment. The weather was mild during our stay; however, we might expect it to...
Florence, the capital of Tuscany in Italy, is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Whether you are visiting one of the over 80 museums in the city, strolling through the gardens, or checking out the old city walls, Florence is breathtaking in every sense of the word. While you are here, be sure to spend some time in the centro storico, the old town area, and the shopping district centered in Via Roma.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in Florence:
-Galleria degli Uffizi: This is one of the most famous fine art museums in the world.
-The Duomo: This cathedral has become a symbol of the city and offers beautiful views from its dome.
-Boboli Gardens: These gardens make up Florence's most famous park area.
-Palazzo Vecchio: You will find an endless array of street performers showing off their skills in front of this historic landmark.
-Piazza della Signoria: This is Florence's most famous square.
-Ponte Vecchio: Built in 1345, this is the only bridge that has survived from the medieval days of Florence.
The best time to visit Florence is in the spring, when the weather is still pleasant but the high tourist season is still a few months off. Many of the most popular festivals in Florence also take place during this time including the Feast of San Giuseppe in March, the Exhibition of Crafts in April, and The Maggio Musicale in May.
Staying in a vacation rental in one the main areas of the city is usually the preferred option for those visiting Florence. In addition to a luxury apartment rental, it's also possible to rent a villa in the countryside. If you want to get out of the city, Florence can serve as a starting point for exploring the rest of the Tuscany areas. Nearby towns that are accessible by public transport include Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo, and the wine region of Chianti.