My husband and I booked this apartment for 11 nights in mid October. It was our first time renting an apartment abroad and it worked very well. We chose this one based on it's location. It is less than a block from Ponte Vecchio and perfectly located for an easy walk to all sites we wanted to see as well as to the train station. We did take a taxi from the airport and it was less than $25 Euro.
The apartment itself was very clean and tastefully decorated. I can't give it a 5 star because the kitchen and bath are a bit dated...but fully functional with plenty of hot water, good shower pressure, etc. The shower was better than expected with a new wall fixture and shower curtain. The living room had an excellent reading lamp by the sofa. The sofa is a sleeper so a bit hard but ok. The table is huge and great for plotting out all the next day's adventures. There are also some great moderate restaurants within a block or two...including a couple immediately below. The gelato shop on the way to the bridge was great!
The view from the front picture window was superb. You are looking through a small plaza to the outside edge of the Ponte Vecchio bridge. The plaza has three small high-end hotels with a door man and we had fun people-watching from the window. There are 2 new art installations in the small plaza that attract some tourists and we often sat with coffee-in-hand watching the pedestrians exclaiming and snapping pictures of the art.
The owner was helpful and when I asked for a drip coffee maker before our arrival and she found a good one for us. She gave us directions to a supermarket just across the bridge and we found everything we needed for breakfast & snacks there. She also has drinks & snacks available for a price if you don't want to bother shopping yourself.
There was some confusion on whether the small elevator worked from the ground floor but it worked fine for my husband who has a bad foot. Florence has lots of stairs everywhere so he still had to do his share of stairs. The apartment is very secure with a deadbolt system that takes some time to master....but we always felt very safe any time of day given the location. There was also some confusion on the password for the WIFI but once the owner emailed it to us it worked fine.
There is some noise about 7:30 in the morning and again at dusk as some of the nearby kiosks are hand pulled through the cobblestone street in front. But, after 2 days we slept through the noise with no problem given that the beds were quite comfortable.
We enjoyed staying in the apartment very much. It is pleasantly furnished and well equipped. Its location is perfect for being able to get round Florence and always be able to come back and relax after lots of walking. The owner is extremely helpful and can advise on where to go in the city. We hope to book the apartment again!
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