We initially selected this rental based on the numerous outstanding reviews it received on another website, and our high expectations were met in every way. This spacious apartment is even nicer than in the photos. It is spotless, extremely comfortable, well appointed and in a lovely neighborhood. It is within walking distance of the Duomo and other major attractions, shopping and restaurants. The apartment was a lovely place for the six of us to come home to after a long day of sightseeing. We felt like we actually lived in Florence! But the best part was Guido, the owner, who was the perfect host. While booking the apartment and before our trip he answered my emails within 24 hours. He provided us with all the practical information we needed to navigate the city, as well as a list of his favorite restaurants which were all terrific. We had never booked a rental online and were a little apprehensive, but everyone agreeded that was a fantastic experience and we wouldn't hesitate to book this rental again.
We just returned from our family vacation to Florence and are happy to share our experience. We booked very last minute and were thrilled to find this newly listed property available. Everything was exactly as described in the listing. The owner, Guido, had recently completed an extensive remodel of the apartment and it is spectacular! He used the best finishes and materials and the result is first class: quarter-sawn white oak floors in a herringbone pattern throughout; custom Italian tiles in the bathrooms and kitchen; and a mixture of contemporary and classic art all contribute to an amazing ambiance. It was very clean and well maintained and the linens were all high quality as well. The three full bathrooms were great - two were spacious by Italian standards and one was typical (small by american standards) but all were very functional. There is also a half bath or "powder room" downstairs next to the kitchen for convenience. All the bathroom fixtures are high-end and the water pressure in the showers was the best we have had in Europe! The view of the garden from the living room is beautiful and the apartment is very bright and airy overall. The location is perfect - 10-20 minute walk to all the popular restaurants and sites but in a quiet area with no traffic. Guido couldn't be a kinder or more helpful host. He speaks excellent english and his restaurant recommendations took us off the beaten tourist track so we were able to experience the best food that Florence has to offer to its locals. The space was more than adequate for our family of four with two teenagers but we could easily have had another family of three or four with us as there are three bedrooms and two baths upstairs while the two sofas downstairs are fold-out beds. There's a full bath and a half bath downstairs as well so it would be very convenient to put kids on the fold-outs. The WIFI Internet was very fast and handles Skype calls to the U.S. with ease. We told Guido we didn't want to write a review because we'll never be able to find availability once people find out about this gem but he and his wife are so kind and charming that we couldn't let them down! Ciao!
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We chose this apartment because it was so close to my niece and the Duomo, just a 10-minute walk! We started as a party of 6, but by the time we actually made the trip, we were a party of 8, and there was PLENTY of space. The two couches in the large living room were both pullout beds, and even when they were both open, there was room to walk in between them. The view from the windows in the living room overlook a lovely garden. The apartment was clean, with a great kitchen, 3 full baths and a half bath, and came with a couple of hair dryers, which we didn't expect! The three bedrooms were all very nice and roomy. There was even an elevator! Guido was fantastic to work with, gave us great advice on where to shop, eat, and how to order a taxi. I would definitely recommend this apartment to anyone wanting to spend time in Florence! The restaurant around the corner from the apartment was really, really good. Definitely a fantastic trip!
My wife, 2 children and I have spent 2 fantastic weeks in Florence thanks to the right choice: a beautiful apartment in a "Palazzo" in the center, classy furniture, comfortable beds, charming owner who gave us all the tips on Florence !