Behind-the-Scenes Italy Perfect Florence Video

Enjoy an insider’s view of a vacation rental inspection trip, an important aspect of our service because we pride ourselves on personally selecting every property we represent. Lisa and Pat Byrne, sisters and founders of Italy Perfect, had the good fortune to have sister Madelyn, founder of Paris Perfect and London Perfect, along on their trip to Florence, Italy. Take a peek at our time in Florence searching out the best vacation rental apartments, enjoying a cooking class and sharing some family time.

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Luxury Meets Opera History: Fascinating La Camerata Fiorentina Apartment

This gorgeous apartment started with a heck of problem: How to provide luxury accommodations in a beautiful, historical palazzo when you can’t touch the walls of the landmarked building where the musical form of the opera was invented?

Camerata-Living-to-DiningYes, really, opera was invented in the 1590s in the main room of La Camerata Fiorentina apartment by a group of Florentine humanists, composers, musicians and scholars, including Vincenzo Galilei, the father of astronomer Galileo Galilei. What a marvelous history to echo through these rooms!

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Italian Soups to Warm the Soul

There’s nothing better on a cold winter day than a warm bowl of soup. This week I’ll be making Pasta e Ceci (Pasta and Chickpea), a simple, flavorful soup that is one of our family’s favorite wintertime comfort foods.

A hearty Italian soup is not just a starter,  it is a meal in-and-of itself with fresh, aromatic ingredients that leaves you feeling full and satisfied.

Here are a few fine Italian soups to prove that ordering the soup does not mean going without the true Italian-dining experience:

Minestrone

MinestroneMost people have heard of Minestrone, but they probably do not realize that their canned soup is a far cry from what an Italian would call Minestrone. Try the real thing in Italy and you won’t be disappointed. In Italy, minestrone has character: there isn’t really a ‘recipe’ so much as an essence of flavor that depends on regional traditions and the freshest vegetables of the season.

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Vista Serena Luxury Villa: Amalfi Coast Gem

Sparkling waters, sun and serenity will enhance your stay at Vista Serena, a new addition to our Amalfi Coast villa portfolio. Marvelously positioned on a hill overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea, the gulf of Positano and Amalfi, Vista Serena is a classically elegant villa in a world-class location between Sorrento and Positano.

View-from-Dining-TerraceWe personally choose every property we represent, evaluating each one for location, quality, amenities and value. We could not have been more delighted to discover that Vista Serena measured up, and then some, when we paid a visit to see for ourselves in November. We arrived to sunny fall weather, collectively ooo’ing and ahh’ing over the stunningly beautiful views and the graciousness of the villa. A warm welcome from the caretaker who greeted us with dinner fixings, wine, and fresh fruit from the garden put us in a dreamy state…

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