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March Madness Discounts in Florence

Spring is around the corner and we’ve scored some outstanding discounts for our cherished guests on bookings made this month. These hand picked Florence apartments are all of the finest quality. Discounts of up to 20% if you confirm by April 1, 2018 for stays any time during 2018! Valid on new bookings from  March 11, 2018. Cannot be backdated for existing reservations. Continue reading March Madness Discounts in Florence

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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Pasquino, the Talking Statue, and his Congress of Wits

The talking statues of Rome acted as avatars for the voices of the people, the dissidents and outliers who the fell between the cracks of the Pope’s rule, that could voice their opinions by posting notes on these well-known marble figures. In the early 14th century the Pope ascended to power as King of the Roman Empire. In response to his seemingly limitless power, the Romans of the day created an early form of social media subversion that echoes through the centuries to today’s electronic media managed uprisings.

Satirical poems and polemics were posted on Pasquino, a weathered statue of Melanus King of Sparta from the 3rd century that was unearthed in the 14th centure.  It was the first talking statue, now found in the eponymous Piazza del Pasquino. We named our Pasquino vacation rental after it. You can see the statue from the living room window.

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Train Travel Tips – Italy Perfect’s tips to make train travel in Italy a fun and relaxing experience.

How to travel in Italy by train.
Lisa and Pat of Italy Perfect taking apartment supplies from Rome to Florence by train.

Here’s a collection of our wisdom regarding trains, including:

  • Reserving train tickets
  • Seat selection
  • Rail protection insurance
  • Changing reservations
  • Rail pass?
  • Cheaper to drive?
  • First or second class?
  • At the station
  • Validate tickets
  • Paperless tickets
  • Boarding train
  • Changing seats
  • Food onboard
  • Call your greeter
  • Landing in Rome/Milan + same day train to Florence

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