We had a wonderful stay in Florence. This apartment is very spacious and comfortable. The location was great. Our greeter was very helpful. Would highly recommend this apartment for families. The restaurant right next door was very good and very friendly. Thanks Italy Perfect for the wonderful stay. Would definitely recommend them to friends.
[Thank you so much! The Italy Perfect Team]
Our apartment was very comfortable, quiet, clean, and well equipped.
Our apartment was very comfortable, quiet, clean, and well equipped. It was located in a historic palazzo turned into apartments on the Piazza Santa Croce. Our interests were in history, art, and architecture so the location was perfect. We were able to walk everywhere and even manage one of our party in a wheelchair. There is a "super" market a few blocks away for anything from staples to fine wine. We ate well everyday in a restaurant near our morning excursions, so all over the historic area. Food was great everywhere. Our travel companions are world-class consumers of gelato and give world-class honors to the small gelateria around the corner, facing the convent associated with Santa Croce. The folks at Italy Perfect were very helpful. And, yes, I would certainly seek them out again and recommend them to friends.
Heaven above the Piazza
My friend and I spent a relaxing week in the San Croce Mimi penthouse, a furnished and well-maintained apartment at the edge of the historic district. Comfortable, spacious and with all the modern conveniences - elevator, microwave, TV with English news, air conditioning and a mobile phone to rent - we enjoyed every minute. The large patio overlooks famous San Croce Piazza, and arguably the most beautiful church in Florence. Steps away from shops, cafes and a tourist center, the apartment is still quiet inside its thick walls. Tips for future guests: bring mosquito repellant. The gardener services the plants on the gorgeous patio every other day; when he does, mosquitoes enter the apartment. Otherwise, gracious accommodations, fine service from our Italy Perfect agent and good value made for a lovely vacation.
All eight of us were enchanted with "Mimi" and "Medici" in Florence. The apartments were lovely, comfortable, very well equipped. And Cecile and Greta took wonderful care of us.
As I'm sure you know, the location is wonderful. I was one of the ones staying in "Mimi". I can't stop missing that terrace, with the views of the Duomo and Santa Croce and of the Tuscan hills, all to the sound of real (not recorded) church bells.
Enjoyed this apartment very much.
Enjoyed this apartment very much. Would love to return. Excellent service. Thank you!
Wonderful stay in the Mimi apartment. Can't wait to return!
Perfect Florentine Haven
We adored Mimi. It was perfectly set up for ourselves and our teenage son, who even had his own bathroom.
The beds were blissfully comfortable, and the bedrooms were quiet with lovely views of the Tuscan hillside and roof tops. We loved sitting out on our balcony overlooking Piazza Santa Croce enjoying tea in the morning and cocktails before dinner.
The sitting and dining rooms were beautifully decorated with lovely local ceramics and comfortably furniture.
The highlight of Florence was the local gem of Santa Croce church with it's lovely art treasures, Pazzi chapel, cloisters and the superb leather workshop. The quality of the leather is superb, and you can have one of the artisans emboss your initials in your new purchases while you watch.
We found the restaurant below our apartment to be very good homestyle cooking.
The only negative aspect to our stay at Mimi was that we arrived to a Rock concert taking place in the Piazza which went all day till midnight. This Piazza has always been the focus for local celebrations since Renaissance times and while it was lovely to see it still being used and loved by the City, it was a bit of a surprise for us. Fortunately Palazzo Vecchio was open till Midnight that night, so it wasn't a big problem and our son enjoyed a free concert!
My tips for Florentine sites: For tickets to all the major sites go to the ticket office at Or San Michele.
We found the food at the Uffizi to be appaling, so we suggest eating lunch before you go, and booking for a 12:30 start to the Uffizi.
Another treasure not to be missed was the exquisite Medici Chapel with it's stunning paintings of the Magi by Gozzoli in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi.
In summary, the Mimi apartment was a wonderful base for exploring all the wonders of Florence and we felt priveleged being in such an historic building.
We had an extended visit to Florence in 2009 and stayed at apartment Mimi. It is perfect for two people. A very comfortable home away from home with a charming ambiance and lots of character. The north facing terrace is a luxury in Florence and made all the difference to our stay. We regularly ate breakfast or dinner on the terrace which looks out to Fiesole and is dominated by the striking facade of Santa Croce. Mimi is well located and within walking distance to Florence's many treasures. The small functional kitchen was well used. Shopping at the local supermarkets, butcher in Via dei neri and nearby fresh food markets made the stay even more special. If we didn't feel like eating in there were a number of excellent restaurants and wine bars nearby. The locals we met in the restaurants and local shops were very friendly. The staff at Palazzo Santa Croce were very helpful and also very friendly. We enjoyed our stay and will return.”
We look forward to your return trip in 2011! IP
The most beautiful apartment in the world.
Oh my gosh, the trip was the most beautiful experience we could have asked for. Wonderful!!! Thank you for your services! I would go back tonight if I had the chance. The Medici Apartment in Florence is simply the most beautiful apartment in the world. Perfect for our big group. Stately and palatial, with every accommodation we could want. Huge windows open onto the square where excitement and life take place before your eyes. Felt like living in a Renaissance Palace!!! Renee, who manages the Pallazzo, was so wonderful and kind and warm. We most enjoyed the sights, the activity on the Piazza, the local cafes in the Ambrogio (sp?) neighborhood, the art, the palatial, restful apartment. The art, the art, the art!
Noise was an issue but we got a system down of using the air conditioners and fans at night to drown out the partying on the square. It turned out fine and we got used to the system of windows closed and white noise on. No other drawbacks or problems at all - everything was truly perfect. The noise wouldn't have bothered us if we didn't have to be up in the AM with the kids, if we could have slept late like the locals it would have been fine.
perfect, the perfect location - walked everywhere and best gellati in the world was only two blocks away. the Medici Apartment is right in the middle of things - the ONLY place to stay in Florence is what we all decided. The Ambrogio neighborhood was perfect, very authentic and no tourists, The Standa market was perfect - we went there daily to get food to cook in our apartment every night. We ate out only once and enjoyed great dinners around the huge dining room table. The leather school behind Santa Croce was wonderful!
Tips: Try to live like a local, get off the beaten path, book museum tickets ahead of time from home to avoid lines. Your service was wonderful and thorough and helpful in every way. Seriously.
Miravista was light and lovely
We rented two apartments in Palazzo Santa Croce from July 2nd to the 16th and spent 6 weeks in Italy overall. It was a marvelous trip and we have returned highly recommending staying in apartments to our friends.
We loved and would certainly return to apartments in Florence, particularly Miravista which was light and lovely, and had the wonderful terrace.