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"We stayed here in 2009 and there is very little we can add to our review then. The location is excellent in two respects
1.It is in a quiet street yet only five minutes flat walk (no bridges or steps) from St Marks Square
2.The view from the flat is stupendous, not only from the main room but also from the roof terrace. Both overlook a canal junction which is usually busy with commercial traffic in the early morning and then, for the rest of the day with gondolas. There is a gondolier’s station visible from the apartment and the passing traffic presents a never ending stream of entertainment.
The flat itself is spacious and comfortable; the kitchen is a little small but is adequate. Once again the TV did not work; there was some problem with the Sky Italia connection with the satellite. This required a Sky technician to attend and this appeared to be not possible. However we managed well enough with a DVD player we had brought with us.
We visited during a heatwave and there was some form of centrally controlled air conditioning throughout the block of flats we were part of but this never seemed to work effectively. There were two fans in the flat which provided some relief but we were very glad of proper air conditioning when we moved to Florence the following week.
We ate a couple of times at our favourite restaurant – Bistrot de Venise, a short walk away in Calle dei Fabbri, and on our last night treated ourselves to expensive drinks sitting outside Florians in St Marks Square. listening to the music.
We very much enjoyed our second visit and we look forward to a third."
"From the first time we met our landlord we were impressed with accomodations. We were met at the front door, taken up the stairs, and were then briefed on every aspect of the apartment and surrounding area. Great location--nice appartment--wonderful host. We had a grand time using the apartment as our base.
Easy walk to the train station and all points of interest in Florence. We would return in a heartbeat and will recommend to our friends.
Only drawback is the 4 flights of steps to the top--be prepared but you do get used to it."
"This apartment was in an excellent location in Florence. We were extremely grateful to Miki and Franco who helped us out immeasurably with our lost luggage - which required waiting for delivery over three different days and too many phone calls. They were very very sweet, warm, comforting and had a great sense of humour - even when helping us struggle with a phone card problem. They seem to love what they do, and we were lucky to have their help.
Miki and Franco also smoothed our stay with respect to tips re travel- bus to Siena, train to Lucca - and offered lots of helpful information about restaurants. The trattoria we frequented the most was the the Antique Carrosseria which had great pizza for the kids and overall delicious meals. On the other side of the river - a great family friendly pizzeria was Dante's and the best gelato we had in Florence - on the corner , at the river, contemporary design, but can't remember the name. Also have to mention the best meal we had - truly superb - also a short walk from the apartment at Gustovino.
The apartment was certainly big enough for a family of four, the air conditioning not nearly as expensive as we thought and the building, of course, very quiet. The cafe at the ground level two doors down was excellent for your morning macchiato. We did shop for a few things nearby - but favoured a likely all to expensive fruit martket in between the two big piazzas.
All in all a great 7 days, and without Miki and Franco we would have not been able to enjoy most of it, nor see nearly as much art! Thanks again."
Lisa and Howard
"We had a great time in Italy and the Villa was a treat. It was perfect home base for us and in such a beautiful area. Also, Francesco and his family are wonderful. They were so kind and helpful even when we could hardly communicate with words they were very patient as well. In fact the people throughout Italy were amazing. It was really a fun vacation and we saw as much as was humanly possible in our little time there. I think one of my favorite days though was the last day on the way home from San Gimignano when we decided to just stop by Certaldo. It wasn't in any of our travel books and yet what a great old town that really didn't seem to be so focused towards tourists. That was a wonderful way to end our Tuscan stay. And thank you for your helpful hints. The restaurants you recommended were all fantastic."
Teresa & RJ Devick
"I'd like to thank you and also Miki and Franco for the great little Michaela apartment in Florence. It was such a short hop to all the major sights."
"I stayed at the Flaminio Apartment in Rome for a week at the end of September 2014. And it was wonderful. The apartment is exactly as advertised, well maintained, comfortable and close to restaurants, metro, and many of Rome's great sites. It was clean, quiet and our greeter was there to meet us on arrival. It was like a home away from home and the welcome basket was a nice touch. Thank you for a great stay and for all the help in organising our stay in Rome. Mandy"
"I grew up in Rome,and have been back often since leaving but I can say that I discovered a new Rome during our stay at the Pasquino. This time I came with my daughter to introduce my two grandsons and my daughter-in-law to my family and my city. We walked everywhere. The location was great and our greeter, Stanislau very helpful. The apartment comfortable, clean and well equipped. Double pane windows very appreciated with the noise from the local restaurants and A/C that worked. We loved the Nespresso coffee machine that made us start the day bright and early. Campo de Fiori market was a daily stop for preparing lunch at home. Piazza Navona was great for a gelato after dinner out. I would recommend Italy Perfect and I will use it again for my next visit. Thank you, Isabella"
Isabella G F
"Huge and airy. Clean and comfortable. Fine art pieces. Close to everything. We were able to walk everywhere, and could stop by the apartment if we just wanted a mid-day break. We had every convenience we needed, lots of room to spread out, and the largest bedroom ever! The lovely hosts were very helpful and congenial, and even left coffee, tea and wine for us. The washing machine was a big plus too. I would definitely recommend this apartment (as well as Italy Perfect) to a friend. We would love to go back and stay here again."
Ruth and Ted
"My husband and I have stayed at Casetta Bonsi three times. The location is perfect. Casetta Bonsi is immaculate, convenient, lovely and just a wonderful place to stay. From Florence, we are able to take trains and buses to various locations in Italy. The host is extremely helpful and cooperative. The terrace is a real plus. Our favorite restaurants in the Oltrano section are Bordino's, La Mangiatoia (very local), I-Tarocchi. We also like Il Caminetto which is near the Duomo. For great ceramics and friendly service, I recommend A. Carnesecchi, Marino Mazierli located at Via Guicciardini, 4R in Florence. For gelato, Cantina Del Gelato at Via De Bardi, 31 is outstanding."
"Serenata ispira amore assoluto—to say that Serenata evokes a feeling of absolute love and passion seems hopelessly inadequate. Gloriously positioned on the fifth floor with the altana looking up and out, about and down creates a sense of other-worldliness—it is as if you have been allowed to trespass in another’s private realm. For the moments spent drinking in the sonorous sounds of the bells and the wonderfully fecund, almost primordial smell of the canals, both early in the morning and late into the night, there is no comparison. The apartment is beautifully appointed, and the heady sense of the exotic married with Venetian art and rich fabrics echoes the richness of the facades around it. We lived Venice; we loved Venice, and we would reclaim Serenata as our own in a heartbeat."
John and Belinda
"My friend and I stayed for a week to visit my daughter at school. Solare was updated, charming and very clean. The welcome basket and information booklet really helped orient us after our long travel. The location was ideal because we could walk to every museum as well as the train/bus station. I did use the second bed which was a pull down and found it comfortable. Our greeter was sweet and helpful. I recommend looking in the guest book for restaurants because there are many tourist restaurants. The condo is on the 4th floor which helped us work off our daily gelato treat!"
"The Strozzi apartment was a great place to stay in Florence. Conveniently located near the train and bus stations, we found it to be a good location from which to make our daily excursions. The accommodations were comfortable and met our needs for a place to collapse after a day of touring Florence. Our hosts were quite accommodating and even arranged for our cab on the day of our departure. "
Paul & Amy DeBusschere
"My friends and I have just returned from our trip, which included a week at Casa San Vito. We had a wonderful time. The house was very spacious and comfortable, and the location was terrific for day trips to see Tuscany. We also managed to slow down for a couple of days and just enjoy the surroundings, including the grape harvest that was in full swing. Franca spoiled us with fresh-baked grape tart, extra coverlets and an extra hair dryer (when she realized we were 6 women renting.) The family was very accommodating, considering how busy they were. We were sorry to leave. Thanks for representing such a great spot in Tuscany!"
"We also enjoy the beautiful spacious apartments [Prisco & Michaela] and the two worked well from location, lay out & to the friendly owners greeting us, offering suggestions and help the entire time and leaving us welcome bottles of Tuscany wine on arrival."
"We were perfectly happy here. Really liked the location, the terrace, the neighborhood. The apartment is in good condition, just like the photos. Will recommend to all."
"Apartment was great for our family. Well located. Italy Perfect was full of good ideas and met our needs efficiently and pleasantly. Jon"
"My husband and I greatly enjoyed the Prisco apartment--it was large, comfortable, filled with light, and well located for walking to sights and restaurants. Our hosts were welcoming, kind, and informative (recommended great restaurants). If we should be fortunate enough to return to Florence, we would stay in the Prisco apartment again, and based on this experience, I would suggest Italy Perfect to anyone traveling to Italy."
First Time Traveler to Italy
"As two sisters who travel everywhere we felt Casetta Bonsi was perfect for us. The location was in the best area being only five minutes to Ponte Vecchio and only half and hour to saunter to the train station. Maurizio and Gabriella were wonderful hosts who welcomed us with a package of fresh fruit,wine,pastry and fresh flowers. Maurizio gave us information about the local area and suggested the nearby travel agent instead of queueing at the station to book our train tickets for our onward journey. This was so easy to do for only a 2 euro fee. We bought our groceries and some ready to eat meals at the S&D supermarket at the bottom of our street. The restaurant Alfredo over the Arno had a wonderful view of Ponte Vecchio and we only had to walk up the hill to our home afterwards. We would certainly recommend Italy Perfect to anyone thinking of visiting Florence and would love to stay in Casetta Bonsi again."
Helen and Judith
"Our accomodations were very good; in good condition and as reflected on the internet. The location was outstanding and in close proximity to San Marco. I would recommend Italy Perfect to a friend. One suggestion is to change the directions of how to get there. [IP: done]"
"Great location and perfect little apartment for our stay in Florence. Loved all the little touches. We shopped at the Mercato Centrale and ate several meals in."
"Our vacation to Florence was wonderful. Just like in the movies. Everything was just as you had written in your packet. The apartment was clean, organized and beautiful. What fun we had! I know our travel plans in the future will include your services."
Mary H. & Carole S.