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"We've just returned from a week at Villa Mare and it was heaven. Plenty of room to relax, and a terrific location, perfectly situated between Sorrento and Positano. We rented a car in Sorrento and drove ourselves around locally (we would suggest hiring a driver for Positano or Amalfi. And make sure not to rent a giant passenger van, as it will be too unwieldy for an inexperienced driver on those narrow, winding roads). We toured Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello, did a day trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum (leave early in the morning to avoid gnarly traffic), and took a day trip to Capri. We also spent a day scuba diving with Punta Campanella diving- they're located right in the marina at Marina Lobrano and it was an easy walk. But our favorite days were those we spent down by the beach, walking to Marina Lobrano for dinner (have the gnocci at San Michele) and breakfast (Angelo's is great), and relaxing on the beautiful terrace. Massa Lubrense is a beautiful town and we so enjoyed walking around the square, even going to the grocery store was interesting and fun. The villa was perfect for our family of 6, had everything we needed and more, and we were lulled to sleep each night by the sound of waves right below us. We could not have asked for a better location, or more beautiful sunsets. [Thank you Meredith, we are happy you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]"
"We thoroughly enjoyed our one week stay in Caravella in Florence. The location was wonderful. Quiet, beautiful, close to wonderful attractions on each side of the river. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen was great to cook in and well stocked with anything needed for meal prep. Wonderful views! We would stay there again. [Thank you Barrett, we are pleased you enjoyed staying at the Caravella! The Italy Perfect Team]
"I can't say enough good things about our apartment in Florence, our trip was fabulous and the location of this apartment was ideal. Really one of the best locations and best vacations ever.
"A wonderful time was spent at Villa Sole...truly a perfect location. We, as a large family of ten, could go visit the surrounding areas but always retreat back to our beautiful villa at day's end. It is immaculately cared for by the wonderful caretaker daily and the best meals ever were made for us by the chefs. The owners are wonderful, caring people that take great pride in their beautiful home and are available whenever needed. I can only wish we could have had more time there and would recommend it to any one looking for a place to relax and see the best sunsets possible...right from your own terrace. PS...three great restaurants are within walking distance! [Thank you Judith, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]"
"This was our fourth stay with Italy Perfect and second in Florence. That alone should speak to our satisfaction with our stays. This apartment is great for us but also has a second bedroom and complete second bath. The furnishings were quite nice, the bed we used ( master) was very comfortable. The kitchen was complete and large by most European standards. A dishwasher and washer with dryer built in also were quite nice to have. The building overlooking the Arno, Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio were postcard fantasy shots. there is good security with locking doors and a door man during the day. Excellent apartment, excellent location and excellent value. [Thank you so much Jack, we are happy you enjoyed your stay, please come again! The Italy Perfect Team]"
"My wife and I have been to Florence dozens of times. The location of the Alcove apartment at Piazza S. Croce is great. We have stayed in this lovely old building a few times...during the hot summer, so we did not know how it would be in the winter (mid-March). What we found was warm and cozy inside the Alcove and crisp and breezy outside...with much fewer people on the streets, in the piazzas and in even the best restaurants at lunch. This apartment, S. Croce Alcove, is exceptional. Well planned, delightfully furnished rooms with easy access to multiple bathrooms. Everything was immaculate. There is a small private balcony in the rear which I found useful as a get away occasionally. Jean and I have nothing but great things to say about our stay. Dave [Thank you very much Dave for your review, we are pleased that you had a wonderfull stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
"This was our third time staying at this property. We stayed at Villa Mare twice and Villa Sole(upstairs property) once. Our hosts were lovely and very helpful. The house was clean, spacious, and beautifully decorated. The sunsets from our large patio were spectacular! The views of Capri and Ischia were breathtaking. We enjoyed our walks on the beach and to the nearby restaurants at the quaint Marina della Lobra. The food was delicious and the service excellent. We found this to be a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. It was easy enough to drive from here to Sorrento or other towns along the Amalfi coast. Massa Lubrense was a welcome respite from the busy tourist filled areas of other Italian cities. Being able to book the reservation and make payments in American dollars with a reputable person like Pat Byrne was one of the reasons we keep using Italy Perfect! [Thank you Rosanna, we are delighted you had a wonderful time and look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team]"
"We couldn't have been happier with our choice of the Caravella apartment. The view is timeless, across the river to the famous buildings, spires and domes of the city. The furnishings top quality. Apartment in excellent shape. Overall very comfortable. The service of Italy Perfect and the onsite staff, well, perfect!"
"The accommodations were good and in a great location. Easy walking to many places of interest. We were fortunate in that the weekend we were there, there was a concert in the square in front of Santa Croce featuring the world renown tenor Placido Domingo. We got to watch and listen from our apartment balcony. Probably at least ten thousand ticket buyers as we took it all in for free. Great timing.
"When we rented the apartment in Florence we had no idea just how much it would enhance our stay. Each day we returned to our HOME with appetizers in hand. Then we would sit on our private terrace, enjoying wonderful italian cheeses and wine while discussing our day. We were traveling with 2 twenty year olds and had we all returned to separate hotel rooms our experience would not have been shared or enjoyed nearly as much. We will travel this way from now on. [Thank you so much, Mary. Your appetizers on the terrace sound delicious. Nice to enjoy with your 20 year olds rather than be separated. Please come again! The Italy Perfect Team]
"We had a marvelous time staying at Villa Mare. Lisa from Italy Perfect was so helpful and informative. Enjoyed a day trip to Capri. Would love to come back and stay again at Villa Mare."
Maureen & Bill
"The location couldn't be better. Plenty of room for all five of us. Plus everyone had there own bath plus air conditioner in all rooms. Host were very accommodating and answered all questions. Only one flaw kitchen needed a few more items (soap for dishes and surfaces). Our six days couldn't have been better. [We are delighted your stay was so nice. The Italy Perfect team]
"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]
"This was our second time staying at this house. the first time we stayed at Villa Mare. This time at Vila Sole. The computer photos do not do justice to this wonnderful place. We felt very much at home here. the owners made us feel very welcome and were very helpful. The location is truly spectacular. From the expansive porches you can see Capri, Ischia and the bay of Naples. Breathtaking. This was such a wonderful find.. Tranquil, peaceful, clean.... all you could ask for in a vacation rental. We loved looking at the beautiful flowers, the lemon trees, and of course the sea. Sunsets were beyond words!!!. We want to return again soon! The Massa Lubrense area is not very touristy so we really liked that. We had dinner at Michelle's and Funiculi FUnicula and la Cartuccia. All excellent!. I have recommended Italy Perfect to many and will continue to do so. It is easy. They are thorough and I can't wait to book my next trip!!!! [We truly look forward to working with such a cheerful guest, again! The Italy Perfect Team]"
"We were very pleased with the apartment; it was spacious and elegant with a magnificent view of the Arno River, Ponte Vecchio and the museums across the river. It was within easy walking distance of the major attractions and there were numerous restaurants in the area. They were good but it seems the quality of food seems to have gone down versus our earlier trip to Italy in the mid-80's. That is not to say the food was bad, there just weren't any 'Ah-Ha' moments. Believe the food would have been better away from the cities. There is an excellent grocery store within a few hundred meters of the apartment that we made good use of. Like the French, the Italians don't seem to be much on breakfast. Believe we hit the weather just right. A little later and things would have been uncomfortably warm. Support staff in Florence was great! They were very cordial and helpful for the few requests we made. In fact, the same can be said of all the Italian people we ran into. FYI, we had spent a week in Rome before taking the train to Florence. Many of the comments about Florence, especially the restaurants, held true there as well. The only negative we had was our departure from the Florence Airport. No one seemed to be in charge. There were long lines that you really weren't sure of whether you were in the right one or not. Quite frankly, it reminded us of our days living in the middle east. Guess the best take away is be sure to have plenty of time allocated to airport activities."
Joyce & H.T.
"This is the second time I have visited Florence and stayed at the Palazzo Antellesi. I spent two weeks in The Alcove apartment, first with friends and then family. The Alcove is extremely comfortable and very well equipped. It has an unbelievable location, only a five minute walk to The Uffizi, The Arno or the Piazza Repubblica. There are wonderful restaurants nearby, our new favorite is Cucina Torcicoda which we returned to several times. The best gelatoria in the city is Vivoli and is around a corner from he apartment. We also went back to the Mercato Centrale several times to eat at their new third floor food hall. My 13 and 16 year old grandsons went shopping there and bought food to cook dinner for us in the apartment. If you can time it right, come in June and you will have front row seats for the famous Calcio (soccer) tournament. Thanks to Cecile, the manager, for all her help. We will be back. Susan Rose
"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.
"Best location, just a few steps from Ponte Vecchio on the Oltro Arno side. Apartment was spacious, clean, and comfortable. Made extensive use of the kitchen due to convenient supermarket just two blocks away. Look forward to returning someday!"
"Could not have been more pleased with the beautiful apartment with spectacular view of the Arno with the Ponte Vecchio on the left and beautiful Florence in front. The Italian hosts were helpful, warm and welcoming. We would definitely stay again. The location is great close enough to everything, yet far enough for quiet."
"After staying in Florence as a couple or solo a few times, it was time to find a 'family' apartment for a summer vacation. AC and American amenities were desired for two young adult sons and husband comfort. The apartment suited our needs perfectly. The apartment was cool during a very hot, humid stretch of weather. After traveling for weeks and eating out, it was nice to fix some meals in the well equipped kitchen and do some laundry. The location was great. It was super easy to get to all our favorite places in Florence, and discover new ones. Street level next door is a gelato place and a fab restaurant nearby Bar Golden View is very good. Overall, everything was very nice."