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"We enjoyed Casa San Vito very much. The house is very comfortable and there were only a few very minor issues to dealt with (the halogen ceiling track lights are too hot for the dimmer and circuitry to handle so they sometimes burned out or went off and on. Francesco, the owner's very helpful son, tried to remedy this problem but the lighting issue has to be retooled to be effective.) The views were unbelievably beautiful. We found this house very comfortable for 4 people and there was even a small extra bedroom for one or two more guests (perhaps children.) All the furniture is fine, not fancy but very adequate. The kitchen was well enough equipped for simple meals.The bed linens were very pleasant(changed weekly)and the bathrooms are more than adequate. The house was spotless. Here are the things to be aware of: The road to the cottage is dirt and rocks so be careful with a low standing vehicle. Your undercarriage will be hit.Often. You need to be prepared to drive quite a ways to the Co-op[grocery store] in San Casciano or Tavernelle. But you will find them to be outstanding supermarkets. We loved the mini mart in nearby La Romita which met many immediate needs. Driving in Tuscany can be hair raising and their poor road signs added to our sometime frustration. A GPS is very helpful. But if you like hair pin turns on mountain roads with gorgeous views you will be in heaven. Italy Perfect was fine to deal with although they really did not give any written instructions about using the television when we wanted occasionally to get the English language news. This would be easy to amend if they chose to improve that services. There are bees and gnats on the patio bring insect repellent. Now that I have listed the problems, let me say that the cheerfulness of the owners made up for some of these deficiencies. They were a wonderful family whom we thoroughly enjoyed. We enjoyed Casa San Vito very much. The house is very comfortable and there were only a few very minor issues to dealt with (the halogen ceiling track lights are too hot for the dimmer and circuitry to handle so they sometimes burned out or went off and on. Francesco, the owner's very helpful son, tried to remedy this problem but the lighting issue has to be retooled to be effective.) The views were unbelievably beautiful. We found this house very comfortable for 4 people and there was even a small extra bedroom for one or two more guests (perhaps children.) All the furniture is fine, not fancy but very adequate. The kitchen was well enough equipped for simple meals.The bed linens were very pleasant(changed weekly)and the bathrooms are more than adequate. The house was spotless. Here are the things to be aware of: The road to the cottage is dirt and rocks so be careful with a low standing vehicle. Your undercarriage will be hit. Often. You need to be prepared to drive quite a ways to the Co-op [grocery store] in San Casciano or Tavernelle. But you will find them to be outstanding supermarkets. We loved the mini mart in nearby La Romita which met many immediate needs. Driving in Tuscany can be hair raising and their poor road signs added to our sometime frustration. A GPS is very helpful. But if you like hair pin turns on mountain roads with gorgeous views you will be in heaven. Italy Perfect was fine to deal with although they really did not give any written instructions about using the television when we wanted occasionally to get the English language news. This would be easy to amend if they chose to improve that services. [Thank you for that useful suggestion, we will ask the owner to provide written instructions. Lisa, Italy Perfect] There are bees and gnats on the patio bring insect repellent. Now that I have listed the problems, let me say that the cheerfulness of the owners made up for some of these deficiencies. They were a wonderful family whom we thoroughly enjoyed."
Alexandra Vozick Hans
"We had a lovely stay at Casa San Vito. The location proved to be very convenient to Florence, the Chianti region and Sienna. We did a fair amount of cooking at the house, and the kitchen was more than edequate, with plenty of space, cooking utensils and dishes available. The outdoor table and chairs were the perfect setting to enojoy our feasts with wine we had aquired on our daily visits to the surrounding area. One of our favorite activities was a cooking school in Florence and visiting all the various small towns and vineyards in Chianti. Although it was very warm in Italy the week we were there, the temperature at the house was considerably cooler with it's hill top location and breeze. Fans were provided for our bedrooms. Overall, we had a great week and very good experience with Italy Perfect and Casa San Vito. We would definitely use this service again."
"The apartment was the perfect Rome accomodation for our family of six. Plenty of space for all of us and yet it gave us a chance to come together that we couldn't get in a hotel. Great "walk to everything" location. And the landlady, is wonderful."
"We enjoyed this house. It feels like out-of-nowhere, but very conveniently located between Firenze and Siena. The host was very friendly and the unit was very spacious and clean.Highly recommend for someone who would like to enjoy the country-side of Tuscany."
"The Strozzi apartment in Florence was a real highlight of our month-long trip through Europe. The location was perfect, right in the middle of everything. It was a short walk from the train station. But it was also a short walk to everything else in Florence. I was initially concerned that it would be noisy based on the location. But the windows open to the back of the building and it proved to the be the most comfortable and quietest of all our accomodations. In addition to a large bed in the master bedroom, there are two twin beds as part of the fold out sofa for our two children. The kitchen is a little unusual because there is a small stove and sink in a cabinet in the living room and the refrigerator is in the walk-in closet between the master bedroom and bathroom. But we ate most of our meals out and it worked well for the few meals we had at the apartment. Part of the apartment's comfort was the well functioning air conditioning. It worked quiet and effective. I would highly recommend the Strozzi apartment to anyone visiting Florence and I hope we can return soon. Brian Goncher PS we made a great search of the best gelato in Florence. There are lot of great shops to choose from, but we found Perche No! to have the best overall gelato. Have fun with your own search."
"The Torella apartment was amazing. It was on the top floor of a building along the arno River, facing the Uffizi Gallery. Every window in the bedroom had a wonderful view of the city. The apartment’s location was an easy starting point to walk to any location in central Florence. Every day for two weeks, we walked across Ponte Vecchio to begin our journeys into the city. The Uffizi was only 5 minutes away by foot. There was a great grocery store around the corner from us. They seemed to have fresh bread almost every hour. The apartment’s kitchen met all our needs, including the multiple coffee makers. Our favorite was the Italian coffee maker. We ended up buying two for back home. The apartment was perfect for us. It was always very quiet. The aC was a blessing for our two weeks in July. It was like diving into a swimming pool after being in town for the day. The washer worked perfectly. There were more than 8 settings that determined how long you wanted the wash cycle to last. For drying, there were at least 30 hangers to use, which were easy to use on the balcony. The TV had cable television with European and american stations. The internet connection worked very fast. The building’s doorman was very nice. Overall, a great experience. We were only a few buildings away from where they filmed room with a view!"
"Visiting Tuscany is always a great pleasure but having the opportunity to live in an original farmhouse such as Casa San Vito for a week made the trip to this region truly memorable. The house was charming because it was so well kept, spotless and filled with family heirlooms. One could sense immediately the pride that Francesco, Franca and Julio took in this home. Everything possible was done to make us comfortable and it was marvelous to have so much space. Our trip was enhanced by the personal touches such as gifts of wine from the family winery. The grapes were growing just outside our windows, so we knew exactly where the wine came from! Casa San Vito is central to the Chianti Road, Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano and Florence. We had a wonderful time exploring the neighbourhood as well as the countryside and were rewarded with magnificent views of this amazing country. The views for the framhouse were breathtaking. Franca and Francesco were always willing to give directions and advice on where to go and what to see. Their recommendations provided us with opportunities to see and do things we would not have done on our own. We were fortunate to dine at La Tenda Rossa in Cerbaia and the food was extraordinary. A trip to Radda in Chianti and the town of San Casciano is well worth the time. July is very hot in Italy, but despite the heat, Casa San Vito remained very cool and the large windows which provided a cross draft helped to keep us cool! I would recommend Casa San Vito to anyone who wishes to see Tuscany in a very different way; like a local instead of a tourist. I hope to return again in the near future. An amazing holiday!"
"The Torella apartment was fantastic. The location and views from the bedroom and terrace are more spectacular than the pictures indicate. The air conditioning in the bedroom and the living room work well, even on the hottest days of July. You'll need to be in shape to go up and down the stairs, but it is well worth it. The hosts were very welcoming, provided information on the area and even bottles of water, wine and soda. We only have two minor criticisms of the apartment: The couch isn't the most comfortable and the washing machine doesn't work too well. It stained some of our clothes and took hours and hours to complete a load of laundry - althought we readily admit it could have been user error. Overall we loved the apartment, would rent it again and will use Italy Perfect again on our next trip abroad."
"We had a FABULOUS time in Florence (despite the 95 degree heat.....yikes!) and we loved the Strozzi apartment itself as well as the location! Miki and her husband were very nice people and we enjoyed meeting them. We will be sure to spread the word about Italy Perfect and the Strozzi apartment. We loved this place! The location was fabulous, very close/within walking distance to shopping, great restaurants, tourist attractions. The king size bed was quite comfortable. During our visit Florence was in the middle of a heatwave, but we were very comfortable in the air-conditioning of this apartment. We ate at restaurants during our visit, but one could easily make small, basic meals in the kitchenette. Quiet/convenient location. Small but dependable elevator. Would not recommend this place if you're traveling with children."
"It is a lovely apartment. The photos, if anything, don't do it justice. The location simply could not be better. Close to everything."
"fabulous- elegant -great location-lovely host-could have stayed allspring. thank you so much Pat!"
linda sonny joey nancy
"We had a magical time in the Renata. Our host was both warm and extremely thoughtful. We enjoyed her company immensely. All the pictures of the home were accurate and the home was stunning! The help given through the Italy Perfect made for a wonderful time and was extremely thoughtful. Loved our driver Stefano, our host and the breathtaking beauty of Rome. We will go back and stay at the Renata in a heart beat. The location and the wonderful people make a trip. Try Nano's for great food; in walking distance and fabulous. Thank you so very much for making this happen for our family, Pat and Lisa. In gratitude, David and Hope"
Hope and David Kracht-Maulbetsch
"Fabulous apartment for a family, comfortable and very clean. The location was excellent with a great surrounding area and walkable access to most other areas of interest. Taxi stand very close by too. Loved Nino's and other restaurants in the immediate area, the owner of the apartment and the information provided by Italy Perfect was most helpful for finding restaurants. The owner of the apartment was very helpful but not intrusive and it was nice knowing she was upstairs if we needed anything - which we did not. The apartment was very, very nice."
"Casa Rossa was amazing! The views off the terrace were breathtaking. It was really nice having a home base in the most beautiful part of Tuscany to go home to every night. I highly recommend a GPS, program the address prior to arriving for places like supermarket, gas, tourism spots, etc. Also, make sure you stop by the restaurants in San Casciano. By far the best food we ate was there."
"We stayed in this apartment for six nights at the end of a fourteen night stay throughout Italy. As we were staying in hotels the freedom of the apartment was most welcome. The location within a short walking distance from the main railway station was beneficial as it allowed the opportunity to journey beyond Florence on short day excursions. The location was very convenient to most of the main city attractions and to restaurants and shopping which are just at your doorstep. The service provided on our arrival was both welcoming and informative. The free and unlimited access to the internet was without doubt a bonus. If we had any complaints it was with the cooking facilities and whilst we were warned about this on reading previous comments, we were disappointed that the facility was so limited as one of the reasons for selecting an apartment was to have the facility of eating in on occasions however this would not put us off recommending this property to others. All in all a very relaxing and enjoyable end to our holiday."
"We found our accomodation in Florence to be of the highest standard. We were met by the oner who was charming and very helpful and surprised us by leaving lots of lovely goodies which we were certainly not expecting. We loved the fact that, being on the top floor we had lovely views over the rooftops to the Tuscan hills. Bear in mind that this is a typical Italian apartment and there is no lift, we are in our mid sixties and pretty fit but if you struggle with stairs then this apartment would not be for you! We liked the location, we were on minutes from the central market where we went to meet up with the locals and to buy some beautiful homemade Italian ready meals. There were also some very good eating places in the market area. We used local transport and the SITA buses to travel around and found it all very easy,most people spoke English and were very eager to help you. We thought the service from Italy Perfect was fantastic, whenever I e-mailed Lisa with a query she would get back to me very quickly with good advice. All in all our holiday was fantastic and we would whole heartedly recommend Italy Perfect."
two canny geordies
"I was in Florence for a week by myself and Michaela was perfect for me. I know Florence very well and the location is within walking distance of everything and very close to the main tourist sites. The apartment itself is very quiet and private, the bathroom is clean and modern, free computer access and printing is available, and Miki and Franco couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. I would definitely return to Michaela if I were in Florence again by myself."
"Villa Mare was the perfect place for my family of 6. I was so happy we stayed in peaceful MassaLubrense instead of busy Sorrento. It was still close enough to Sorrento if we wanted to visit. The service was fantastic. The owners were very helpful. They were warm people who made us feel very much at home.I did not ever want to leave!!! The home itself was beautiful with wonderful views of the sea. There was a quaint harbor nearby with some very delightful restaurants.The kids loved the pool and the beach. Everything we needed was here. It was the perfect italian villa."
"This flat was in a great, easy to get to and centrally located location. There were five of us in our group, and we were accommodated well and comfortably. If only the weather had been a bit cooler, we would have really made use of the great patio! Gusto! is a great restaurant, only a few blocks away, and there is a grocery close by as well. Our arrival was well coordinated and we were welcomed and educated about the flat nicely in English. We greatly enjoyed our time in Rome!"
"We had 9 days in the Strozzi in May and this was a perfect place and location. 10mins walk from the train station and every major site in Firenze. Just above a bakery for fresh breakfast and surrounded by good restaurant choices. For those who can afford it also too close to Gucci, Fendi, Bulgari, LVT. Great apartment with enough room to spread out and make yourself at home. Wifi to keep yourelf connected and balconies to relax on. Franco and Miki met us when we arrived and that was the perfect start to our stay with some nice Santovino to welcome us. Thank you Lisa and Italy perfect for the great organisation and helpful information. Try this you can't go wrong."
Mike & Marie
"Laura checked us in. She was so kind to tell us where we could find a market. A map would have been really useful since we were tired from traveling all night, we couldn't remember what she had said. I loved the patio and the views from the bedroom. It was lovely to be away from all the street noise and confusion in the hotel areas and just relax. Of all the places we went in Italy, this was my favorite by far. The most fun we had was giving ourselves permission not to schedule anything; just get lost and explore. What a wonderful place to start our marriage. Thanks so much. We'll be back!"
Anthony & Sherri (Hartman) Boesen