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"My 2 adult daughters and I enjoyed 5 wonderful days in the Solare apartment. It was a 4-flight walk up...but not a big deal. The steps were not difficult. Just don't forget anything in the apartment! The location was perfect: just a couple of blocks to the Academia Gallery and a couple of blocks to the Duomo and the market centrale. It's a short walk from the train station, Santa Maria Novella. In fact, once you learn the streets, you will realize that you can walk everywhere. Chiara (owner) was in the apartment on time and went over every detail with us. She was lovely...she gave us a gift basket with pasta, sauce, cheese, biscotti and wine! We had our first night's meal in the apartment. She gave us detergent for the washing machine. The WIFI was perfect...had absoultely no problems. She even left us a cell phone in case we needed to contact her. The murphy bed in the living room was very comfortable, as was the bed in the master bedroom. Chiara has a journal in the wall unit of the living room where everyone can write comments. The restaurant recommended by all was a place called ZaZa's which is located behind the mercato centrale. Go there! The food is fantastic, portions are large and the prices are reasonable. Across the way is a great gelato place...they make their own. Definitely go to the mercato centrale and buy fresh pasta, vegetables, etc. Cook in your apartment and taste the fantastic flavor of fresh food! We took a side trip to Siena and San Gimignano. Siena was great: wine tour, tuscan pizza, tour of the church (with a tour guide). San Gimignano was a tourist trap. Pretty shops, nothing else. Oh yes! We took a cooking course in Florence. That was fantastic. They give you the recipes and we made them for Father's Day dinner. The name of the company was La Tavola and we booked it through Viator. Wish we could have taken more courses. Have a great trip and enjoy the apartment! Gloria, Jackie & Christine"
"The apartment was the best place we stayed on our entire trip. It was lovely. Thanks for all your assistance in making this a very memorable trip."
"I just had to drop you a note to THANK YOU for the marvellous villa. It was everything that I had imagined and even more. The weather was superb for the week and we enjoyed more than one glass of wine on the patio. Francesco was very helpful and accommodating but we really didn't see much of him or his family. We enjoyed our time in Florence - the bus was fantastic from Bottai - and we loved just exploring the area around San Casciano. Our time in Italy was just fantastic and finishing off our time at the Villa just seemed to be the icing on the cake. I have no words to express our appreciation for having such a welcoming and comforting home base! Who knows, our travels may take us to that area again. Thank you again, Lisa, for all of your assistance, your references and your answers to my many endless questions. I just had to drop you a note to THANK YOU for the marvellous villa. It was everything that I had imagined and even more. The weather was superb for the week and we enjoyed more than one glass of wine on the patio. Francesco was very helpful and accommodating but we really didn't see much of him or his family [Owners live off premises, good for guest privacy. Lisa Italy Perfect]. We enjoyed our time in Florence - the bus was fantastic from Bottai - and we loved just exploring the area around San Casciano. Our time in Italy was just fantastic and finishing off our time at the Villa just seemed to be the icing on the cake. I have no words to express our appreciation for having such a welcoming and comforting home base! Who knows, our travels may take us to that area again. Thank you again, Lisa, for all of your assistance, your references and your answers to my many endless questions."
"I was only in Florence 4 days visiting friends but I found the overall experience at the Michaela very good. The hosts were excellent, very helpful and willing to do anything needed. I was very familiar with the area and highly recommend the coffee across the street at Cafe Giacosa - the best cappucino in the world I am sure! Being right in the centre of the best shopping area I thought the apartment would be noisy but it was not.The only problem I expereinced was the lack of screens on the window. It was October and I did not turn on the air-conditioning, didn't realize there were mosquitos - so I had lots of bites.Very safe even when I returned late at night.Highly recommend the place and the company."
"Of the 3 homes we rented in during our 3 week love affair with Italy this home stood above all others. Our greeter was professional and made sure we were well acquainted with the home and surrounding neighborhoods. The location could not have been better. We especially enjoyed the balcony in the evenings with a lovely glass of wine. If we will not hesitate to stay here again and recommend it to our friends. Excellent value. [Thank you so much for your kind review! The Italy Perfect Team]"
"The Pasquino Property was everything advertised and then some. My family of 5 felt completely comfortable, like a home away from home. We could leave the apartment and walk anywhere in Rome. Piazza Novona being in our backyard. Even better all financial transactions we're completed in U.S. Dollars and well ahead of our arrival. This is unlike some rentals that want a wad of local currency in hand when you arrive. Lisa answered all of our questions before we arrived, and our greeter answered all local questions. Stephano Car was a great service, grabbed our bags and took us right from the airport to our apartment, and was waiting outside the door when we left for home. I highly recommend Italy Perfect to anyone."
"With my wife we spent wonderful time here, Firenze. As Italian Perfect offered us a cozy room with well equipment, so we could enjoyed our time comfortably.There are a lot of kitchen accessories and many kinds of glasses, so we enjoyed home-made dinners and Italian wines when I wanted Japanese foods. My wife enjoyed church bells in mornings and flute sounds that a player gave a performance in building corners in quite nights. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Italy Perfect and supporters for our staying in Firenze. And, of course, we will recommend Italy Perfect apartment and good management to our friends. Best regards,Masako & Mike"
Masako & Mike Machida
"The accommodation was just as we hoped - we couldn't fault it. Casetta Bonsi is ideally placed - very close to the Ponte Vecchio yet far enough away to enjoy peace and quiet. Not too much of a walk up the steepish road behind Casetta Bonsi are the Bardini Gardens which enjoy a beautiful view over Florence. As we stayed in Florence for almost two weeks we found the "Friends of the Uffizi" pass worked well. It allowed us to visit the Uffizi as many times as we wished. Entrance for "Friends" is through Door 2 and on the occasions we visited we went quickly through. Door 2 also leads to the "Friends" Office where the passes can be purchased. The pass also gives free access to the Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Bardini gardens, the Accademia and a number of other galleries. The Café "O" opposite the Sapori supermarket serves delicious coffee, sandwiches and cannolis. The price is not expensive unless you sit at the tables by the windows looking onto the Arno. Since arriving home we have recommended Casetta Bonsi and Italy Perfect to our friends."
Pam and John Armstrong
"Our trip to Italy was the fulfilment of a dream. We were celebrating two retirements after more than 80 combined years of working, and also our fortieth wedding anniversary. We'd been to Venice several times over the years and always said, "Wouldn't it be nice to just stay a bit longer..."We found Serenata online, and booked it for over three weeks. What can I say? The place is wonderful. A moment's walk from San Marco. From the secure entrance, up the miniscule elevator...to our lovely apartment. Spotless, spacious and comfortable. Lots of windows with shutters. Everything has been thought of. We made every dinner and every breakfast,and most lunches in the thoughtfully-designed kitchen. We had everything we needed, and the kitchen is easy to keep clean. The bathroom is large and bright with room to store toiletries, two sinks, an excellent shower and a window with translucent glass. The bedroom is small, the bed comfortable, and there is closet space. There's a washer downstairs in a locked area.There is a comfortable living room with flat screen tv , also a dining area for all meals. There's also a storage area off the bedroom and it's spotless too: no bugs, no ants, no creatures other than the two of us, (other than those tiny, wicked Venetian mosquitoes) .
I have left the altana to the end of my review. This terrace was wonderful. We sat here and watched the tourists and the gondolas, we rested and read, we sipped wine... The altana is well-built, covered for a bit of sun protection, and has lovely flowers and a lemon tree. There's a sturdy table and four chairs, and a view of the dome. And the bells.......ahhhhhhhhh.
Paola was awesome. She was willing to leave us alone but at the same time she was willing to assist with anything we needed. She checked in frequently. When 'high tide' happened, and other tourists were stuck with ruined shoes and drenched socks, there we were in our gumboots provided for just such an occasion. (Other tourists expressed their envy). There's a beautiful big umbrella too. I refused to leave it in the umbrella receptacle in one museum one rainy day because I was afraid it would be stolen. No one argued.
There's a decent grocery store a couple of minutes away, and a better store on the Strada Nuova, between Rialto and the train station. There's an ATM half a block from the apartment.
Thanks, italyperfectThanks, Paola. Thanks, Venice. We can hardly wait to return."
Kit and Dal
"Our accommodations were wonderful. Very clean and updated decor. The kitchen was completely furnished and the appliances were new. This particular apartment was on the top floor (66 steps) with no elevator. It's doable but not if you can't do stairs. I highly recommend this apartment."
"We obviously like this location because it is the second time we have rented here. Miki and Franco are very accommodating, friendly and helpful. I strongly suggest the visitor brush up on their Italian because it is helpful when meeting Miki and Franco and helpful in general. The apartment was very clean and cute and the location is central to most of the major attractions. Although it is very close to the train station, you would not know it because the surrounding area is very upscale with the convenience of restaurants, food stores and shops nearby. I would strongly recommend this apartment and Italy Perfect. One more thing I will mention is that while we like to think that we are immersing ourselves in the Italian culture by renting an apartment, the reality is that it is easier dealing with an American related agency and Lisa Byrne is very professional with great follow through on requests and information."
"We just got back from Italy. We were very happy with our accommodations in Rome and in Tuscany. At Casa San Vito we enjoyed meeting Francesco and his family. The house was perfect and of course we loved Tuscany. I have told numerous people about your website and recommended accommodations. Hopefully we can do it again sometime perhaps in Paris."
"I just returned from 11 wonderful nights in Firenze, Italy. I decided on this trip to rent an apartment due to the length of my stay and chose to rent the Michaela, a studio apartment from ItalyPerfect.com. Lisa was so very helpful and professional throughout the planning stages and answered all my questions which were so much appreciated.
The apartment is perfectly located in the fashion shopping district (which for me was not a good thing, but I kept my promise not to splurge and I didn’t) close to Via Tornabuoni, is about a ten minute walk to and from the Santa Maria Novella (SMN) train station and it's on a bus route as well and you can walk to all the major sites that Firenze has to offer. The apartment itself suited my needs perfectly as I was traveling solo. The apartment is fairly quiet for it being in a very busy thoroughfare. The apartment is very attractive, had a lovely welcoming basket of wine, chocolate, etc., the room was a good-size, very comfortable and it had everything I wanted with a modern bathroom. And if you’re wondering, the apartment building has an elevator, so no need to struggle with your luggage up the stairs. You can keep in touch with family and friends or get caught up on the latest headline news with easy access to the internet with the computer work station just outside your door.
As Firenze happens to be my favorite destination in Italy I’m already thinking and planning my next trip to Italy and will definitely book my stay with italyperfect.com for all my future accommodations throughout Europe and especially Firenze and will definitely recommend using them to one an all. "
"We had a lovely time staying at the Flaminio apartment October 23-29. Gianluca was most cordial and accommodating in all our needs. Being near the Flaminio Metro station was an added bonus. The WiFi in the apartment was the best signal we could get in our entire stay which was great."
"The Pasquino apartment, near Piazza Navona, is a beautifully furnished apartment with plenty of space that is very well kept. But its main advantage is its spectacular location, such that all of the major sites in Rome are within walking distance, while the apartment itself is very quiet. Given that much of the interesting activity in Rome happens fairly late in the evening by our standards, it was nice to go straight from being at the heart of activity to bed in only a few minutes. Baffetto Pizzeria, nearby, is excellent for very reasonable quality pizza (better than some of the other local tourist traps) but always has a queue - suggest turning up at opening time. The gelateria opposite it (Frigidarium) was the best we found in Rome, but it appears that others have found it too as it also often has queues. I strolled each morning to Il Fornaio (the bakery just on the other side of the main road) to pick up pastries for breakfast, and by the third visit they were recognising me and treating me as a regular, which is always nice. The presence of a nespresso machine in the apartment was greatly appreciated. Finally, there was some necessary building maintenance done during the period we stayed, but Italy Perfect kept in touch with us about what was going on and worked hard to make sure we weren't put out by this. Overall, strong recommend. "
"This was truly a lovely apartment. We have been to Florence many times and this was one of the best. Everything was so well thought out for the guest. The owners were more than gracious and helped us with anything we required. I would recommend the added gift basket for your arrival. It contains coffee, milk, OJ, bread, wine and all the food essentials you need so that you don't have to grocery shop on the day you arrive.There was plenty of closet and storage space. It is our favorite location. We never needed a taxi to get around. All our favorite restaurants were nearby. We plan to use this rental again whenever we return. It is our little "home away from home". "
"I am very happy that a friend recommended VRBO and then Italy Perfect to find accommodations for our trip to Firenze (Florence). We traveled there to see our daughter who is studying at Kent State University's Florence campus. Lisa from Italy Perfect was awesome to work with as we had lots of questions and she answered them all and helped us find the Casetta Bonsi. When we arrived at the Casetta, the owner Maurizio was there to greet us and give the tour and explain everything about our house to us. He was also very informative about the area. The Casetta was in a great location on the less busy south side of the Arno River a couple blocks from the Ponte Vecchio. There were lots of things to do and places to eat on our side of the river and everything we wanted to see was in close walking distance. Our house was very comfortable and much nicer and roomier than a hotel would have been. We highly recommend Italy Perfect and the Casetta Bonsi."
"My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by this property. It was even nicer than it appeared in the photos. Everything went off without a hitch. The greeter, Paola, was waiting for us, explained everything well and gave us a nice tour of the neighborhood. The location was great. We ate dinner on the terrace every night after the first. Everything was wonderful. The owners were very attentive and helpful. We couldn't ask for more. It was Italy perfect!"
"Centrally located, this charming two bedroom apartment exceeded our expectations by far. Traveling overseas with two children ages 5 and 8 is not always easy and this spacious apartment provided us with everything we could possibly need. Apartment Sabini, is located just minutes away from the Spanish Steps, upscale shops, taxi cab stand, two supermarkets, and many wonderful restaurants making our stay a memorable one. Additionally, we were able to sleep comfortably during the hot summer heat wave with the air condition. Lastly, Pat Byrne, owner of Italy Perfect, provided us with incredibly detailed information on Rome -- restaurants, shops, sights, etc. She served as our personal concierg -- she isincredibly detail oriented and responded to all my inquiries in a very timely manner. We will certainly choose to stay in apartment Sabini and use Italy Perfect again for future visits!!!"
"I enjoyed a week in Florence and loved the apartment's location. I was able to to get to delicious food, fantastic art and awesome shopping. What else could you want? The bed was very comfortable and there was plenty of room for the two of us. The bathroom has a step so be careful! The hostess was VERY helpful she was available when needed for questions. The treats that were left for us was very special. The chocolates were divine."
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Strozzi apartment in Florence. The owners were very kind and patient. We really appreciated them taking the time to show us how to use the appliances, open and lock the windows, doors etc. The location was fantastic for several reasons. We were very close to the train station, excellent restaurants and key attractions. We really appreciated that our apartment was on the inside of the building as this made it quiet. My only concern was the kitchen facilities. There was no real kitchen area. The fridge was located in a different area. The stove top, microwave and sink were located in a dining room cabinet. The stove top elements did not work efficiently and consequently we could not use them.
We appreciated the detailed information that Italy Perfect provided us with. It was great to have not only information about Italy but also our specific apt. and neighborhood. One small note is that the David's tea place has relocated to another street in the area. It is fabulous by the way! We would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to friends and have already done so."
Sharon and Mark