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"We stayed as a family of 5 with 2 adults and 3 children aged 6, 7 &14 in Jan 2015. The apartment was very spacious - especially for Europe - and very comfortable. The master bedroom and bathroom was separated from the rest of the apartment by a small walk through wardrobe, essentially making this a parents retreat. The beds are firm, but this seems to be normal for Europe. The 2 bathrooms are always a bonus and the washer / dryer instructions easy to read and use. The kitchen is full size and well equipt with a separate dining area within, as well as another dining table in the large lounge area. One of the lounges converted to a bed, but we chose to use the 3 single beds in the second bedroom so I'm not sure how comfortable this would be to sleep on. We found all the main sights were in walking distance (with a 6 year old) and there are so many restaurants right outside the door we were not able to try them all! There is a grocery store a short walk away too. We also used Italy Perfects recommendations for a driver to pick us up and also for a tour guide. I would highly recommend them both - Rocco for the transfers and Cristina as a tour guide. She got us into places you wouldn't be able to go if you just went by yourself, and she also gave the 2 smaller children work books to help keep them engaged. Giuseppe speaks excellent English and was very helpful - giving us a thorough run down of how everything works. there is also a good information pack in the apartment along with maps and guide books. The heaters worked very well and we would definitely stay here again. The only negative was there seems to be a hospital nearby and we could hear sirens quite regularly, but in saying that you could hear them all day in the centre of Rome no matter where you were. We have used Paris Perfect a number of times before and they have not disappointed here with their Rome accommodation. 9/10!"
"Nicely appointment apartment in an ideal part of town. Great location, next to all of the attractions, train station, and importantly for us, local fare, a salumeria, fornaio and produce and fruit purveyor. Bedroom has a soundproof door which is need given the central location. Miki and Franco are wonderful, treating us like long time friends. Would definitely recommend."
Jill and Guy
"We are now back from our trip to Italy and wanted to thank you for making our stay so memorable! We had a fantastic time in Florence. We will definitely recommend ItalyPerfect to all of our friends and hope to return to take advantage of your great hospitality in the future! Please convey our sincere thanks to Maurizio. He made us feel so welcome and his recommendations for restaurants and other activities were superb. It was delightful to meet him. He is a true asset to your firm. Again many thanks for making our Florentine experience great."
"Serenata in Venice was great, clean, the greeter was waiting for me when we got there and explained everything. In short, it was perfect."
"The accommodation was modern and very clean. Ensuite bathroom to the main bedroom a little small but overall it was a comfortable apartment. Location was central and easy walking distance to the Spanish Steps and the train.
Our greeter Rosie was friendly and willing to meet us earlier than we had previously arranged giving us tips on nearby supermarkets and other amenities."
"My wife and I stayed at the Solare apartment for 19 days in October 2011. Overall, we could not have been more pleased. The apartment was meticulously maintained and the owner was a cordial, delightful and accomodating host. She thought of everything including maps, a looseleaf binder explaining the operation of each applicance (first rate stove, washer, dishwasher), restaurant tips, and hours of area attractions. Although we did not need to call her, we felt that if it were necessary, Chiara would have been on site within minutes.
For us, the location was ideal. We intended to do quite a bit of cooking while in Florence and the proximity of the wondereful central market (5 minute walk) was a big plus. We also chose Solare because of its location near (but not too near) to the S.M.N. (main) train station and the inter-city bus depot (about 10-15 minute walk). We used Solare and Florence as a "home base" from which to take 2-day trips to other Tuscan and Umbrian cities (like Assisi and Siena) as well as day trips to places like Lucca and San Gimignano. It was no problem to pull a small overnighter from apartment to station.
All of the sites and neighborhoods of Florence were within 20 minutes or less walk from Solare. Be sure to visit DaVino, the "vino sfuso" shop around the corner on the way to the market. Bring (or buy there) an empty liter bottle and they will fill it with your choice of 7-8 delicious Chianti regional wines for 3-4 euros per liter. The wine is delivered in bulk direct from the vineyards. And the owner is absolutely charming!
That said, a few words of caution. If you have any heart, breathing, or physical health problems, the 4th floor location (without elevator) WILL be a problem for you, and a major one depending on how severe your condition. The steps were steep and hauling our large suitcases up at the beginning of our stay was a physical challenge. The street on which Solare is located is well trafficked and in the late evenings, especially towards the weekends, the students (the university is nearby) can be noisy and somewhat rowdy (nothing serious, but a light sleeper beware). It did not bother us but it might bother some. The building corridors are dimly lit and somewhat dingy (although the aprtment is bright, cheerful, and totally charming) so just be prepared to ignore this (Chiara provides a flashlight on the keychain because it is next to impossible to get up the steps before the timer shuts off the hall lights; this is a building issue and not the fault of Chiara).
In short, there are more luxurious apartments (and more expensive!) and neighborhoods that might for some be a bit more attractive (we liked the feel of the Oltrano side of the Arno and San Niccolo neighborhood) but the combination of the nearby market and station as well as the overall central location made this a perfect choice for us and for someone who plans to use Florence as a hub for daytrip or overnight exploring of Tuscany."
"I just wanted to follow up and tell you what an amazing visit we had in Florence and how much we enjoyed staying in the Strozzi apartment. Miki and Franco were wonderful and helpful hosts. What a beautiful apartment and what an amazing location! It couldn't have been better. It was also a very nice convenience to have the washing machine. The bed was so comfortable and the pillows were probably the best away from home I have ever slept on. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that we loved it and were not ready to leave! When we return to Florence, we will be in touch! Thanks so much. I just wanted to follow up and tell you what an amazing visit we had in Florence and how much we enjoyed staying in the Strozzi apartment. Miki and Franco were wonderful and helpful hosts. What a beautiful apartment and what an amazing location! It couldn't have been better. It was also a very nice convenience to have the washing machine. The bed was so comfortable and the pillows were probably the best away from home I have ever slept on. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that we loved it and were not ready to leave! When we return to Florence, we will be in touch! Thanks so much."
Nancy and Larry Hughes
"We had a great time in Italy. We loved Tuscany. Casa San Vito was wonderful. The various family members there were friendly and helpful. It couldn't have been better -- well, maybe, if it hadn't rained so much. But that didn't slow us down. Our bottom line is that Claire and I would love to go back for another stay at San Vito. We cooked at home most nights and enjoyed living like the Italian families in the area. Thanks for setting this up for us. If you want to use us as a referral for someone to talk with about the Casa, we'd be glad to do that."
"I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed my stay. The Michaela is perfect for a single person, and Miki and Franco were delightful hosts. I loved the city and wish I could have stayed longer, and when I'm fortunate enough to return, I definitely will reserve the Michaela again. Thank you again for everything. If you need a reference for the apartment, please feel to use me. I loved it!"
"We just want to thank you for making our stay in Rome so wonderful.The apartment was great, roomy, clean and perfect for our family. We had some trouble with the air conditioning but our local contact was great at fixing it quickly. The apartment was a wonderful location. We could walk everywhere easily and always grab a cab at the piazza popolo. You need not worry that it is out of the way.We also highly recommend the outdoor air market around the corner to purchase bread, produce, fruits. We loved meeting the shop owners and had incredible breakfasts and lunches to pack. ItalyPerfect is also associated with great guides, drivers, etc. and we highly recommend leveraging their expertise. "
Family of 5
"Prisco apartment is very centrally located. It is close to many sites and a short walk to cross the Arno on the Santa Trinita bridge. We were able to walk everywhere. Because it is so centrally located it is in a very noisy busy area. The apartment has heavy windows and a double door system for the balcony. It keeps out most of the noise very well. The trade off is the windows and doors have to be kept shut for it to be quiet inside. The hosts are the owners and take great pride in their apartment. It is large, lovely and decorated with many personal touches. One of the owners actually grew up in the apartment when it included the entire second floor. Our orientation by the owners was very thorough but it was hard to remember everything. A notebook with diagrams about how to work such things as the oven, which is tricky, and the TV, etc would be helpful. We never could figure them out. We enjoyed our stay in Prisco and would recommend it if someone wanted to stay close to the action and didn't mind keeping the doors and windows closed all the time."
"Cassetta Bonsi was exactly as advertised. It was a lovely, charming home in a central location. The owner, Maurizio, was very accomodating and welcoming. He and his wife thought of everything a visitor to Florence would need. One thing I really appreciated were the household items one usually needs to purchase for a vacation rental - toilet paper, soap, kitchen products were already there. I would definitely recommend (and use for future visits) Cassetta Bonsi and Italy Perfect."
Kaki and Patrick W.
"We had wonderful time in Venice. My dream came true. The apartment was very nice. It was a pleasure to have a breakfast on the terrace. Paola is wonderful person and showed us everything we need. Even better, she took us to the groceries store. Venice was exactly what I expected and more. I will keep marvelous souvenirs."
"My family and I stayed at the Sabini apartment over the Easter Holiday. It was wonderful. The apartment was modern, sparkling clean and had everything you would need. There were also helpful suggestions and instructions all written in english. It was in a great location -- we walked everywhere. It was also very close to the metro, which we used all the time. We got a weekly pass for the metro and it worked out great. The street had some action, but as soon as you closed the windows in the living room, it was extremely quiet. There was a nice grocery store around the corner, as well as a terrific place to get cappuccino,espresso,and snacks on the next street called "Trinita Bar". They were so nice there and remembered us and what we ordered from the first time we went in -- it's right near the Trinita Church. Pat Byrnes from Italy Perfect recommended a driver, and Stefano was right there when we got off the plane with my name. When he took us back to the airport, he was punctual. Also, our greeter was waiting for us outside the apartment when we arrived and she showed us everything in the apartment. She was wonderful. Also, the rental company we used -- Italy Perfect -- was very professional. Pat Byrnes was very efficient and helpful. You should feel very comfortable renting from this company. I couldn't have had a better time in Rome. We will definitely stay at the Sabini apartment again if I am ever lucky enough to go back to Rome."
"My husband and I stayed in the Solare apartment for 5 nights in September. It was perfect.The owner keeps the place immaculate and well equipped. It is the only time we have stayed in a vacation rental that the owners photos actually don't convey how great the apartment is decorated and the space used. You feel like a resident of the city but as a visitor it is a great location for walking to museums,and all historical points of interest in the city center.Neighborhood markets, restaurants, bakeries all within a block or two yet the Solare offers privacy (4th floor)and comfort. The owner is terrific and very helpful."
"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."
"We can't wait to return to Casa San Vito. We loved the location, views and everything worked out ideally for us."
"I wanted to write and thank you, and Miki and Franco, for my stay in Firenze. I had a glorious time. My daughter Caitlin and I wandered to the Italian Riviera and all around Tuscany, and had an absolutely memorable experience. It was so nice to return at the end of the day to "my" place on Via della Spada. The apartment was perfect for my needs and the location, well, perfect. I must tell you, during the end of my stay I was alone for the day as my daughter was attending class. I wandered to Fiesole and found myself having lunch at a wonderful restaurant recommended by Miki. An American couple sat down at the same restaurant a short time later and we began a conversation. It was revealed that we were both visiting our respective children and the conversation moved on to where we were staying. We both began to report on the wonderful apartments we had in a great location in Firenze and then ultimately realized we're staying a few doors apart [at the Prisco apartment] and we both booked through Italy Perfect. Maggie and her husband Bob were delightful people and we all laughed about how "small" the world has indeed become. Thanks again Lisa; this will be a memory that both my daughter and I will cherish."
"The Flaminio apartment was very nice for our family of 4. Our greeter was there as agreed upon and we were very fortunate that it worked out to get into the apartment by about 12:30 or 1 pm.It was nice to have the 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and the air conditioning worked very well. We did not use the kitchen much - but it was nice to have the refrigerator to store drinks and snacks.It was too hot while we were there to be on the terrace, but nice to have the outdoor space if we would have been able to use it. The area of the apartment is quite residential and not a tourist area at all. Pros - it is quieter, Cons - it is a bit further of a walk from the main sights and not many cafe's or grocery stores close by. Our favorite place for breakfast was FlamBar which was about a 5 block walk away. Located on Via Flaminia, 67/69 the service was great, very friendly - great cappuccinos and morning pastry. Since we were there in August perhaps some the cafes that might normally be open were closed for holiday. Overall it was a very nice stay! [Thank you so much. The thing about August is that many shops in the more residential areas are closed, but a 5 minute walk from here, across Piazza del Popolo avails you of many restaurants and shops. In cooler weather I'm sure you would find the short walk to famous sights more bearable. The Italy Perfect Team]"
Family of 4
"This apartment was perfect for our family of four.The facilities in the apartment were clean, comfortable and attractive. We felt at home immediately. Our two daughters - 10 and 12 years old - loved their beds under the cupboards. Our greeter was gracious and helpful. The highlight, however, was stepping out into Piazza Navona less than 50m from your front door leaving you in a perfect position to explore historical Rome by foot.It was everything we could have wanted in terms of facilities and location. [Thank you so much, Emma. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]"