This place was amazing. We were only able to use wifi on our phones in Italy. When we got a cab at the airport we got the cab driver to call Barbara, the owner of the apartment. She met us a the apartment and helped us get our bags upstairs. In most European countries the first floor is actually the 2nd floor. The staircase is a narrow spiraling stairway. When we got upstairs we were greeted with a stunning modern room with 2 beds that doubled as couches, a dinning table for 4 , a 37" tv with cable, and a view of a small courtyard. The kitchen was small but efficient, with a 2 burner stove, sink, microwave and small refrigerator. The bathroom had a great shower with a rain head and enough room for a party. You went through the shower to get to the washer. The bed room was a queen sized bed on a platform. Very comfortable. We were there for three weeks, so we had plenty of bedding and towels for our stay.
After showing us the place Barbara showed us the complimentary bottle of wine and how to use the facilities .She then went over some of the places to visit and some of the restaurants to choose. The SE-IO was one we were interested in so she made the reservations for us the following Friday. Another was Mama Ginas'. Both were within walking distance. There were also several Trattorias on the Arno that were great stops for lunch or appertifs. The local grocery store had a great selection of fresh pastas and cheeses, so we were able to cook several dinners at the apartment.
This is the first time I've ever had a landlord spend this much time with us, This apartment is on the working side of the Arno. From the front of the apartment you can see the Duomo, the Uffuzzi , Santa Croce, and many others. We walked to all of the tour starting areas.We also walked to the train station to take the train to Lucca and other towns. The best gelato is just down the street across from the Pitti Palace. The grocery store is also just down the street next to the Pointe Veccio. We were also just below the Bardini Gardens and Boboli Gardens. There were many cafe's for cappucinno, and many gelato stores close by. Florence is not a handicap friendly town. the streets and sidewalks are cobblestone and rutty. Traffic is frantic. BUT THIS A CITY TO ENJOY. The history is fascinating and the people were friendly. My thanks to Barbara for making this celebration of our 50th anniversary so memorable.