Modern Apartment, Historic Building--A Real Find!
Submitted: October 6, 2011
Stayed: September 2011
With some property rentals, the photos on the website may look better than the actual property itself. In the case of "Gloria's Apartment," just the opposite is the case: no photo can really do justice to the actual property. The apartment is located in a historically significant, beautifully restored 15th Century building--significant enough to be mentioned in the city's tourist brochure. The courtyard is stunning; we admired it anew each day.
The apartment itself retains the historic high-beamed ceilings of the past, but is otherwise new and modern. The unit is spacious, with a large living area and a good-sized master bedroom. The kitchen area is sleek and modern. You could easily cook and eat full meals there, though we generally preferred to sample the excellent local cuisine in town. The bathroom has modern, functional plumbing fixtures and a very convenient washing machine. The computer in the small bedroom, with dial-up internet, was handy for us as we do not travel with our own computer. The air conditioning functioned well, and was much appreciated since it was quite warm during our stay. Everything in the apartment was very clean and we wanted for nothing.
Another bonus: the apartment is very quiet, yet its location is central and convenient.
Our landlord, Luigi, couldn't have been nicer. He lent us a cellphone since we did not have one, and he made it clear that we were welcome to ask for whatever we needed. He even drove us to the train station when it was time for us to leave.
As for Ferrara, we had been there before for a few days and specifically chose it as a good place to hunker down and spend three weeks. The city is interesting, with a wealth of Medieval and Renaissance buildings (including an impressive castle), monuments and streets. There is excellent art to be seen in the city as well. We don't bicycle, as so many of the residents do, but did enjoy long walks on the old city walls. Because this is a university town, the place is vibrant and has a lively atmosphere in the evenings. There are a number of good restaurants. We particularly enjoyed Ca d'Frara, Il Cuccho and the Al Brindisi wine bar (frequented by Copernicus in his day).
Overall, we had the good fortune of finding wonderful accommodation in an interesting yet comfortable city.
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