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This is a lovely, elegant and quiet apartment, totally renovated and with new appliances, in the heart of Florence. It is at Via Romana 29, 50 meters from the entrance to the Boboli Gardens, next door to the Pitti Palace.
It consists of an entrance and living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a table for four, two bedrooms (one with a baby grand piano), two bathrooms and a closet room, central heating, telephone, washer, TV with VCR & DVD player, stereo, dishwasher, microwave, hi-speed we-fi internet, insect screens on the windows, and an air-conditioner. My wife and I came to Italy in 1973, when I began work as a photographer. Our pianist/composer son, William, who was born and raised in Italy, lived in this flat a couple of years before deciding to seek his fortune back in the U.S.A.
Florence needs no introduction. Suffice it to say that Unesco (the cultural branch of the United Nations) did a study 15 years ago which declared that 60% of the world's artistic heritage is on Italian soil. 30% of that is in Florence alone. But if that isn't enough to tickle your fancy, remember the Chianti vineyards within 30 min. drive, the towns of Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, Arezzo and Pisa, the beaches of Viareggio and the Maremma, all easy drives on excellent roads. Florence is only a 90 min. train ride from Rome on the high-speed trains and Umbria is the region just south of Tuscany. So within two hours you can reach Perugia, Spoleto, Assisi and that magical town Todi, where we also rent a home (see Listing 215677).
My wife, Lynn, and I moved to Italy way back in 1973 after graduating from Beloit
College in Wisconsin, where we met. I'm a photographer and Lynn teaches English.
We bought this apartment for our two children William and Alice, but they have
chosen to seek their fortunes elsewhere. William, a pianist and composer, lives in NYC
and Alice, a dancer and choreographer, lives in London.
The Owner purchased this apartment in 2007
This is a particularly choice location. It is only 100 yards from the Pitti Palace and Boboli
Gardens and on the Oltrarno side of the river, a neighborhood much less touristy and full of
artisans workshops and markets.
It is a spacious and quiet apartment, completely refurbished with all the amenities, including a great collection of music, a Yamaha C2 piano,
and VHSs and DVDs in English for your evening entertainment.
"Nothing but plaudits for both these sites, an in-town 12th/13th century villa in Todi, Umbria, and an in-city apartment in Florence on the Via Romana just a few minutes away from the Pitti Palace. Both dwellings are fully modern and elegant in their different ways; both are right in the middle of the best of their localities -- restaurants, museums/galleries, varied boutique shopping and more; both are really within walking distance to everything that matters -- forget about the car. And both are spotless and very reasonably priced -- far more attractive than the hotel option.
We spent two weeks, one week at each location, and were delighted with everything. Of special note -- George, our landlord, oversaw all the detail of our planning,arrival, stay and departure with personal concern. And this was important. We don't speak Italian and were a little leery of getting by in a real neighbourhood -- shopping, transportation, entertainment. But no problem. George's advice and ample local literature made it all easy.
We'd do it again. Great vacation.
One note -- Todi is a genuine hill town: climbing is a prerequisite for enjoymen, and touring the countryside by Car a wonderful experience -- i.e. a small car that fits in the medieval streets. My decision to go for a large power car because of the reputation of the autobahns was wrong -- I should have opted smaller. And in Florence -- get rid of the car asap."
If you feel you need a jaunt in the countryside, please know that a 10-minute drive will
see you surrounded by vineyards in the Chianti area with lots of wine-tasting possibilites. You can also easily make day trips to Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Arezzo and other Tuscan towns.
Rome or Bologna are only a 100-minute train ride away.
From our side of the city joggers will be able to run in open countryside, which begins only 3km from our place.
You might consider a stay in Umbria, the region just south of Tuscany, with jewels such
as Perugia, Assisi, Todi, Spoleto and Orvieto to discover. We have a home in Todi
which you can view at www.todihouse.com
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3 night minimum stay
|Notes||The rental fee depends on season, number of people and length of stay. $1,000/wk: average fee. A $500 deposit/holding fee is required when reserving ($950 for long rentals). This sum is returned to you within a wk of your departure minus utilities (negotiable depending on season) and $100 clean up fee. Rental fee to be sent 2 months prior to arrival (negotiable). Credit card, check, transfer.|
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