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A DREAM IN FLORENCE, WI/FI, PRIVATE COOKING CLASS, WINE AND OIL TASTING

claudia Morace

Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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A DREAM IN FLORENCE, WI/FI, PRIVATE COOKING CLASS, WINE AND OIL TASTING

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Overview

Historic Center Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Somthing from the guest book, something about a cooking class and something about a Chianti tour with wine and oil tasting.

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Dear Claudia,

from the guest book:

We have lived in five different apartments in Florence over the last six years, and “Pinti 1” is easily our favorite; we lived there for over three months last year. It is beautifully and comfortably furnished, it’s stylish, and it clearly shows the love and care of its owner, Mrs. Claudia Morace. Borgo Pinti is a quiet, mostly pedestrian street. It’s off the “tourist track,” yet within easy walking distance to the historic center of the city. San Ambrogio market, the best market in Florence, is about seven minutes down the street. The apartment is on the top floor of a quiet building, up manageable flights of stairs. It has two floors: the top floor contains the master bedroom and bathroom and a small, quiet alcove for reading or other pursuits. The main floor contains the kitchen, dining area, living room, large bathroom, and guest room. Morning sunlight pours through the large living room window. There is a big dining room table – we seated eight for Thanksgiving dinner – and an abundance of dishes and pots and pans. The apartment is supplied with many quality bed linens and towels; there are three televisions, one in each of the bedrooms and one in the living room, and there’s a good desk where one can work at the computer; the apartment is wired for the internet. Easily our greatest surprise was that the apartment has screens, a luxury in Florence where mosquitoes seem to thrive year-round. A wonderful domestic, Marta, seems to know everything about the apartment, and if she can’t answer your questions, Mrs. Morace is only too happy to help. Speaking of Mrs. Morace, we have never met a more pleasant and accommodating landlady; the instant we met her we were struck by her warmth and friendship. We never felt that our relationship was “strictly business.” She and her beautiful apartment remain one of our happiest memories of Florence – where we hope to return very soon.

John and Susan Rogers

325 Meadows Road

Newville, Pennsylvania

17241

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You are invited to discover your own exceptional private oasis right in the center of Florence. After an exciting and fun filled day of sightseeing, shopping, museums and theatre you can escape from the fast pace and find peace and quiet...just steps away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

You'll start to relax when you enter your apartment, Have a glass of good wine or a cup of coffee.

This tranquil sanctuary is on an old street, partially closed to the traffic, with easy access to just about all you want to see and do.

Take an easy walk to Mercato di S. Ambrogio (2 minutes), to Duomo (5 minutes), to S.Croce (3 minutes)and to other famous

sights and monuments.

The two flats are delightful, wander inside to enjoy the charm of exposed brick walls, plank floors and original oil paintings.

The Relais is located on the Borgo Pinti, an enchanted street of shops,stores, and lovely restaurants, and home to artisans and artists.

The two flats have been recently restored to a very high standard and represent the opportunity to enjoy luxury living in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Pinti 1 and Pinti 2 are on the top floor (second European floor)above the noise and traffic of the street

There is no elevator, but the climb is worth it. The steps bring you to a beautiful sunlit entrance to the flats.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Insider Tips: VRBO in Florence, Italy

Panorama of Florence, Italy, taken from the Piazza de Michelangelo.

?This travel tip comes from my friend Shelley in San Diego, California, who stayed in a three-bedroom apartment - a 'dream in the heart of Florence' - in December. When she told me how perfect it was for her family, I couldn't resist sharing her comments with you. I love that it's in an upscale area and close to good neighborhood restaurants. It sounds like a great deal and someplace you might want to consider for the next time you travel to Italy.

Vacation rentals are great for authentic travelers who want to connect with the community and the local culture. In my opinion they are better than hotel accommodations for 3G (three-generation) family vacations.

Shelley:

'We had the pleasure of staying in Claudia's beautiful apartment while visiting our daughter who is studying in Florence. We arrived on Christmas day, which we expected to be less than convenient, but Claudia was gracious enough to let our daughter store some food in the kitchen and provide her with a key in advance so that we did not need to disturb anybody's holiday with our arrival. Additionally, the kitchen was stocked with water, juice, coffee, a fresh fruit basket, and wonderful olive oil that Claudia bottles herself. The apartment was spacious enough for the 4 of us to not feel crowded. It was well furnished, with comfortable beds and linens. WiFi, heat, and hot water were all in excellent working order. We were even able to comfortably prepare meals in the kitchen. The location was fabulous...convenient walking distance to everything in Florence, and a true upscale residential neighborhood. Neighborhood restaurants and shops were all very nice. We look forward to staying at Borgo Pinti again on our next visit to Florence.'

Duomo Vacation Rental - VRBO 165586, 3 bedroom apartment in Florence, Italy

Posted by Elizabeth Hansen at 5:28 PM

WITHIN HOME COOKING CLASS:

Here are some informations about how a cooking class usually works: I arrive at 8:30 am to go shopping together at the fresh food market in S. Ambrogio (the market is open only in the morning), then we go immediately back to the apartment to cook for lunch. The cooking class last untill 12:30 - 1:00 pm. The cost of the cooking class is 250 euros (in total and not for each person) and at the market you buy the ingredients we need.

Usually the menu consists in three different dishes: an appetizer; a main course and a dessert.

I can suggest a typical Tuscan menu such as: Crostini di fegatini (crostini with chicken liver paté); Crespelle alla fiorentina (Spinach and Ricotta filled crepes); Tiramisù

Keywords: Two Apartments, two units, two flats.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
claudia Morace (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german, italian

About claudia Morace

My name is Claudia Morace. I am 69 years old, I have a daughter, she is a pianist and two sons lawyers as my husband was.I have also seven grandchildren.

I love taking personally care of my house and of my apartments in Florence.

I love flowers, nature, people and life.

claudia Morace purchased this apartment in 2002

Why claudia Morace chose Historic Center

I had to sell a wonderful family property dated 1880 in Austria.

Just to try to save money for my children, I decided to buy a small apartment in Florence and to make it a very special place where to stay.

What makes this apartment unique

I think than better than me, some comments from the guest book, can describe the apartments.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Claudia

Sorry this has taken me so long to write. My testimonial is below

My husband and I were very fortunate to find Claudia's apartment on Borgo Pinti. The apartment is centrally located in the historic area and is walking distance from everything. We were pleasantly surprised by its accommodating size and design. The two bedrooms are both comfortable and well appointed. The kitchen is fully equipped and welcoming. The apartment has all necessary amenities including wifi and air conditioning which can be hard to find in the historic district.

Claudia did everything possible to make our stay enjoyable, including leaving us with a bowl full of fresh figs and almonds and pressed olive oil from her farm. I would highly recommend this lovely apartment and its even more charming owner.

Suzette
Aug 2014
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 57 traveler reviews

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A dream in Florence, WI/FI, private cooking class, wine and oil tasting
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Fabulous Italian Vacation

  • 5 of 5
This truly is a perfect place for two couples. One bedroom upstairs and one downstairs, with a large common area, two bathrooms, laundry, and all of the little extras that you might need and didn't think to bring. Claudia and her assistant were both very willing to answer questions and do what they could to make things go smoothly for us, including introducing us to a tour guide for a day in Tuscany, arranging transportation to our next location, recommending sights and restaurants, etc. The location was close enough to walk to attractions, but off the beaten path enough to feel like "home away from home." The reservation process itself was a bit complicated as we had to wire money to secure the reservation; then we had to pay the balance and a refundable security deposit in euros upon our arrival. This worked out okay for us because it was in the middle of our trip, but it could be problematic if we were heading to the airport from there without an opportunity to spend the refunded deposit. All-in-all, it was our favorite rental while in Italy.
  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Than you Saville.
I am happy to hear you enjoyed your vacation.
I hope to see you again.
Love
Claudia
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Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
5

Chianti Wine Tour

  • 5 of 5
My family and I had the opportunity to schedule a private Chianti Wine Region Tour with Claudia. It was wonderful. We visited the towns of Greve and Ponzano, had a private winery tour and a lovely lunch. You will also have the opportunity to sample Claudia's own olive oil. Claudia is an amazing hostess. She made us feel like family. If you have the time, this is a wonderful way to visit the Chianti wine region. All aspects of our dealings were the best - starting with the reservation, the communication up to and throughout our stay and even after our departure. You will leave for home feeling like Claudia is part of your family.
  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Thank you Elisabeth for your nice note.
I hope I will see you again in the next future.
Come and visit us in Panzano please.
Love
Claudia
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Wonderful Apartment in the beautiful city of Florence

  • 5 of 5
I could not be happier with my experience in Claudia's lovely apartment. The apartment is conveniently located within Florence. The amenities are great and made me feel as if I was in my own home. Claudia and Katy were very gracious and helpful. I look forward to my return to Florence and staying as a guest in this well appointed apartment.
  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Pat for your kind note.
I hope to meet you soon in the next future.
Fondly
Claudia
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Historic Center Florence
5

Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5
Claudia's apartment was great for our group of two couples. The apartment is walking distance to many of the tourist destinations. There is a great restaurant across the street and a few blocks down became our breakfast spot for cappuccinos & pastries. Claudia (and her assistant Katy) were gracious and provided a wonderful welcome.
  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Thank you Sandra.
I hope you will be back and I am looking forward to meeting you.
Love
Claudia
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Everett WA
5

Great location

  • 5 of 5
August can be hot in Firenze, and our stay was no different. The location of this apartment is very convenient, to many of the sights, sounds, tastes and feelings of Firenze. Just a few blocks away from the Duomo, it is also convenient to mini-markets, a big supermarket (Conad), and many restaurants. The four of us, including 2 teenaged children stayed here for 5 nights. Claudia was a most generous hostess providing juice, fresh fruit, coffee, olive oil and many other special treats. We were also provided with an Italian mobile phone which helped tremendously in making arrangements. The apartment is very much as described and is well represented in the photos. It is on the 5th floor, and there is no life, so pack your bags accordingly. It is also a great value. We did take advantage of the air conditioning given the heat, which did cost extra. We also took advantage of many great restaurants right down the street including the bistro across the street and Ristorante La Giostra a short walk away. It was fabulous, and I highly recommend it. I would also highly recommend the 500 Touring Club as well which is just outside of Firenze. Again, thank you Claudia for a wonderful stay. You were correct, 5 days is not enough to visit Tuscany. We will have to return.
  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you Bill.
I hope you will be back again.
Love
Claudia
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Location, Charm, and Amenities

  • 5 of 5
Even before our visit, we got to know Claudia (the owner) by frequent emails. When our family of 5 arrived at the apartment, we were greeted immediately by her charming assistant, Ketty, who showed us how to operate everything and gave us a detailed, map-based "tour" of the city. The apartment was very clean and orderly, and nicely decorated. There was a basket of fresh fruit on the kitchen table, milk in the fridge, condiments in the cupboard -- everything, including detergent and dishwasher soap. The apartment is located very close to the Duomo, and just a quick walk to the Uffizi and Accademia. Ponte Vecchio is a slightly longer (but easy) walk. The restaurant across the street is a nice "family" restaurant, and the one down the street is a little more upscale. Both were extremely good. If there was a downside, it was that the apartment required quite a bit of stair climbing, but we just looked at it as an opportunity to work off some of the calories consumed each day. We will absolutely stay there the next time we visit Florence.
  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Florence airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Metres
across the street
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
livorno
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Conte Ugolino golf club
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
santa maria novella
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
a1
Nearest Restaurant
3 Metres
across the street Accadi
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
abetone
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Punta Ala
Car: not necessary

it is possible to arrange special wine tasting tours

Oil tasting, walking tour, within home cooking class, transfer.

Photos

Photos

Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From €150 Per night

Historic Center Apartment Rental Rates

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€200
€1,200
€4,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €350
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Amenities

Amenities

Historic Center Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
SAT TV, Internet Fast Connection, American Coffee Machine, Cooking Utensils, Air Dryer in each bathroom, Gas BBQ

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