Our home away from home
We visited Italy on our honeymoon, and the portion of the trip that we were most excited for was the 8 days we spent in Florence. It was the only part of our trip where we stayed in an apartment (as opposed to a B&B) and it was definitely the right decision! The flat was modern, clean, and comfortable. Lorenzo was so wonderful - easy to communicate with, helpful in any way he could be, and he gave us lots of great recommendations, so make sure to ask!! We even bumped into him on the street one day, so he's definitely around if you need him for any reason! The pull out couch was very comfortable, and I imagine the bed that replaced it is comfortable as well (we'll have to come back to try it!) The kitchenette was on the smaller side, but perfect - we even prepared dinner in a few times (having gone to the Mercato Centrale or Sapori & Dinatori earlier in the day to get ingredients...if you go to the market please try the "fish & chips", they're cones of delight!).
We absolutely adored the neighbourhood! We got a cappuccino and a cornetto to start each day off right, and it truly felt like "coming home" at the end of each day. We loved how close it was to the Piazzale Michelangelo, but we didn't make it all the way up there until our last day because we discovered the Rose Garden! Not nearly as many stairs to climb and still a beautiful view, it was the perfect place to relax at the end of each day with a bottle of wine.
We made a point of having gelato each day we were in Italy and there are some amazing gelateria nearby (our 3 favourites were Riva Reno (suggested by Lorenzo), Il Gelato Di Filo (right around the corner) and Cantina Del Gelato (on the way to the Ponte Vecchio from the apartment) - you should try them all!). Do not, however, buy gelato from the tourist trap right at the end of the Ponte Vecchio...probably the most expensive and least delicious gelato of our trip!!
It has almost been a year since our visit to Italy, and my husband and I dream of going back all the time. We often look at each other and reminisce about the amazing experience we had, and staying in this wonderful apartment was a huge part of that! I would stay here again in a heartbeat, and I would recommend it to any couple or person travelling solo. If I can convince my mom to travel to Italy this is definitely where I'll encourage her to stay!!
Thank you again Lorenzo for offering this beautiful space, and I hope that we get to see you again in the coming years!
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