My wife and I stayed in Francesca's wonderful apartment the week of Christmas. It could not have gone any better. We were looking for a quiet and beautiful place to use a base while we were exploring Florence and its outskirts. We wanted somewhere convenient to Florence, but that also allowed us the tranquility of the countryside. The apartment met both requests easily. From the intricate ceilings to the frescoes to the tasteful (but comfortable!) furniture, everything was impeccable. Since we live in the States in a fairly new house, it was pretty incredible to be staying in such a warm and elegant setting, knowing that it was built something like 800 years ago. We had plenty of room to relax and really recoup here, especially in front of the fireplace, something we both truly appreciated after a particularly “full” museum day in Florence (and also after similar days in Chianti!). This was our first Christmas away from home in a long time and Francesca saw to it that we actually felt at home. We knew there would be the “basics” like good-quality linens, lots of hot water, plenty of firewood, and so forth, but it was a delightful surprise to find a kitchen stocked with the essentials and even to find a decorated Christmas tree upon our arrival, too. The great thing about the location here is that we were in the middle of the country side, but we could drive to Florence in about 15 minutes with our car, park it, and then take a bus into the historic center (you can’t drive into the city center during the day without a special pass) in about 10 minutes. Thank you so much Francesca for a lovely stay. We will definitely be back!