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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 06:05 AM
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Apartment rentals in Florence, Italy

I'll be in Florence for the fourth time next June and I'm planning to rent an apartment for an entire month this time around. There are two I'm considering so far, one offered by Windows on Italy ("Giorgio") and one by Italy Perfect ("Brigantino").

http://www.italyperfect.com/florence...rigantino.html
http://www.windowsonitaly.com/search...d=1586&bid=woi

Does anyone have any experience with either of these rental agencies, or with either of these particular units? There are a few online reviews of the apartments, but not many. I seem to recall that Costa San Giorgio is a steep street, so I do worry a bit about location, but the terrace on that one looks lovely!

I'm traveling solo, so a small apartment would be fine, as long as it has air conditioning and wifi, and my budget is 2,000-2,500 Euros, just in case anyone can recommend something else. I'm mainly interested in the Oltrarno.

A month is a big investment of time and money, so I would dearly appreciate some advice before I commit with a deposit.

Thanks!
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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Google Residenza Il Carmine. I'll be there next week. Oltrarno, quiet with a courtyard. Not expensive.
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 06:15 AM
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I've stayed at these apartments in the Oltrano before. I'm sure they would give a monthly rate better than listed rates as they often offer discounts. Has AC, quiet courtyard (I would ask for courtyard as one apartment is more streetside), laundry down the street and a small grocery nearby. They used to list another apartment that was within a block of Ponte Vecchio. I don't know if they still have it, but you could ask.

http://www.residenzailcarmine.com/

The Ponte Vecchio apartment doesn't really show where it is. Do you know what street?
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 09:53 AM
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kybourbon,

The Ponte Vecchio apartment is in a building on Lungarno Torrigiani, so it faces the Arno River, but the windows in the apartment all face south on along Via dei Bardi, which means it should be relatively quiet, but still central.
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I'm not sure it would be quiet as you would have traffic on both sides of the building. The location would be convenient to most things though.

I will say the beds at Residenza Il Carmine are harder than I like and no English channels on the TV when I stayed there (2 years ago).

You might look for postings by laartista from a couple of years ago as she rented a couple of apartments (I think one might have been in the Oltarno). I think she eventually ended up near the Duomo though.
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Old Sep 20th, 2013, 11:45 AM
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My folks stayed in the Resideza II Carmine last year and they also commented on the lack of any English channels on TV. That's important to my dad when he's staying somewhere for more than a few days.

The did get a reduced rate off the weekly rate.

They are in Prague right now, or I'd ask for more details on Carmine. I'll ask when they get home next weekend.

They had another one in Florence they enjoyed. I'll find out and post.
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We always stay in apts even for as little as 3 days as being gone for 4-6 weeks, nice to settle in. Loved your choices and just had tiny questions:

for both: is the washer a washer/dryer? We had a combo in a London apt but don't see it so much other places. If not, where and how do you hang your clothes to dry?

120E as a final cleaning fee--WOW, really seems not just high but exorbitant.

I loved the second apt the most. I'm a big reader and lighting in bedroom, nightstand is low and poor although overhead might help.

TV: I couldn't figure out where it was, especially in relation to the couches. No light at all by the one single couch in the corner.
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