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As someone who has lived abroad and consequently travelled, I understand the need of a good place to stay. Somewhere that will make you feel at home as much as possible. I hope that our guests will feel this way after having spending time with us.
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Gianpaolo is a great host. He was in touch in advance to send us all relevant directions. Upon arrival he welcomed us and carefully described all the relevant details about the flat and activities in town. The flat is located a few minutes walk off Santo Spirito and S. Maria del Carmine, it is nice and comfortable, and the garden is pure bliss! Overall, I strongly recommend Gianpaolo as a highly reliable host and his flat as a nice place to stay
A place to stay is more than just a place to stay, it is a warm and welcoming space with a host who is more than gracious and also generous. There was a big bowel of fruit on the table and a few grocery supplies as well. Gianpaolo was helpful with many things including letting me print tickets for a concert i attended on his computer. The garden was restful and the bed was very comfortable, when I next go to Florence I will choose this place to stay.
Gianpaolo must have magical powers; he was on the step waiting for us when we arrived late in the evening! He gave us a quick tour and recommended restaurants a few minutes walk away.
Having our own kitchen rather than a set breakfast time was a bonus; as was the espresso pot. There was a huge bowl of fruit, and breakfast basics to get us started and just the right amount of the delicious home made marmalade.
At the end of our week, Gianpaolo booked our taxi to the airport and waited with us till it arrived.
Incidentally, we got good value from 3-day bus passes (12 Euro) which enabled us to take a couple of trips into the hills with wonderful views of Florence. If we go again we'll try and make time to walk 6 km from Fiesole to Settignano.
We booked relatively last minute and Gianpaolo was very accommodating and good at being in touch beforehand. We arrived earlier than planned but this wasn't an issue for him. Having breakfast things provided, as well as maps and top tips, was useful and a nice welcome to the city. The homemade apricot jam was so tasty - we wished we'd been able to take it home. Gianpaolo even provided mosquito repellents for indoor and outdoor use which were really handy and stopped us getting bitten at the apartment although we did still get bitten whilst visiting the Boboli Gardens.
The apartment was very clean and had everything we needed. Having WiFi was great for uploading all those amazing Florentine panorama photos. We ended up spending a lot of time experiencing the neighbourhood around the apartment and particularly enjoyed the craft beer brewery just down the road (Archea Brewery). The neighbourhood has everything you'd want from Florence without the crowds or big tour groups. We'd definitely recommend the newly reopened Fort Belvedere which is just a stroll through the Giardino di Boboli. The restaurants and bars just a few minutes stroll from the apartment are great and cater for the meat eater to the upmarket vegetarian. We'd definitely book this fab 'place to stay' again.
Gianpaolo was a lovely host- easy to communicate with and very welcoming. We loved the neighborhood, quick to walk to tourist attractions but great things to do right near the apartment as well. The apartment was very clean with a generous amount of supplies in the kitchen and bathroom left for visitors. Unfortunately due to the rain & heat Florence is having a real mosquito problem right now. Obviously this is not Gianpaolo's fault, but the reason we took the apartment was because of the garden-- which was beautiful-- and we were unable to use it because of the mosquitos. Without the garden there is minimal living space in the apartment, so if you're hanging out for a couple hours you are more or less on the bed (or a small table in the kitchen). Additionally, the bed is a bit small/creaky. Outside of these two issues it was a lovely place to stay with an incredibly welcoming and helpful host.
Great location, in a living neighborhood but only five minutes by foot from the historic centrum. Very nice apartment, looking to the rear garden so silent at night,
exceptionally clean, warm welcome with fruit mand, map with interesting locations nearby. Owner always available. I recommend this apartment for your stay in Florence.
Gian is a gracious host. From the minute we arrived he made us feel at home and shared his favourite restaurants and gelato shop (invaluable). The apartment is perfectly located away from the hustle of tourists in a quiet but hip neighbourhood. Wedged in between Florence's most enjoyed gardens.. Breakfast was plentiful.. The apartment was reasonably cool even in the height of summer heat. We would definitely rent again
We stayed 3 nights in summer in the appartment and really enjoyed the place!
Gianpaolo gave us a warm welcome and was very nice. We were delighted to find some fresh fruits in the kitchen and some home made jam. The appartment is ideally located and you can access a nice garden from the bedroom and the kitchen.
Even though the appartment is well protected against mosquitos, make sure not to keep the doors open at dusk, they're nasty!
We'll surely come back, that was a very nice stay!
Wir haben uns in der Wohnung - und in Florenz - sehr wohl gefühlt. Die Küche ist einfach, aber durchdacht ausgestattet. Wir haben eine Woche lang täglich gekocht und dabei nichts vermisst. Gianpaolo ist ein ungewöhnlich unkomplizierter und aufmerksamer Gastgeber. Wir übernachten bei unseren Urlaubsreisen nur in Wohnungen. Dabei haben wir die unterschiedlichsten Erfahrungen mit den verschiedenen Wohnungen gemacht. Bei dieser Wohnung hat für uns alles gepasst, Lage, Wohnung, Gastgeber.
To have "A place to stay" for 5 days, outside the hustle & bustle of downtown, was perfect for my girlfriend and I. It was quiet, cool, and felt a little bigger than it probably was. We loved that we could easily walk into Forence's main attractions, without being surrounded by all the people around them.
The bedroom was comfortable, and opens out into a beautiful courtyard (shared with Gianpaolo's family, but quite spacious and private).
The kitchen had all we needed: stove, dishes and tea sets, great little espresso maker. Gianpoalo pre-stocked a larger fruit basket, as well as bread/butter and his own homemade apricot jam and marmalade.
I needed to work while were were staying there and needed fast, solid internet service. I got that, and the quiet of our little apartment and the back garden.