Where: Florence, Italy
When: October – December 2012
Why: Art scene.
How we found it: we joined sublet.com for $15/year. It provided us access to better-priced apartments in Florence than if we had gone through a property manager with their fees tacked on. If we’d gone through a property manager, though, we would have tried this well-organized site called House on Florence.
Street address: Lungarno delle Grazie, 28, Florence, Italy
How much: 950 euros/month (utilities included)
General comments: We loved this apartment. The current building went up in the 1800’s, but it sits on a foundation dating to the 14th century. It’s owned by a couple who keeps it for their “city apartment” so it was nice to be in a place that actually felt like a home with art and personal mementos. (Now I’m going to be lazy and copy from my online review of the apartment…) The apartment is perfect for our needs; Pietro (manager) has been very friendly and responsive even for a small request such as a lightbulb. The building is very quiet inside with thick walls; however, voices from the street bouncing up the stone walls can be loud at night even with windows closed. Bed and furniture are very comfortable and cozy with lovely artwork and a very personal feel throughout the apartment. The kitchen could use a better knife but otherwise no complaints.