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“Great Views, excellent staff, poky kitchen”
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Florence, Tuscany

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“Great Views, excellent staff, poky kitchen”
Reviewed 16 December 2011 for a stay in September 2011
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The Toretta apartment is one of the smallest in the Palazzo Bardi and as such had a minute kitchen and no dishwasher. But it did have excellent air conditioning which we were very grateful for.

The location is good, in a Palazzo (block of flats) on a riverside street on the left bank of the river, across the water from the main tourist attractions yet only a few minutes walk to the Ponte Vechio and to an excellent supermarket. There is a doorman on duty during ‘office hours’ Monday to Friday

After taking the lift to the fifth floor there are two sets of stairs, one from the front door up to the living room and another from the living room up to the bedroom. The bedroom is the highlight of the flat. It is the turret on top of the Palazzo with a 360 degree view all over Florence. The views are only visible from the bed or when standing up, the bottoms of the windows are too high to see much from a chair. Down the (narrow) stairs the living room is largely enclosed with one window looking out to a blank wall and a better view via another room onto the terrace. There is a multichannel TV but the only English Language Channels were News Programmes. Not a room to linger in.
The kitchen is between the living room and the bathroom (nice big shower) and is minute. There is barely room for two people to stand there, there is a two ring hot plate and one electric socket into which one has a choice of plugging in a microwave, a kettle, a toaster or a coffee maker. Any lead plugged in then trails across the hotplate so a considerable degree of care is needed when using the kitchen. There is a clothes washer in the bathroom but no oven (except microwave) and no dishwasher.
Outside from the living room is a small light dining area with full length patio doors opening onto the terrace. There is a hatch between dining area and kitchen. The terrace has a good view to the hills away from the river and a view from one end of the upper reaches of the river. It is an excellent place for eating out, for catching the sun and for watching the sunset.

Our visit to Florence was marked by me being taken ill in the flat and then being taken to hospital by ambulance. The stairs were quite difficult for the ambulance men to manoeuvre but they managed. I was very impressed by the care taken by the Office (who guided us as to how to get an ambulance), by the doorman, Paolo Do Brilla, who translated for the ambulance men and by our greeter, Christiana, who visited me during my brief stay in the hospital and also collected my prescription from the chemist,. They made a difficult experience less difficult.

Outside we tended to eat in the Oltrarno (left bank) and the Sopr’arno (overlooking the Arno) and would recommend Trattoria Borgo Antico in Piazza Santo Spirito 6r, an easy walk from the flat.

There is a great view from the Turret and the terrace, the place is comfortable, but the lack of an adequate kitchen would put us off going again. Fine if you want to eat out all the time, not otherwise.

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Liked least: The Kitchen
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Reviewed 6 July 2011 for a stay in June 2011

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Reviewed 8 June 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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Reviewed 1 October 2010 for a stay in August 2010

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Reviewed 5 August 2010 for a stay in July 2010

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