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A Little Piece of Heaven in the Center of Florence

Guest: Ginny (Tacoma, WA USA)
Date of Stay: 11/06/11 Review Submitted: 11/21/11

I had the pleasure of staying in Claudia's larger apartment, Pinti 2, earlier this month. We were five women traveling to Florence to visit our college age students studying there. The accommodations were just as described. The apartment was in excellent condition. We were greeted upon arrival, goodies in the fridge, coffee ready for morning, and a bowl of fresh apples on the table It was such a pleasant introduction to our home away from home! The location of the apartment was important as we wanted to be centrally located. In fact we were blocks from the Duomo, and within walking distance of any of the important sites around the city including the train station. The neighborhood is terrific as well...there was a great market nearby we frequented for fresh fruit,veggies and pasta for our homemade suppers; a coffee shop right across the street, and a fabulous spot to grab sandwiches and gelato too. I have total confidence in recommending this location to anyone planning on visiting Florence; Claudia is a delight and her property is really top notch!

Home Away From Home

Guest: Michele S (Boston, Georgia, USA)
Date of Stay: 09/29/11 Review Submitted: 10/23/11

We recently stayed for more than a week and I cannot say enough about Claudia and her invaluable assistance. The apartment is very clean and organized yet homey and comfortable and truly reflects how much care and consideration Claudia puts forth. She's thought of everything! From the lovely basket of fresh fruit and homemade olive oil to the bottled water, juice and coffee to get us started. We so appreciated having the washing machine (push the off/on button before trying to open the door) and iron (you'll need the reducer that is probably on the toaster to plug it in). Claudia answered so many of our general travel questions and even arrange a wine tasting tour for us before we ever arrived at her apartment. She and Martina were only ever a phone call or email away - even when we locked ourselves out of the apartment!! We loved the shutters and window screens - never needed the aC. From the start I felt as if I already knew and her. It was a true pleasure to meet her in person. The neighborhood is quiet and very close to most points of interest. Accadi Trattoria across the street is wonderful and friendly. There is a market nearby that was very helpful as well as a few fruit and vegetable stands that we shopped every couple of days. I highly recommend Claudia's apartments. We cannot thank you enough, Claudia for a wonderful experience! Thank you too for a lovely evening in Panzano.

Owner response:Dear Michele, thank you so much for your wonderful review. I am happy to know you enjoyed your stay in Borgo Pinti. I will be happy to hear any suggestion you may have to make improvements. I hope you will be back again in the next future. Best wishes Claudia

Excellent apartment; wonderful owner

Guest: Lou and Patty B. (Palo Alto, California)
Date of Stay: 09/24/11 Review Submitted: 10/24/11

My wife and I and my cousin and his wife were guests here for five nights at the end of September, 2011. The apartment is spacious, bright, airy, clean, well appointed, and quiet. The apartment opens onto an inner courtyard that provides great light with no noise. We had more than enough room for the 4 of us and really enjoyed the fully equipped kitchen. As a matter of fact, we decided to eat in one evening and had a fun time preparing dinner in our own “cucina”. Both the clothes washer and dishwasher worked just fine. The welcome basket of fruit, olive oil, etc. added a very personal touch. The apartment is located in the historic center – just a short walk to all the churches, museums, etc. that we wanted to see. There are several nice restaurants within a 5 minute walk - including one right across the street. There is also a grocery store and many small shops selling bread, pastries, cheese, ham, etc. nearby. In short, the apartment is excellent and I highly recommend it. Claudia is articulate, helpful and a real delight. She takes a great deal of pride in her apartments and works hard to insure that her guests have a marvelous stay. You couldn’t ask for a better owner.

Owner response: Dear Lou, thank you very much for your beautiful review. I am happy to know you enjoyed your stay. I would be pleased to accept any suggestion you may give to make improvements to the apartment. Best wishes to you all Claudia

Excellent location

Guest: Beth (Jamestown, New York)
Date of Stay: 09/23/11 Review Submitted: 10/22/11

This apartment was spacious, beautiful and immaculately clean. Claudia provided a lovely welcome arrangement of fruit, milk, juice, etc. She was very responsive to our needs, in particular when we had trouble with the wi fi. A repairman was on the premises the next day. The apartment is tastefully decorated and comfortable, appliances in good working order, bedding and towels of a very good quality. The loft adds charm. We would love to stay there again.

Owner response:Dear Duane, thank you very much for your beautiful review. I really appreciate your kindness and I hope you will be back again in the next future. Best regards Claudia

A wonderful experience in Florence

Guest: David (Australia)
Date of Stay: 09/05/11 Review Submitted: 10/17/11

My wife and I had 3 spare days in Italy and wanted to see Florence. We usually stay in hotels but a friend told us about the VROB site. The decision to book this apartment in Florence was wonderful and added an extra dimension to the visit. The owner Claudia met us at the apartment, explained all in detail and then gave us a bottle of olive oil she had produced herself (a wonderful touch and much used during our stay). The apartment was so clean and inviting we decided to buy food and eat on the courtyard balcony on a number of occasions so we could experience living in it a little longer. It is located so close to most of the tourist features of Florence and yet you feel you are living amongst the residents rather than the tourists and the noise. Claudia was a delight to deal with and an even greater delight to meet. Ihave no hesitation in recommending this apartment.

Owner response:Dear David, thank you very much for spending some of your time writing a review. I really appreciate it and I am sure it will be very useful to our future guests to know that they can trust me. I understand how difficult can be to make a reservation living far away. It was really a pleasure to meet you and Catherine and I hope you will be back for a longer time next time. I wish you and Catherine all the best Claudia

Wonderful Apartment in Great Location

Guest: Barbara (California)
Date of Stay: 08/01/11 Review Submitted: 09/21/11

My husband, two children in their 20's and I spent an amazing week in Florence and stayed at Borgo Pinti 2. I chose the apartment based on reviews here on the VRBO website and we were not disappointed. The apartment was very clean and comfortable in a perfect location. We could walk everywhere. We felt safe walking home late after dinner. It was quiet, but very close to restaurants, bars etc. Claudia allowed us to check in early and the apartment was ready when we arrived. We really appreciated that Claudia had provided bottled water, milk and juice in the refrigerator. The kitchen was well equipped and there was coffee for us as well as a basket of fresh nectarines and a bottle of Claudia's delicious olive oil. Claudia provided a local cell phone so we were able to make reservations at restaurants and confirm tour arrangements. When we were getting ready to leave Claudia called the taxi company and set up our departure transportation. This apartment is exactly as described here on the website. It was great to have a comfortable living room to relax in at the end of the day. Wireless internet in the apartment allowed us to research restaurants and destinations while we were there as well as keep in touch with family. Having a washing machine was so convenient, we were able to do laundry and didn't need to pack as many clothes. I would highly recommend this apartment to anyone planning to visit Florence. My husband and children all agree with me, we would love to return to Florence and we would definitely stay at Borgo Pinti again.

Owner response:Dear Barbara, thank you very much for your beautiful review. I am happy you could enjoy a wonderful vacation in Florence. I regret I could not meet you and I really hope you will come back. Best wishes to you and to your family Claudia

Borgo Pinti-Perfect Apartment in Florence

Guest: Sis (Oxford, Connecticut)
Date of Stay: 06/19/11 Review Submitted: 07/01/11

My husband and I and our two daughters, both in their 20s, stayed in this lovely and spacious apartment in Florence. The apartment was so welcoming that we felt immediately at ease. Claudia, the owner, has provided everything you might need from beautiful linens and a local cell phone to a well stocked kitchen. She even gave us a bottle of her wonderful homemade olive oil! We enjoyed having our coffee in the morning on the patio. The location is within walking distance to all the sights in Florence . There is a nice little trattoria across the street with a friendly staff and great food and the open food market is a few minutes away. Claudia is very helpful for any questions or needs you may have and answers emails and calls immediately. Perfect! is the only way to describe this apartment.

Owner response:Dear Anne, thank you very much for your wonderful review. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Pinti 2 and I hope to meet you again in the future. Fondly Claudia

Terrific time in Florence and at Binti 2

Guest: Barb (Shawnee, KS USA)
Date of Stay: 06/04/11 Review Submitted: 06/18/11

Claudia - Again, thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your terrific apartment in the heart of Florence. The apartment was perfect. Plenty of space for my husband and I, and our two teenage daughters. The kitchen was large and the balcony was a treat in the mornings. We appreciated the welcome items to tide us over until we could shop the next day, and the cell phone and wifi. The location was great - so close to the Duomo, restaurants and small shops. The girls enjoyed the Gelato and also the near by chocolate shop. It was also a pleasure to meet you Thursday evening; I'm so happy we were able to connect. Thanks again, and look forward to returning one day!

Owner response:Dear Barb, thank you very much for your wonderful review. We will stay in touch and whatever you could need in this area of the world, I am here,, happy to help. Take care of you and your beautiful family Claudia

Guest: Robert and Sara

Date of Stay: 09/28/10 Review Submitted: 03/14/11

Dear Claudia, We finally arrived home late last Wednesday evening (actually at 2:00 am Thursday morning Canadian time) following a long day of travel. Our day was even longer when we discovered at Florence airport that we were one hour ahead since, we had no idea that the daylight saving time change had already occurred in Italy on Sunday! Consequently we were one hour ahead of the rest of Florence for our last three days! Daylight savings did not come into effect in Canada until this past weekend. Once again we want to thank you for all of your help in making our Italian vacation most memorable. Your apartment was very comfortable and so well equipped it almost felt like home! We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you, Arnaldo and your son Marco and also your American friends. Thank you also for the olive oil and the wine. We enjoyed the wine in Florence and will put the olive oil to good use here in Canada. Take care, Robert and Sandra



Borgo Pinti is a small, quiet street, in the part where the traffic is restricted. It is located in the heart of Florence and at the same time, it is not one of the noisy streets full of tourists.....




We had a fantastic time in Florence, which was made even better with this beautiful and well located apartment!

Where are we?


The two delightful flats are just a few steps from Piazza del Duomo, Piazza Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, and other famous sights and monuments of the city. Shops and restaurants and markets are very close to the Relais.