Solare

1 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms Sleeps 4 Firenze
  • Tastefully appointed, the Solare apartment is cozy and pleasant.
    Tastefully appointed, the Solare apartment is cozy and pleasant.
  • Views from the windows.
    Views from the windows.
  • Comfy sofa, cheerful decor. You will be welcomed with a gift basket filled with treats.
    Comfy sofa, cheerful decor. You will be welcomed with a gift basket filled with treats.
  • Big window admits lots of light and has nice views of Tuscan hills in the distance.
    Big window admits lots of light and has nice views of Tuscan hills in the distance.
  • Large kitchen will make you want to try your hand at cooking at home.
    Large kitchen will make you want to try your hand at cooking at home.
  • Famous Mercato Centrale is a short walk for fresh fruits, vegetables, pasta, fish, meat.
    Famous Mercato Centrale is a short walk for fresh fruits, vegetables, pasta, fish, meat.
  • Eat-in kitchen has expandable table and seating for 4.
    Eat-in kitchen has expandable table and seating for 4.
  • Comfortable bed, plenty of light from the large window.
    Comfortable bed, plenty of light from the large window.
  • Large armoire in the bedroom provides ample clothing storage space.
    Large armoire in the bedroom provides ample clothing storage space.
  • Bathroom gets good light. It has a fully enclosed shower, sink, toilet and bidet.
    Bathroom gets good light. It has a fully enclosed shower, sink, toilet and bidet.
  • Large shower
    Large shower
  • Living room pull-down Murphy bed can accommodate two people.
    Living room pull-down Murphy bed can accommodate two people.
  • Street where Solare is located has a pizzeria, cafe and small supermarket within a block.
    Street where Solare is located has a pizzeria, cafe and small supermarket within a block.
  • Down the block from the apartment is Ristorante Caffaggi, with Florentine specialties.
    Down the block from the apartment is Ristorante Caffaggi, with Florentine specialties.
  • The same bakery at the corner that sells pastries also has good pizza.
    The same bakery at the corner that sells pastries also has good pizza.
  • Around the corner is another favorite neighborhood restaurant with excellent roasted meats.
    Around the corner is another favorite neighborhood restaurant with excellent roasted meats.
  • This is the facade of the Riccardi Library built in the 1600's on Via dei Ginori.
    This is the facade of the Riccardi Library built in the 1600's on Via dei Ginori.
  • Palazzo Strozzi nearby is known for its architecture and wonderful exhibitions.
    Palazzo Strozzi nearby is known for its architecture and wonderful exhibitions.
  • What a beautiful architectural way to handle this neighborhood corner.
    What a beautiful architectural way to handle this neighborhood corner.
  • Florence is famous for its shopping.
    Florence is famous for its shopping.
  • Santa Maria Novella is famous for its fascinating architecture and beautiful art.
    Santa Maria Novella is famous for its fascinating architecture and beautiful art.
  • Piazza della Repubblica with its fine cafes, restaurants, merry-go-round & triumphal arch is nearby.
    Piazza della Repubblica with its fine cafes, restaurants, merry-go-round & triumphal arch is nearby.
  • The Duomo, the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, glows and welcomes you to the City of Flowers.
    The Duomo, the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, glows and welcomes you to the City of Flowers.
  • Brunelleschi's Dome crowns this world-famous architecture of the Cathedral, bell tower and baptistry.
    Brunelleschi's Dome crowns this world-famous architecture of the Cathedral, bell tower and baptistry.
  • The Baptristry is a must with the Doors of Paradise and some of the finest mosaics in the world.
    The Baptristry is a must with the Doors of Paradise and some of the finest mosaics in the world.
  • Santa Maria Novella and its piazza are very appealing. The church is a great visit.
    Santa Maria Novella and its piazza are very appealing. The church is a great visit.
  • Charming piazza and memorial near Santa Maria Novella at the end of Via delle Belle Donne.
    Charming piazza and memorial near Santa Maria Novella at the end of Via delle Belle Donne.
  • Piazza Signoria was the heart of Florence during the Renaissance. Everywhere you look find fascinating historical elements.
    Piazza Signoria was the heart of Florence during the Renaissance. Everywhere you look find fascinating historical elements.
  • Michelangelo's David reigns over Piazza della Signoria. This copy asserts Florence as the _little guy_ standing up to the giant France.
    Michelangelo's David reigns over Piazza della Signoria. This copy asserts Florence as the _little guy_ standing up to the giant France.
  • Shopping in this famous market, called Nuovo (new) from @1700s should end when you rub the snout of the bronzewild boar statue for luck.
    Shopping in this famous market, called Nuovo (new) from @1700s should end when you rub the snout of the bronzewild boar statue for luck.
  • Sculptures delight all around in this piazza. This fountain celebrates first running water in 1565.
    Sculptures delight all around in this piazza. This fountain celebrates first running water in 1565.
  • The Ponte Vecchio has graced the Arno river for 700 years. Fine jewelery shops adorn your stroll.
    The Ponte Vecchio has graced the Arno river for 700 years. Fine jewelery shops adorn your stroll.
  • Florence's skyline much as it has appeared for more than 500 years -- beckoning with timeless landmarks.
    Florence's skyline much as it has appeared for more than 500 years -- beckoning with timeless landmarks.

The top floor position of the Solare apartment yields lots of light with views over the rooftops of Florence. Situated in the historic center, you can easily walk to all the sites.

This is a cheerful, pleasant apartment.

Location

Located near Piazza San Lorenzo it`s an easy walk to the Duomo, the train station, the Church of San Lorenzo and Medici Chapels. The Mercato Centrale nearby offers vast varieties of Italian food specialities and restaurants.

This is a very central location so you can be back "home" within a matter of minutes from most of the historic center sites. The neighborhood has many convenient shops, there is a small supermarket within 2 blocks, a mom-and-pop style grocers, a pizzeria, several restaurants, a pharmacy and a bakery with one block. We always have a meal at the restaurant on this block when we are in Florence.

Exterior

The building is small with only two apartments per floor and has a newly renovated exterior facade.

Interior

The building dates back to the 15th century; the stone stairwell steps that have been well used for centuries. It`s not an impressive entrance; there are no architectural details or adornments but the location is marvelous for exploring Florence and the apartment is a delight.

The apartment is fresh and up-to-date. A special feature that delights us are the nice views from the windows in the living room and bedroom. Gaze out at timeless views of the distant hills that surround Florence. It`s a bright, pleasant apartment.

A comfy sofa and two arm chairs provide comfortable seating for four people. A pull-down Murphy bed in the living room folds up flat into the wall. The living room has a door that can be closed, creating a private space when the Murphy bed is in use, thus guests in the bedroom can get up and move about the apartment without waking up those who are sleeping in the bedroom.

In the bedroom a large armoire provides good clothing storage space. Here too you can enjoy views across rooftops towards the hills. 

The bathroom is acessed outside the bedroom, convenient if guests are sleeping in the living room. The shower stall is standard Italian size, but a bit small by U.S. standards. Plenty of natural light too from the window as well as good lighting over the medicine cabinet mirror.

The eat-in kitchen is fully equipped.


Things To Note

Neighborhood: Duomo

Size: 592 sq ft, 55 m2

Accessibility/Security: No elevator. 66 steps.

Sound: Some street noise from pedestrians passing by down below, common in the historic center.

Other: Check in 5:00 to 8:00pm, by appointment.

Room Details

Room Beds Amenities
Bedroom Extra Wide Queen (1) Extra wide queen bed (63in x 79in; 160cm x 200cm)
Living Room Double (1) Double bed (55in x 75in; 140cm x 190cm) that folds down from the living room wall
Bathroom Shower, sink and toilet

    Bathroom

    • Hairdryer

    Connectivity/Entertainment

    • WiFi
    • TV - Limited English Programs

    Heating/Cooling

    • Heating
    • A/C

    Kitchen

    • Fully Equipped
    • Coffee Maker
    • Dishwasher
    • Italian-Style Espresso Pot
    • Kettle
    • Microwave
    • Oven
    • Stovetop
    • Toaster
    • Refrigerator

    Accessibility

    • 4th Floor North American
    • No Elevator

    Kid/Family Friendly

    • Travel Crib

    Laundry

    • Drying Rack
    • Washer
    • No Dryer

    Amenities

    • Air Conditioning
LEAVE A REVIEW
July 1, 2019 - Website

Solare Review

by Mark U
We really enjoyed our stay. The apartment was very clean and the location was great.
March 23, 2019 - Website

Solare Review

by Marlene
Chiara welcomed us warmly to her wonderful apartment in Florence. The apartment is well maintained providing all the amenities for a comfortable stay. It was a great location to experience Florence on foot. A welcome basket was provided which was a lovely touch! Yes there are stairs however if you are fit, they will not be a problem. [Thank you for your review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
January 9, 2019 - Website

Solare Review

by Sabino
The house was one of the warmest we've been to whilst travelling throughout the north of Italy during winter. It was also clean and well appointed. It is quaint and close to the main train and bus stations. We loved how it was situated, in a place that was easy to walk to all the main attractions in Florence. There was more than one supermarket less than 5 minutes away by foot. It was a little bit small for a family of four and, with the apartment being on the third floor, it isn't too practical if you are travelling with large suitcases. Frankly, though, apart from this it was a very pleasant stay. Sharon and Chiara both saw to it that we were well accommodated both, before arriving and that we enjoyed our vacation as we were leaving.
November 10, 2018 - Website

Solare Review

by TS
Had the most wonderful stay at the Solare during my 4 weeks in Florence. I could not have asked for a better location, with amazing local wonderful restaurants right at my doorsteps. The host was incredible and very accommodating, which made my stay that much more enjoyable. She was knowledgeable, kind, and always available, from allowing me to drop-off my suitcases early in the morning before the check-in time, to always being available if I should have any questions or ever needed anything. The apartment itself was perfect, and felt like my home away from home. It was a wonderful reprieve to come home to after a long day in beautiful Florence. Thank you again to the beautiful Solare apartment and it's wonderful host, and to Italy Perfect for making it so easy to find a perfect apartment for my stay in Florence.[Thank you so much for your kind review, we are delighted you enjoyed staying at the Solare and hope to welcome you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
October 24, 2018 - Website

Solare Review

by Meredith E
Wonderful apartment and amazing location. We felt like Florentines for a week!
July 11, 2018 - Website

Solare Review

by Ms. Wine
My stay at the Solare apartment in Florence was spectacular. I was there for a 6 week artist's workshop, so a lengthier stay. My flight was delayed by almost 12 hours, and I got to the apartment close to midnight. Chiara, my host, was so sweet and accommodating despite everything! The apartment is beautiful, clean, cozy and well kept. It made my stay extra special to come home to such a great place every evening during my long days of study! Thanks Italy Perfect, and thank you to such a fabulous host! [Thank you so much, we are pleased you enjoyed staying at the Solare! The Italy Perfect Team]
July 9, 2018 - Website

Solare Review

by Ruth E
We have always stayed in hotels while in Europe, but never again! We were thoroughly impressed with Italy Perfect, the Solare apartment and our host, Chiara. The information that was sent to us before the trip was exactly what we needed to prepare for our vacation in Florence. Our flight from the USA was delayed, so we had to coordinate a later meeting time with Chiara. She was cheerful and accommodating and she made us feel right at home. The place was extremely clean and had everything we needed...laundry detergent, shampoo, bath gel, salt and pepper, sugar, olive oil, even Italian and American coffee. We were planning on a trip to the grocery store upon arrival but we skipped it since we had everything we needed. The location at San Lorenzo was perfect for walking to all the sites we hoped to visit. We never had to rely on a taxi or bus. Even though we walked all day, the stairs to the apartment weren’t a problem. There were plenty of stores and restaurants in the neighborhood for provisions and meals. The central market was only a few minutes from our door. Open windows allowed breezes to keep us cool, but when it got hot later in the week, the air conditioners and fans did the trick. This was my third trip to Florence and I hope to return someday. If I do, I’ll be sure to rent through Italy Perfect again and hopefully the Solare apartment will be available.
June 18, 2018 - Website

Solare Review

by Patricia D
We loved the location near to Academy & Duomo. We walked to everything. There were many great restaurants & cafes in immediate neighborhood. The apt had everything we needed & was very comfortable.
May 27, 2018 - Website

Solare Review

by Andrew C
Short walk to the Duomo and the train station, so every convenient. The apartment is well furnished and steps from a nice market. Very accommodating!
March 31, 2018 - Website

Solare Review

by Alice
The Solare apartment is airy and light, with plenty of space; it's certainly not huge, but it doesn't feel at all claustrophobic. It has obviously been set up with a great deal of thought and care, and with good-quality fittings. Our hostess was very welcoming and friendly, and as well as a basket of wine, biscuits and pasta had provided kitchen basics such as salt, pepper, oil, tea, coffee and so on (the things you really don't want to have to go out and buy if you are there for only a few days, as we were). The location is excellent: it took us about 10 minutes to walk there from the station, and it is close to all the big sights (so when the hordes of tourists get too much, it's easy to go 'home' and escape the crush for a while).We enjoyed dining in Cafaggi (and not just because it is conveniently located, practically next door), and also went a little further afield to the Trattoria Pallottino, very traditional with excellent food - but we also cooked in the kitchen, which is well set-up and even has a dishwasher. We bought the ingredients in the nearby central markets, good not only for food shopping but for a wide range of casual eating upstairs. There are also supermarkets and other food shops (indeed, shops of all kinds) nearby. All up, this is a really pleasant place to stay in Florence and highly recommended.[Thank you very much Alice for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay! The Itlay Perfect Team]
February 10, 2018 - Website

Solare Review

by Jane D
The apt is an easy walk (10 minute) from SM train station. It is also a great location to see all the tourist sites in Florence. Lots of restaurants and coffee shops are just steps away. Our hostess, Chiara was super friendly. She showed us around the apt.and gave us local information. Also included was an Italian cell phone to use for local calls and to call her for any questions or assistance. The apt was nicely appointed and clean. There was a lovely bottle of red and some munchies welcoming us when we arrived.
October 22, 2017 - Website

Solare Review

by Nancy W
We loved Chiara's apartment. Even though we had a flight delay and arrived quite late on our arrival date, Chiara cheerfully greeted us, and showed us how to use all the appliances, where everything was located in the apartment, etc. The basket of goodies that Chiara gave us, especially the bottle of wine, was greatly appreciated. The information book Chiara provided was detailed and had lots of info about the sites, restaurants and Mass times in Florence--lots of helpful information. The apartment was clean and the bed comfy, and, even though we didn't cook, the kitchen had everything you would need if you wanted to cook meals. We loved the location--very close to the Central Market, the Duomo--we could easily walk to the Florence museums and other sites. We would definitely stay in this apartment again.
July 30, 2017 - Website

Solare Review

by Bruce K
The apartment was perfect. Just as described in the listing. Location was excellent - we walked everywhere in the city. We ran into a problem with one of the appliances that broke during our stay. The owner acted quickly, called a service person and it was fixed the next day - with her apologies. Highly recommend this apartment.
July 18, 2017 - Website

Solare Review

by Mark
This a clean and well proportioned apartment. It's a nice sitting room and a good sized bedroom and bed. It is very quiet at night after an exhausting day touring. The location is excellent close to the destinations and plenty of dining options right outside your door.Florence is a very walkable city so enjoy.[Thank you Mark! The Italy Perfect Team]
June 21, 2017 - Website

Solare Review

by Beth R.
My husband and I spent 5 nights in this apartment in May and could not have been happier. It's ideally located within easy walking distance of all the major sights and train station. There are lots of good restaurants, bars, coffee shops and gift shops in the surrounding few blocks. The large and comfortable bed with plenty of pillows was nice to come home to at night. Kitchen was well stocked and the owner, Chiara, even left wine, pasta, sauce, cheese and cookies for us! She greeted us warmly and showed us how everything worked in addition to giving us a book which she had compiled which would answer many questions we might have during the visit, as well as suggesting sights, activities and restaurants. She arranged for the cab the night before our departure and it was at our door promptly at 7AM the next morning. We had a wonderful time at in every respect and would definitely stay here again if we return. Thanks for everything, Chiara!
May 25, 2017 - Website

Solare Review

by Leah S
We had a great stay an ideal location central to all the must see tourist sites! Lori was the sweetest host! Thank you so much![Thank you Leah! The Italy Perfect Team]
April 18, 2017 - Website

Solare Review

by C. G.
Casa molto bella. Pulita, host disponibile, cestino di benvenuto per uno spuntino appena arrivate a casa per accoglierci. Ve la consiglio vivamente. Very nice apartment. Clean, nice greeter and welcome basket with snacks for us when we arrived. We recommend this apartment enthusiastically.
March 31, 2017 - Website

Solare Review

by J & M
Our accommodations were wonderful! Not only did we have a great location, close to the train, Duomo, and other sites, but the laundry room was stocked with laundry detergent. This was a welcome surprise.After over a week traveling in other parts of Italy, we were ready for something different for dinner. We found a lovely Indian Restaurant, Royale India Ristorante at Via Guelfa 90/R. The chicken and lamb were so tender, better than some of the places we'd eaten in London.This property was listed on Home Away and administered by Italy Perfect. Italy Perfect requires the tenant to do more than what we're accustomed to with other Home Away rentals. Providing copies of our passports and paying local hospitality taxes in cash at check in was different. The other Italian Home Away property we stayed at didn't require these. [We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We do advertise the apartment on HomeAway. It is important to know that presentation of your passport & payment of local hospitality tax is required by Italian law. Our properties comply with the law. If you rented elsewhere in Italy & the property didn't charge you any hospitality tax or obtain your passport information it is likely an illegal rental. The Italian authorities are cracking down on tax avoiders, you might want to bring that to HomeAway's attention. - The Italy Perfect Team]
March 28, 2017 - Website

Solare Review

by Mary
Great, bright, clean apartment, friendly owner. Top notch kitchen, comfy living room with view of the hills, comfortable beds. On the fourth floor - the steps were a great workout. The neighborhood is close in, neighborhood restaurants and groceries easy to access. The great neighborhood provides easy access, but the traffic on the street is a bit noisy. I had an excellent stay and highly recommend the apartment! [Thank you so much Mary! The Italy Perfect Team]
February 22, 2017 - Website

Solare Review

by Amy
The apartment was comfortable. Perfect for 3 people.Location was indeed in the centre.I would recommend to a friend!! Chiara, the owner, was very helpful and kind.[Thank you Amy! The Italy Perfect Team]
November 27, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by Diane C.
I loved my time at this apartment. Solare is very close to the Accademia, the Duomo, and the Mercato Centrale. The 66 stairs were not a problem. The building has lots of character and the apartment is well-furnished. My greeter/owner was especially nice and explained everything to me very well. I found the bed comfortable and the living areas relaxing. The kitchen is very nice and has most everything to cook with. I appreciated the basket of goodies! Since Florence is a walking city, I found the location ideal to walk anywhere--even out to the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens. I always stay at Italy Perfect apartments where possible. They have been consistently wonderful for many trips!
November 7, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by Fiore J. Pignataro
This is our second visit here. The owner is very welcoming and spends plenty of time showing you how the unit works. Very well done and extremely clean. There is approximately 66 steps but we had no difficulty with that. The location is perfect, 2 blocks to the Accademia, 2.5 blocks to the Mercato Centro and maybe 3.5 blocks to the Duomo and beyond. All easy walks. When we are in Florence we will always stay here. [Thank you Fiore, we look forward to you welcoming you back! The Italy Perfect Team]
October 28, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by Peg/Tony
Even considering the 66 steps up (with no elevator), this was a perfect apartment for us during our Florence visit. Chiara thought of everything and she even provided a green folder with all the info you would ever need about appliances, the apartment and outside info like doctors/medical facilities, etc. She even gives a gift basket with goodies you can actually USE! We enjoyed the exercise a few times a day going up and down those stairs - really - we were in great shape at the end of 4 days. The apartment is situated close / walking distance to the train station, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and other sites. Perfect little comfortable apartment for a wonderful stay in Florence.[Thank you Peg and Tony! The Italy Perfect Team]
October 22, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by Dick W.
First impression is the stairs - all four stories of them. We were advised of this condition so it was no surprise but if you are frail or physically restricted you should be aware of this issue. Apartment is in a safe but not "showy" neighborhood and street below is narrow but not noisy. We liked the location - very close to Academia, Central Market, 10 minute walk to Duomo. Interior is clean, well-lit, well equipped and very adequate for two people. Bed is high quality and comfortable. Greeter, Chiara, was on time, friendly, spoke good English, and really seemed to care about our needs and stay. On the down-side a major renovation is taking on the apartment directly abutting Solare. Many, many times we were awoken (early) to the sound of a roto-hammer blasting away on the common wall between the apartments. The first night a VERY loud alarm went off at 4 am and did not stop until around 7 am. It was impossible to sleep during this time. Chiara did everything possible to remedy the situation but it was part of the reconstruction crew's set up and no one could be found until the workers showed up for work. On re-reading my comments there is a negative over-tone but other than the construction issues it is a good place to stay while in Florence, well priced, clean, sunny with a caring landlord. If we were assured that the construction project had been completed we would stay there again. Dick W [Thank you Dick, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay and are very sorry about the construction! The Italy Perfect Team]
October 3, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by AmyC
The apartment Solare really was perfect for us. Yes, there are more than 60 steps up to the apartment (4th floor American) and the first time with luggage was not easy, but after that it was a breeze. We are a couple in our 60's, in good shape, so the stairs were not a problem. And once we were in the apartment, it was a haven and a home. There are many windows which we would throw open to catch the breezes and the light. The kitchen had a window with a table by which we sat for meals so it was cool and lovely despite the hots days (September).The kitchen was well-equipped and had everything we needed. Just enough pots and pans, an American coffee maker and an espresso coffee maker (stovetop), a toaster, refrigerator, 4 burner cooktop and an oven. I think there was a microwave, but we didn't use it.The living room had a very comfortable sofa, two chairs and a table. This room looked out onto the street. There was also a TV with satellite and some English channels. It was a very comfortalbe and homey room. There was also a Murphy bed which we did not use. The bedroom had a large bed for two (a king, I think). There were very nice sheets, plenty of pillows and plenty of blankets if we had needed them. The room looked out onto the street, but the windows were double-glazed so it was very quiet at night. There was a large armoir which fit all of our clothes nicely (2 people). The bathroom was modern and had everything we needed. No tub, but the shower was excellent. Water pressure was good. Apaartment Solare could not have been nicer. There was also a washing machine and a drying rack. There was air conditioning in the bedroom and the living room which we needed only at night. There is also heat available in the colder months. The owner explained how everything worked. She also stocked the apartment with basic needs which really made our stay more pleasant. The location of Apartment Solare was a ten minute walk from the train station and a 5 minute walk to San Lorenzo. Just a 3 minute walk brought us to the Central Market where there were good restaurants and lots of fresh food vendors. The major sites are 10-15 minutes walk away. The street that the apartment is on was a pedestrian street most of the time and had a few restaurants. There were three grocery stores within 8 minutes walk. We loved the location and felt very safe. The restaurant just below the apartment (Caffe il Sole) looked good for breakfast. We had coffee there one day. There is a bakery on the corner (Vecchio Forno) where we bought yummy treats for dessert and breakfast. The three grocery stores we used were all on via de' Ginori which we would take on the way back from the major sites so it was convenient to pick up groceries on the way home. One of our best meals was at Vecchio Mercato near the Central Market. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.Tip: The washing machine in the apartment, like many washing machines in Europe, is small by American standards. There is no dryer, so you will air dry any washing on the drying rack which is provided. There was a laundromat nearby if you need to do a large load and/or want to get the clothes dried. I would absolutely recommend Italy Perfect. They did a wonderful job prior to our trip keeping us informed. They send lots of really helpful information and they were terrific about communicating. We didn't have any problems but I felt if we had that they and our host would have gone out of their way to solve them.
July 3, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by Tony
The accommodations were excellent and ideal for travelling with one or two children with the Murphy bed in the living room. Location was ideal as very close to the Doumo.We started every day at the Cafe at the entrance of the apartment for coffee and breakfast. Would definitely stay here again.
June 19, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by Rochelle
My husband and I stayed at the Solare for nine nights and couldn't have been happier. Each room is beautifully proportioned, comfortable, and nicely decorated. They also have high ceilings and large windows with views of the street and the sky and the hills in the distance--truly a delight to look out. Chiara, the owner of the property, has thought of everything to make one's stay lovely--she provides a welcome basket with wine, cheese, cookies, and more; chocolate candy at your bedside; a bowl of candy in the hallway; a fully equipped kitchen with both Italian and American coffee; comfortable linens and plush towels; plenty of closet space; and even a cellphone. She was kind enough to make arrangements for a taxi to pick us up to take us to the airport. Another great thing about the apartment is its location--it is very near to the San Lorenzo where you can view the magnificent Michelangelos at the Medici Chapel. The San Marco with the amazing Fra Angelicos is also quite close by. And so is the extraordinary art-filled Santa Maria Novella. The old marketplace is just around the corner with the most beautiful and delicious fruits, vegetables, salamis, hams, and cheeses, and upstairs there is the original "Eataly" with informal places to eat of every description, all delicious, and open until midnight 7 days a week. The next time we are in Florence we will definitely return to the Solare.
June 18, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by Shellie
Our stay could not have been better. The apartment was very comfortable with all the amenities and located in a quiet area close to all the best sights. The owner was welcoming and gracious. We only wish we could have stayed longer. I highly recommend this apartment and the Italy Perfect website.
May 29, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by Victor
Wonderful apartment. Near grocery, open air market, great restaurants. Quiet and comfortable. The host was most helpful.
May 29, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by Victor
This was a great place. The host was most accommodating. A grocery store is nearby, the main Mercato, and many good restaurants. I would definitely request this place again. While some of you may be put off by the three story stair climb, if you are in reasonable condition, it won't be a problem.
May 22, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by FirstTimeItaly
The apartment was in a fabulous location. Close to Duomo, Uffizi, markets, restaurants, coffee shops, shopping and more. We liked climbing the 66 steps so that we could burn calories, because we knew we'd have a great time eating! The little coffee shop next door to the apartment had excellent cappuccino, sandwiches, panini, foccocia, soup, American style breakfast and they opened early! While many restaurants didn't open until 7 or later for dinner, we found a few that served it earlier. We enjoyed every meal at every restaurant. I also prepared several meals during our two week stay, and the apartment kitchen was perfect for that. I found that the cotton setting on the clothes washer was the best one to use. The bed was very comfy. Everything was clean and dust-free. I purchased International cell phone minutes and it was a good thing, because I used them to navigate Florence, and I got lost a couple of times and had to call my man to rescue me. Italy Perfect helped me with planning my trip, and I must say that the trip was flawless. I was nervous about trains, transportation, currency, and everything, and their tips helped a lot.
April 21, 2016 - Website

Solare Review

by Sandra
Italy Perfect is very easy to work with. They were very responsive to my questions when first inquiring and then provided very useful information regarding the unit I was renting which was Solare in Florence. They also provided tips and information on sights to see, places to eat and activities to do. The apartment was in an ideal location which was near where my daughter went to school and walkable to everything. The owner of the unit met me at the unit and explained everything about the unit and even left me a local cell phone to use if I needed. The unit was very clean and a good size and true to the description and pictures online. I would definitely stay again if I am lucky enough to come back
December 15, 2015 - Website

Solare Review

by Cherie T.
Just wanted to provide some feedback on Solare. Chiara, our hostess, was most gracious. Please send a thank you (Grazie mille) to her for making the extra effort and for making our visit with our daughter in Florence so lovely and homey. We had a small issue with water heater...no hot water for shower one morning....and I emailed her and she showed up at the door 30 minutes later and immediately had a plumber or electrician on the phone! 
September 8, 2015 - Website

Solare Review

by Patti
Being the first time I have booked online like this, I was a bit leary.....BUT I have had the best part of my vacation here is this delightful apartment!!! It is great for 1 person and again perfect for 2 people traveling together as good friends. The murphy bed in the living room makes it like a 2 bedroom suite!!! I would stay here many times over and would totally without a doubt recommend to everybody.
September 7, 2015 - Website

Solare Review

by Wes & Andi
We thoroughly enjoyed the comfort and location of the Solare apartment in Florence! Comfortably furnished, clean, all tourist sites were easy to walk to, and the owner/greeter was wonderfully kind and helpful in every way. We found a Brazilian/Italian restaurant just across the street that was so good we ate there twice during our stay -- Paulistano opened in 2015 and we recommend it for good food and friendly service. We enjoyed working with Italy Perfect and look forward to working with them for future travels.
July 8, 2015 - Website

Solare Review

by Linda
Solare was very nice. We were met by the owner and she left us some wine and food to get started, which was lovely. Only thing we didn't like is the bugs (mosquitos) that came in through the open windows. I like fresh air and am used to screens. Otherwise, the place was great. [We are pleased you enjoyed the apartment. Very few homes in Italy have window screens, it is just not the custom there which can be an adjustment. The Italy Perfect Team]
June 17, 2015 - Website

Solare Review

by Ted
Great apartment, clean, perfect location and lots of start up supplies. Easy to get to all of Florence's historic sites and the train station is only 10 minutes easy walk. You can go out for a couple of hours and come back, rest and go back out. Must try the Florence steak, absolutely delicious. Chiara met us and provide with all the information we needed about the apartment and surrounding area. She was friendly and mort than willing to respond to any questions. A great find, you will not be disappointed, remember no lift.
June 12, 2015 - Website

Solare Review

by Omar
Great apartment, perfect location and a very nice and helpful owner. Apartment very clean and has everything you should need. I would stay there again next time in Florence. Make sure you take the walking and winery tour with lunch included.
March 8, 2015 - Website

Solare Review

by Kathleen S
This was our second trip to Florence as arranged by the Italy Perfect staff. As before we rented the Solare apartment thru Italy Perfect because of the location - quieter, without sacrificing access to local amenities. The apartment is very comfortable and well maintained.We enjoyed walking all over the city, includiing a trek from Fiesole back down into Florence. As before, everywhere we went we were welcomed. I am sure that our next trip to Florence will come sooner next time around. Kathleen
February 20, 2015 - Website

Solare Review

by Obermayr
We stayed in Solare at the end of August and beginning September 2014. The apartment was perfect for a young family as our daughter slept in the living room which can double as a second bedroom. The welcome gift was wonderful and our daughter also got a welcome gift which was a wonderful surprise. As well, the owner of the apartment was able to babysit our daughter twice in the evening which was perfect as we could go out with friends in the evening. Overall, the accommodations lived to our expectations.
January 20, 2015 - Website

Solare Review

by Dan Hyde
My wife and I were more than pleased with the Solare apartment in Florence during our recent visit over New Year's. Beginning with the reception from our host who met us on time and provided excellent directions on everything in the apartment from how the stove and dishwasher worked to adjusting the thermostats if we needed some additional heat. Our host made herself available through the week and even provided a cell phone for us to use should we need to contact her. As well the apartment itself was well equipped with ample cooking utensils and dishes. There were had more entertainment options (i.e. TV, DVD player, stereo) than we could use and most importantly a very comfortable bed to sleep in after long days of walking. The location could not have been better, close to the market, train station, Duomo, and the Academia. A reasonably quiet neighbourhood yet very close to all the sites and an easy walk to everywhere.We would certainly look to use the apartment again when we are back in Florence. Finally dealing with Italy Perfect has been a very successful experience. Upon completing our booking we received the most comprehensive package of information and suggestions that we had have seen in many years of travelling and renting apartments. In addition when we asked for a restaurant recommend for New Years dinner we were sent list with comments and we selected the restaurant they thought was best and enjoyed a spectacular meal. Well done Italy Perfect. We would highly recomend Italy Perfect and the Solare apartment.
October 20, 2014 - Website

Solare Review

by Ross McKay
The Solare apartment near the Academie is great. The location for seeing all in Florence on foot is ideal. Once you get over the dark and drab entrance staircase, the apartment will suit your needs. It is well equiped with modern conveniences and well maintained. We enoyed the bakery on the corners for picking up breakfast each day. if you stay off the main tourist squares the restaurants in Florence are fantastic, salades expecially fresh. The ones in the squares are fine for people watching. The central market is close by for those that wish to cook in. I would recommend the unit to anyone for a complete unit for a a few days or week in Florence. We arrived by car, but the train station is walkable as well.
October 13, 2014 - Website

Solare Review

by K and L Donnelly
We enjoyed a great week at this apartment in September 2014. We received a friendly, professional welcome from the owner. It was apparent that she had excelled herself in lots of little touches around the apartment which was cosy, spotlessly clean and very well furnished in a very classy and tasteful manner. We found the immediate surroundings to be safe and homely and were delighted at how close we were to the central attractions. Despite being so close, the actual street below the apartment was not a busy one and we felt sheltered from the main city noise. Sleep is important to us on holiday and we enjoyed seven good nights sleep. The air-conditioning was excellent and the windows in the bedroom had extra internal shutters for added quiet at night. There is an excellent bakers literally seconds from the front door where we bought our breakfast pastries and bread rolls for lunch. The apartment was a couple of minutes away from the Market Central with its wonderful, modern, upper food hall. Having stayed in apartments in Rome, Venice and elsewhere, this was very much up with the best. We have no hesitation in recommending this apartment to couples wishing a romantic break or to visitors wishing to be close to all the major attractions. We hope to be back in the near future. 10 out of 10.
May 31, 2014 - Website

Solare Review

by HappyGuest
We stayed in Solare apartment May 4-9. Everything was wonderful: easy and prompt communication with Lisa at Italy Perfect, nice and clean apartment and Chiara was a great host. We loved the welcoming basket! The location was good close to train station and all the attractions were in walking distance. Loved our time in Florence!!
May 30, 2014 - Website

Solare Review

by Mary
My friend and I spent four beautiful days in the Solare apartment in Florence. We were met, as arranged, by the owner who was gracious, helpful and left us a generous welcome gift of Italian treats. The apartment is very well appointed and clean. It is well located, close to the centre of Florence. There are guide books and a lovely collection of art books. It is a welcome refuge after a day of sight seeing! The stairs are a bit daunting, but you only climb them once with your luggage
May 30, 2014 - Website

Solare Review

by Mary
My friend and I spent four beautiful days in the Solare apartment in Florence. We were met, as arranged, by the owner who was gracious, helpful and left us a generous welcome gift of Italian treats. The apartment is very well appointed and clean. It is well located, close to the centre of Florence. There are guide books and a lovely collection of art books. It is a welcome refuge after a day of sight seeing! The stairs are a bit daunting, but you only climb them once with your luggage.
May 14, 2014 - Website

Solare Review

by Amy
Accommodations were excellent! The location was perfect, easy walking to all of Florence. Really a great spot. Host/owner was so helpful to us, arranging our departure taxi, giving us a cell phone, tips on favorite restaurants and shops. We felt very at home. The flat was beautifully appointed and had everything we needed for a wonderful stay. We would definitely return! We particularly liked Carabe gelato, close to the Academia. We made a day trip by rental car to Assisi. Highly recommended!
May 14, 2014 - Website

Solare Review

by The Barnetts
We totally enjoyed our stay at Solare and can't think of one negative thing to say about the property. First, we loved the location. We drove into Florence and were able to park our car in a garage just around the corner, very convenient. The central market was a highlight of Florence for us and it too is only a two block walk away. Being able to stop by there and pick up the most beautiful vegetables, fresh pasta and meats or fish was such a treat. Plus if you are not a cook there are great restaurants literally a stone's throw away. The owner must be a designer because the her home was charming, spotless, very well appointed and extremely comfortable. I felt like I was staying in a close friend's home. She had provided us with enough groceries to fix a meal the first night there. Don't be concerned about the stairs unless you normally never take stairs. I am in my 60's and didn't have a problem at all. On our next trip to Florence, we will definitely stay here. Thanks to the owner for such a lovely stay.
April 21, 2014 - Website

Solare Review

by Ruth
While a fourth floor walk-up, I enjoyed the exercise. One important note, to conserve energy, the hallway lights are on timers. The only issue for me was bringing my luggage down with the lights turning off halfway down. Bring a flashlight to allow enough time! The apartment itself was perfect for one person. With a whole month to explore the area, I found this place to be conveniently located. Chiara, also, was charming and responsive for anything that came up on a timely basis. The apartment provided all the necessary items and the murphy bed was comfortable for my friend who arrived a couple of weeks later. The only minor inconvenience is the step in the bathroom. After a couple of days, it became second nature but you do have to pay attention. If I return to Florence, I would not hesitate to stay in this lovely apartment. The restaurant at street level was a great local find, with many Italian academic types who frequent it. My favorite restaurant was Le Fonticine on the other side of Mercato Central. Ask for super Mario the waiter and enjoy the florentine steak. This was my first visit to Italy and I enjoyed the adventure of exploring the city and the region in general.
January 12, 2014 - Website

Solare Review

by Lorri
From the moment we selected this apartment all went perfectly! Emails answered immediately and an easy and smooth booking process Apartment was picture perfect, clean, well maintained, charmingly decorated and well equipped! What more could you ask for! Welcome basket upon arrival was such a nice touch. Everything was top notch! Thank you to Lisa and Chiara, you guys are awesome!
November 12, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by Yoko and Richard
The Solare apartment was the most comfortable place we stayed during our three week visit to Italy. Our greeter was so friendly, accommodating and helpful that it made our first visit to Florence relaxing and stress free. We certainly got our daily exercise climbing the three flights of stairs! The location was convenient with the Galleria dell'Accademia just two blocks away. If you see nothing else in Florence, you must see Michelangelo's David. Also, visit the house where Michelangelo once lived which is now Museo di Casa Buonarroti. If you go left from the apartment headed towards Mercado Centrale, the neighborhood a little dicey. However, Trattoria ZaZa is nearby in that area which is a good place for lunch, light snack or dinner. If you go left from the apartment, the neighborhood is definitely more upscale, especially Via Cavour going south towards the Duomo. For the best view and food in Florence, located next to the Arno River, overlooking Ponte Vecchio go to The Golden View. They have a variety of restaurants: formal dining, seafood, bar with jazz and a casual space for light breakfast and snacks. Italy Perfect is terrific!
November 11, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by Preet
Clean apartment. Friendly host. Great location. Everything I could ask for.
November 9, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by Fiore
When we arrived the owner was there to personally greet us. Very gracious and bent over backwards to show us the unit and how it all worked. Her unit is very clean. You can tell she has put alot of thought into refurbishing the apartment and making it very comfortable. The location is perfect, just a block or so to the Central Market and not much further to the Duomo and Accadamia.We are vacation rental owners and are very aware of presentation,cleanliness etc. This unit is great and we would recommend it to anyone 100%. We hope to return.
October 15, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by Melissa
The place was comfortable with lots of light. The living room overlooks rooftops with hills in the background. The location was great. We walked to everything. There was an Information Center nearby; a grocery store around the corner that had everything we needed. The Mercato Centrale was only a few blocks away. There was some street sound, but it felt atmospheric. When the windows were closed, we couldn't hear anything. It was hot, so we closed the windows to run the air conditioners, which worked perfectly. In fact, everything worked perfectly. The wifi connection was excellent. I slept on the Murphy's bed, which was very comfortable and easy to get up and down. The water pressure is good in the shower with plenty of hot water. There's lots of light in the bathroom. The owner was wonderful-so easy to work with and friendly. She was outside waiting for us when we arrived. She takes the extra steps to make the place special-such as a welcome basket with a bottle of wine. She provided coffee. There's a toaster. We had espresso and toast every morning. (We bought whole wheat bread from the Mercato Centrale.) She has a binder with all the info one might need, including instructions on how to use everything. She provides a loaner phone with all the numbers one might need. She's there for you if you need her. We stayed five nights and everything went so smooth that we never had to contact her. We thought the stairs we're pretty easy to climb. The two-minute timer on the light is plenty of time to get upstairs, unless you have trouble with your key. (We had some trouble with our keys, but always got in. The one time the light went out on us, Chiara had provided a key with a flashlight, so even then we got in.) We took the train. If you trust the directions provided, you'll easily walk to the apartment in 15 minutes. We booked through Italy Perfect. They take the extra steps to make sure one's trip is easy and memorable.
September 28, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by M&M
Solare was the perfect location for our first visit to Florence. After recovering from the 66 stairs with our luggage, everything else was a breeze. Our greeter kindly showed us how everything in the apartment worked and even left us a mobile phone to use! The street outside the apartment is a bit gritty, but it's close to everything, and the market just down the street has everything you need from fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and fresh pasta to wine, allowing guests to make full use of the well-equipped kitchen. Once the outer shutters are closed and the AC is turned on, the apartment is peaceful and quiet, despite the often boisterous activities in the streets below in this densely populated area near the university. Solare is a real gem and a great bargain in a perfect location for exploring Florence.
September 2, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by achi
Without any reference other then internet reviews, we were reluctant to commit but decided to take a chance. What a perfect choice! The apartment was charming with all amenitIes including cooking supplies, washer and dryer, and air conditioner. The stairs up were intimidating but even eighty year old grandma had no problem! We would never hesitate to book this space again ... perfect!
August 28, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by CPB
The location was great. The apartment was comfortable. The greeter was welcoming and attentive. Solare was a nice place to stay.
July 5, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by BeachLovers
We spent 2 weeks in Italy and without a doubt, the highlight of our trip was the stay in the Solare apartment. Not only is the apartment centrally located to the train station and walking distance from any of the major sights, but it is on a quiet street with a lovely view of the Tuscan mountains in the distance. It gets a lovely breeze when you open the windows, and you can hear the church bells ringing. While the 66 step climb may deter some, we found it invigorating and not at all a problem. The owner Chiara greeted us with a personal walk through and left a lovely basket with wine and pasta and biscotti for us that proved really useful when we came home from a long day of travels during our stay. She provided maps and information about buses and even called a taxi for us the day we were leaving. It was nice to know she was available if we needed anything. The wireless was flawless. The murphy bed was easy to use and very comfortable. The laundry facilities worked great (you line dry as with most places). Even more importantly, we felt the whole experience in renting through Italy Perfect to be a breeze and we had the chance to ask a lot of questions of our contact, Lisa, who was very helpful about non-apartment info even like whether to rent a car or not to visit Parma, etc. Very professional, very timely responses, it was just a seamless and trustworthy organization. So not only do we highly recommend this particular apartment (where we hope to return one day!) but Italy Perfect in general is a class operation. Thank you for helping make for a memorable trip to Florence.
June 30, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by Peter
Overall, we had a good experience with this apartment, aside from the laundry issue and having to climb so many stairs. The apartment is very convenient to the city center. The Duomo, Mercate Central, and other attractions are just a short walk away. The Centro Market is half a block away on Via De Ginori and has everything you need. Small storefronts nearby also have soda, beer, wine, milk, and groceries when you need them. The train station (Santa Maria Novella) is a 15-minute walk. We found an excellent brewpub on Nazionale called Mostodolce. Good burgers and pub food. Also plenty of house brews. Excellent pizza at La Dantesca near the train station, and inexpensive as well. The little cafe downstairs has good deals on food; she opens early and is closed by 9 PM. You will find real values when shopping for fresh food, bread, and wine at the Mercate Central. Even the refrigerated pasta (made fresh) at Centro is outstanding. We never had a bad meal in Florence. Ditto Sienna and Lucca, the Cinque Terre, and Venice. One tip - avoid buying meals and gelato near the Ponte Vecchio, as you will pay much higher prices in this touristy area. The Solare apartment is up 66 steps on the fourth floor. A bit of a challenge for those with physical disabilities, as there is no elevator. [That is why we provide so much detail on the website: the exact number of stairs, that there is no elevator, that it is not recommended for people with disabilities. We are sorry you somehow overlooked this information which is so clearly stated in much detail multiple times on the website. - Italy Perfect] Accommodations were basic; the mattress was quite hard (not uncommon in Europe). We doubled it up with the mattress from the Murphy bed. [We have since added a memory foam mattress topper. - Italy Perfect] The air conditioning worked very well in the bedroom (useful for keeping the room quiet at night), not as well in the living room. The kitchen is well appointed, although small. You don't have a lot of room to maneuver if more than one person is preparing a meal. It was convenient to have a clothes washer. But you will need to set up drying racks (they take up a lot of room) and the two clotheslines outside the kitchen aren't very long. The spin cycle in the washer didn't work correctly; we had to wring out clothes in the shower before drying them. Mosquitoes and biting flies were a problem with the windows open at night. The plug-in repellents seem to work very well, I highly recommend buying one during mosquito season.
June 20, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by Cindy
Truly enjoyed our stay in the apartment. Very close to train station, our choice of travel.
June 1, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by Marlo
Italy Perfect provided us with excellent information when we rented the Solare unit. This information proved very beneficial as this was our first trip to Europe. Solare is located just a few blocks from the museums and historic center of Florence. The unit was clean and well maintained. Our host was very friendly and made sure we understood how the television and all appliances operated. There is a grocery store about a block from Solare and numerous restaurants in the area. We ate at several and enjoyed them all. Our morning cappuccino was found just outside the front door at a wonderful little cafe. Our experience at Solare exceeded our expectations.
March 24, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by Debra
I was in Italy alone for three weeks taking a painting course and the Solare was a perfect fit for me. Not too big, not too small. Chiara was very helpful upon arrival and answered all e-mail questions promptly. The apartment is in a great location, walking distance to everything, but removed just enough to be out of the tourist crowds that you feel like a local. The walk up the stairs is not a problem at all as you do so much walking in Florence you get in good shape, but the hallways could be nicer. The street has a drug store, bakery, grocery store, wine, pizza, and chocolate shops, and the central market is two blocks away! The best restaurant by far was right downstairs, Cafaggi (sp?) Don't be put off by the closed curtains, it is a great family run place with excellent service and food. Also very nice was Giannino in San Lorenzo on Via Borgo San Lorenzo. It is the one with the yellow "Ristorante" sign on the main street from the Duomo to the apartment. I would avoid ZaZa, it was a noisy tourist trap.
January 13, 2013 - Website

Solare Review

by Judy, Kira and Maia
The apartment was a perfect spot to spend a week during the Christmas holidays with my 2 daughters. One, a student in Florence and the other a senior in High School. We had lots of room to spread out, cook fabulous meals and do our laundry! The proximity to all the sites made every morning and evening inspirational. Go out for a walk at any hour to see the sites in a variety of light and weather conditions. A foggy night makes everything magical! Some of our favorites were the Duomo museum-buy the combo ticket-- tour the museum, climb the campanile and enter the baptistery. Restaurant faves were Acqua al 2,Trattoria Osteria da quèGanzi, Gusta Pizza. Shop the mercato centrale-buy freshly made pasta, vegetables, bread and cook in the fully equipped kitchen! Try the Vernaccia di San Gimignano white wine as a contrast to all the wonderful Chianti. Italy Perfect made our visit easy, pleasant and as perfect as could be!
November 15, 2012 - Website

Solare Review

by Mary Lavalle and Mary Becker
We do not have enough space to tell you how nice we thought Solare was for us. Chiara was very gracious welcoming us with a basket of pasta, sauce and wine. The decor and space was perfect. Everything concerning the apartment and surrounding area was spelled out in a notebook, even having the temps for the washer available. We did cook on the days we came back so tired we did not want to climb the three floors of stairs again. Location was perfect, close to the cenral market, Accadamia, train station, wonderful resturants, etc. Very user friendly. Be sure to remind clients to make advance reservations for the Uffizi, David,Sienna, etc to make their visit easier. If they have extra time recommend they jump on a train for a day trip to Lucca, fun. A warning about the gypsies would be helpful. Italy Perfect will always be recommended to our friends. Lisa was wonderful!
September 26, 2012 - Website

Solare Review

by Sonia C
A perfect pied a terre in the middle of Florence made our stay. The owner is absolutely lovely and kind. Her little touches made us feel so welcome. The location is perfect. It's enough off the "track" that there isn't the "tourist" noise. However, the apartment is accessible to ALL the "tourist" sites. The apartment itself is simply peaceful and lovely. The ONLY caveat...be prepared to walk up stairs. The little cafe 2 doors down from the apartment is a perfect little place for a quick bite. And the bakery at the corner is divine. Solare absolutely was the perfect place to stay whilst in Florence.
September 18, 2012 - Website

Solare Review

by Danny and Marie
We spent 8 nights at Solare and were very comfortable. We especially liked staying in the residential area, but very close to all the tourist sights. We are very fit so walked everywhere and the stairs did not bother us at all. Every amenity that you would need is close by, grocery store, bank, pharmacy, restaurants, bars, Market, gelato, and everyone is very friendly. The apt is very clean, and well set up. You must shop at the market and make some meals at home. Chiara met us and spent a good 30 minutes showing us how everything worked, where everything was and gave us extra information. The welcome basket is a lovely touch and very much appreciated. There was even chocolates on our night stand. This is a very well set up Rental Property and the Wi Fi Internet is very good..We were in Florence for the heat wave this August so were pleased to have the air conditioning in the bedroom and living room, which worked very well.Thanks Chiara. We took several tours with ArtViva Walking Tours of Florence and were very pleased with their guides and small groups. The Market Tour and Italian cooking lesson was so much fun. Some restaurants we enjoyed were, Ristorante Pepo, Via Rosina on the way to the Mercato Market. La Giostra Ristorante, a very nice restaurant On Borgo Pinti. Ristorante la Maremma on Via Verdi near Plaza Santa Croce. We felt very safe in this area . Italy Perfect sent us all the information we would need to stay in Florence, sight see and enjoy Italian life. They are very easy to work with and I would definitely use them again and stay at this apt.
August 10, 2012 - Website

Solare Review

by Julie and Alan
The Solare apartment was perfect for our week in Florence. We were able to walk to all of the major attractions, and it is an easy walk to the train station and to the central market. We did not mind the stairs at all. The owner was so gracious and showed us how to use everything in the apartment. She even left us a gift basket and cold water in the fridge. We had our two children (ages 9 and 12) with us, and they loved the Murphy bed in their room. The wireless connection worked great, and we cooked every meal in the well equipped kitchen. We hope to return to this wonderful apartment next summer.
June 20, 2012 - Website

Solare Review

by Gloria
My 2 adult daughters and I enjoyed 5 wonderful days in the Solare apartment. It was a 4-flight walk up...but not a big deal. The steps were not difficult. Just don't forget anything in the apartment! The location was perfect: just a couple of blocks to the Academia Gallery and a couple of blocks to the Duomo and the market centrale. It's a short walk from the train station, Santa Maria Novella. In fact, once you learn the streets, you will realize that you can walk everywhere.  Chiara (owner) was in the apartment on time and went over every detail with us. She was lovely...she gave us a gift basket with pasta, sauce, cheese, biscotti and wine! We had our first night's meal in the apartment. She gave us detergent for the washing machine. The WIFI was perfect...had absoultely no problems. She even left us a cell phone in case we needed to contact her. The murphy bed in the living room was very comfortable, as was the bed in the master bedroom. Chiara has a journal in the wall unit of the living room where everyone can write comments. The restaurant recommended by all was a place called ZaZa's which is located behind the mercato centrale. Go there! The food is fantastic, portions are large and the prices are reasonable. Across the way is a great gelato place...they make their own. Definitely go to the mercato centrale and buy fresh pasta, vegetables, etc. Cook in your apartment and taste the fantastic flavor of fresh food! We took a side trip to Siena and San Gimignano. Siena was great: wine tour, tuscan pizza, tour of the church (with a tour guide). San Gimignano was a tourist trap. Pretty shops, nothing else. Oh yes! We took a cooking course in Florence. That was fantastic. They give you the recipes and we made them for Father's Day dinner. The name of the company was La Tavola and we booked it through Viator. Wish we could have taken more courses. Have a great trip and enjoy the apartment! Gloria, Jackie & Christine
May 25, 2012 - Website

Solare Review

by Joan Adcock
Our accommodations were wonderful. Very clean and updated decor. The kitchen was completely furnished and the appliances were new. This particular apartment was on the top floor (66 steps) with no elevator. It's doable but not if you can't do stairs. I highly recommend this apartment.
April 28, 2012 - Website

Solare Review

by barb
I enjoyed a week in Florence and loved the apartment's location. I was able to to get to delicious food, fantastic art and awesome shopping. What else could you want? The bed was very comfortable and there was plenty of room for the two of us. The bathroom has a step so be careful! The hostess was VERY helpful she was available when needed for questions. The treats that were left for us was very special. The chocolates were divine.
April 21, 2012 - Website

Solare Review

by Patricia S
The apartment was perfect for me while I was attending school. It was clean and comfortable with nice decorating touches...would be fine for two people. There are a lot of stairs, which I did not mind (I'm over 60) but the apartment is not for you if stairs are a problem. I felt completely safe in the neighborhood. The main tourist sites and shopping are all close but just outside where crowds gather.
April 14, 2012 - Website

Solare Review

by Elaine
This apartment was perfect for our 3 week stay on Florence. It is walkable to all the sights in Florence but still located on a quiet street. There are tons of restaurants within a block, as well as a bakery and supermarket. The 4 flights of stairs is not a big deal, it just helps you work off all the pasta! The apartment is also nicely decorated and well-equipped. Chiara, the owner, is also super helpful. Overall we were really pleased with our stay here.
April 9, 2012 - Website

Solare Review

by The McCrarys
Our stay at Solare couldn't have been better. We especially loved the location and the proximity to the train station and the central market. The hospitality was amazing and the apartment was clean and just perfect for us. We especially enjoyed spending St. Patrick's Day at the Dublin Pub with dinner at Za Za's after. (Best meal we had the entire week.) We thoroughly enjoyed attending Sunday mass at San Marco's. The highlight of the trip was the Vespa tour through Chianti (booked through Viator.com). We can't wait to go back and are telling everyone we know to check out Italy Perfect for their next vacation in Italia!
March 10, 2012 - Website

Solare Review

by Joe & Cherry
This was our second stay at Solare. The apartment is in a super location for discovering Florence (i.e. market, duomo, etc.) and to branch out into Italy further (train station nearby). We spent 9 nights at the apartment with our two children - which worked great - buying fresh ingredients at the market and preparing dinner as a family was super. There are also multiple, small, non touristic restaurants nearby situated around the market (read the reviews in the apartment for ideas). The apartment itself is very well equipped and immaculate, the stairway is not as daunting as it might seem. We would absolutely recommend Solare and Italy Perfect. Our second stay was intentional as the first stay was so memorable.
November 16, 2011 - Website

Solare Review

by Al30
My wife and I stayed at the Solare apartment for 19 days in October 2011. Overall, we could not have been more pleased. The apartment was meticulously maintained and the owner was a cordial, delightful and accomodating host. She thought of everything including maps, a looseleaf binder explaining the operation of each applicance (first rate stove, washer, dishwasher), restaurant tips, and hours of area attractions. Although we did not need to call her, we felt that if it were necessary, Chiara would have been on site within minutes. For us, the location was ideal. We intended to do quite a bit of cooking while in Florence and the proximity of the wondereful central market (5 minute walk) was a big plus. We also chose Solare because of its location near (but not too near) to the S.M.N. (main) train station and the inter-city bus depot (about 10-15 minute walk). We used Solare and Florence as a "home base" from which to take 2-day trips to other Tuscan and Umbrian cities (like Assisi and Siena) as well as day trips to places like Lucca and San Gimignano. It was no problem to pull a small overnighter from apartment to station. All of the sites and neighborhoods of Florence were within 20 minutes or less walk from Solare. Be sure to visit DaVino, the "vino sfuso" shop around the corner on the way to the market. Bring (or buy there) an empty liter bottle and they will fill it with your choice of 7-8 delicious Chianti regional wines for 3-4 euros per liter. The wine is delivered in bulk direct from the vineyards. And the owner is absolutely charming! That said, a few words of caution. If you have any heart, breathing, or physical health problems, the 4th floor location (without elevator) WILL be a problem for you, and a major one depending on how severe your condition. The steps were steep and hauling our large suitcases up at the beginning of our stay was a physical challenge. The street on which Solare is located is well trafficked and in the late evenings, especially towards the weekends, the students (the university is nearby) can be noisy and somewhat rowdy (nothing serious, but a light sleeper beware). It did not bother us but it might bother some. The building corridors are dimly lit and somewhat dingy (although the aprtment is bright, cheerful, and totally charming) so just be prepared to ignore this (Chiara provides a flashlight on the keychain because it is next to impossible to get up the steps before the timer shuts off the hall lights; this is a building issue and not the fault of Chiara). In short, there are more luxurious apartments (and more expensive!) and neighborhoods that might for some be a bit more attractive (we liked the feel of the Oltrano side of the Arno and San Niccolo neighborhood) but the combination of the nearby market and station as well as the overall central location made this a perfect choice for us and for someone who plans to use Florence as a hub for daytrip or overnight exploring of Tuscany.
October 7, 2011 - Website

Solare Review

by Donna
My husband and I stayed in the Solare apartment for 5 nights in September. It was perfect.The owner keeps the place immaculate and well equipped. It is the only time we have stayed in a vacation rental that the owners photos actually don't convey how great the apartment is decorated and the space used. You feel like a resident of the city but as a visitor it is a great location for walking to museums,and all historical points of interest in the city center.Neighborhood markets, restaurants, bakeries all within a block or two yet the Solare offers privacy (4th floor)and comfort. The owner is terrific and very helpful.
August 2, 2011 - Website

Solare Review

by Kathy
I stayed here with my two daughters who are 11 and 15, and it worked perfectly. When we booked, Lisa was great and quick in responding. Chiara, our hostess in Florence was sweet, and great at going over the details of the apartment. Solare was very clean and well stocked to meet our needs while on holiday. Good location, short walk to all the attractions in the City centre, close to a small grocery. As noted in the property details, this is a top floor apartment, so it does have a lot of stairs, but this was not an issue for us. We did enjoy one day of shopping at the Centrale Mercati, which has lots of vendors with fresh foods and is almost just around the corner. We purchased pasta and Pesto from one of the merchants there, and had a wonderful pasta meal, probably the best Pesto I have ever had.Did also get a chance to eat at Za Za which is a very short walk, the food was excellent and service friendly. Would have no hesitation recommending Italy Perfect or Solare to anyone looking for a charming place to stay in Florence.
July 24, 2011 - Website

Solare Review

by S.S.
Back from our holidays, and wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed staying at the Solare apartment in Florence.  Chiara was great, I called her when we arrived at the train station and she was all ready to meet us. Very thorough in explaining everything about the apartment. The location was great, very close to walk to all the sights and the apartment was nice and clean and very well equipped.    Thanks again, next time we head out to Italy we will book with you again! Back from our holidays, and wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed staying at the Solare apartment in Florence.  Chiara was great, I called her when we arrived at the train station and she was all ready to meet us. Very thorough in explaining everything about the apartment. The location was great, very close to walk to all the sights and the apartment was nice and clean and very well equipped. Thanks again, next time we head out to Italy we will book with you again!
July 22, 2011 - Website

Solare Review

by Donna L.
From the warm and cordial greeting to the cleanliness to the location, everything about the Solare apartment was perfect for us. The apartment is darling, so cute and well taken care of. We were so comfortable and happy, everything worked perfectly and was just what we had hoped for for our Florence stay. Despite the hot summer temperatures outside the Solare apartment was a cool retreat!
July 15, 2011 - Website

Solare Review

by Marcie
The Solare apartment was cozy and convenient for our needs. The owner Chiara was perfectly lovely and left home-warming gifts for us to enjoy. I will note that the staircase was not only four stories up but also very dark, also, because Florence is very hot in the summer, the apartment was hot in the afternoons when we came back from a long day of touring. We were very concerned about the AC overload so we tried to conserve which caused us to be somewhat uncomfortable. The apartment worked but it was not ideal. I'm sorry you didn't find the stairwell light in the downstairs entry which illuminates the stairwell. It's on a timer, by Italian law. The A/C works well, sorry you were worried about overloading the circuit. Chiara probably warned you to be careful not to overload the circuit by running two power-hungry appliances at the same time such as the A/C and washer or dishwasher or hairdryer. This is the standard practice for all Italian homes. Lisa Italy Perfect
July 10, 2011 - Website

Solare Review

by D. Bobrowska
My senior mother and I stayed at Solare in late May. It was already quite hot and we were happy with the A/C. The apt is very clean and cozy and has a well equipped kitchen - we had a thoroughly enjoyable stay. I was expecting the second bed in the living room to be a fold-out couch but it turned out to be a very comfortable murphy bed with a proper mattress. So much better. Thanks to Chiara for being a wonderful hostess. She had left a gift basket, guide books and maps and there are good restaurant recommendations for the neighborhood from previous guests. The apt is in a good location - not too much street noise, fairly close to everything (we walked everywhere) and we never felt unsafe. Yes there are stairs but if you are reasonably fit and able, it is ok. My mother is 72 and managed just fine. You wouldn't want to forget something though. Of the other agenecies we looked at and another we booked with for a later leg of our trip, we found Italy Perfect to be just fabulous. They provided lots of information regarding the apt and arm guests with detailed general info about Florence/Italy and were quick to reply to any emails. Highly recommend Italy Perfect and Solare!
July 9, 2011 - Website

Solare Review

by Lori
We just returned home and wanted to thank you and Chiara for our wonderful stay. Chiara could not have been more helpful.  We loved the apartment, it was in a perfect location. Thanks again.
June 28, 2011 - Website

Solare Review

by Clyde
From the first time we met our landlord we were impressed with accomodations. We were met at the front door, taken up the stairs, and were then briefed on every aspect of the apartment and surrounding area. Great location--nice appartment--wonderful host. We had a grand time using the apartment as our base. Easy walk to the train station and all points of interest in Florence. We would return in a heartbeat and will recommend to our friends. Only drawback is the 4 flights of steps to the top--be prepared but you do get used to it.
May 1, 2011 - Website

Solare Review

by Jody
My friend and I stayed for a week to visit my daughter at school. Solare was updated, charming and very clean. The welcome basket and information booklet really helped orient us after our long travel. The location was ideal because we could walk to every museum as well as the train/bus station. I did use the second bed which was a pull down and found it comfortable. Our greeter was sweet and helpful. I recommend looking in the guest book for restaurants because there are many tourist restaurants. The condo is on the 4th floor which helped us work off our daily gelato treat!
January 8, 2011 - Website

Solare Review

by Anne
Great location and perfect little apartment for our stay in Florence. Loved all the little touches. We shopped at the Mercato Centrale and ate several meals in.
November 26, 2010 - Website

Solare Review

by Joe Ramaker
Great property, worked well with our family of four (2 adults, 2 children ages 8 and 2). Only drawback were the steps, could also become loud at night. Great central location for Florence and railway station for visiting other cities. La Burasca, small restaurant nearby (close to market) Owner was very pleasant and helpful. Recommended driver was also very kind and attentive.
October 30, 2010 - Website

Solare Review

by George & Gracie's Mom
Solare is the perfect choice if you want a sunny, beautifully decorated, impeccably clean, comfortable, well equipped accommodation within walking distance of just about everything you want to see and do in Florence.  The owner is a wonderfully warm, thorough and extremely helpful woman whose primary concern is that of the comfort of her guests.  She welcomed me with a generous gift basket of Tuscan "goodies" which was unexpected and sincerely appreciated.  I felt very safe here and loved the sense of being part of the neighborhood - especially visiting the little cafe next door in the morning for cappucino.  Yes, the apartment is on the top floor and making it up 4 flights of stairs at the end of a long day can be daunting but the reward at the top is worth the effort!  I would recommend Solare to anyone looking for an economical (not to mention spacious and comfortable) alternative to an expensive hotel room.  Thank you for sharing your lovely home with me, Chiara.  It was, by far, one of the best vacations I've ever had.
July 11, 2010 - Website

Solare Review

by two canny geordies
We found our accomodation in Florence to be of the highest standard. We were met by the oner who was charming and very helpful and surprised us by leaving lots of lovely goodies which we were certainly not expecting. We loved the fact that, being on the top floor we had lovely views over the rooftops to the Tuscan hills. Bear in mind that this is a typical Italian apartment and there is no lift, we are in our mid sixties and pretty fit but if you struggle with stairs then this apartment would not be for you! We liked the location, we were on minutes from the central market where we went to meet up with the locals and to buy some beautiful homemade Italian ready meals. There were also some very good eating places in the market area. We used local transport and the SITA buses to travel around and found it all very easy,most people spoke English and were very eager to help you. We thought the service from Italy Perfect was fantastic, whenever I e-mailed Lisa with a query she would get back to me very quickly with good advice. All in all our holiday was fantastic and we would whole heartedly recommend Italy Perfect.
June 7, 2010 - Website

Solare Review

by Vivienne & John
We are back in England after an exciting and amazing visit to Italy. We wanted to thank you for the excellent information you supplied to us before our trip, we found it very helpful and all of our travel arrangements went very smoothly. Our apartment was lovely and Chiara was so kind to us leaving lovely thoughtful little welcome gifts. We have been very pleased with the service we have received from your company and wouldn't hesitate to use you again.
May 20, 2010 - Website

Solare Review

by Michael E Kurkul
If you want to feel like a local, this is the place. Solare is centrally located to many of Florence's top attractions. We had a wondeful experience in this unit. Everything you need is located nearby. It also is a very economical choice and very well maintained. The only drawback is the lack of an elevator. After a long day, the steps could be tiring. Nicely decorated. … great people watching from the windows…felt like we were locals…. welcome basket was a nice touch.
April 29, 2010 - Website

Solare Review

by Paul
We had a delightful stay in the Solare apartment. Everything was just as it appears on the website, clean, bright and comfortable. A lot of care has been taken to ensure guests are comfortable. We really appreciated the very nice welcome greeting and had a delightful stay in the apartment. We recommend it highly. The location was perfect, we walked everywhere. Plenty of good restaurants in the neighborhood.

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Things to See & Do

Mercato Centrale (3 mins Walking)
Largest farmer's market in the center of Florence. On the second level is a great food-court with many different kinds of restaurants.
Medici Chapels (6 mins Walking)
Part of the San Lorenzo church, the monumental chapel and tombs of the Medici family with statues by Michelangelo some considered to be among his finest work.
Duomo (8 mins Walking)
Florence's famous and glorious cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, beautiful to gaze at since the 1300s. Don't miss and, if you can, read about -- then visit the amazing dome by Brunelleschi erected without scaffolding!
Piazza della Repubblica (10 mins Walking)
A great piazza of Florence. The shape reflects its role as the forum in Roman times. Now it has fine palaces and a triumphal arch and colonnaded sidewalks. You will see street artists, impromptu musical performances and a colorful merry-go-round. Glitterati in the fancy cafes.
Via Tornabuoni (12 mins Walking)
Florence's designer shopping street that is closed to traffic. Wonderful and fascinating shops.
Ponte Vecchio (14 mins Walking)
Awesome ancient bridge over Florence's Arno river that has survived 800 years. Famous for the shops of goldsmiths along its length.
Piazza Ognissanti (16 mins Walking)
Central piazza with a fine Baroque church. Find the fresco of Amerigo Vespucci as a child in the Vespucci chapel! Amerigo as in America;-) Car rental offices are in this area.
Uffizi Gallery (16 mins Walking)
One of the greatest museums in the world. The defining collection of Renaissance art. A tour is recommended.
Accademia (20 mins Walking)
Home of the original David by Michelangelo, his dramatic Bound Slaves and a very nice museum.

Public Transport

Firenze S. M. Novella (9 mins Walking)
Florence Santa Maria Novella main train station

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