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Lovely place at Leonardo Apartment

I would like to thank you and Sharmila for the use of the lovely place at Leonardo Apartment in September. It was very comfortable and convenient, and helped us to feel at home in Florence

The apartment is clean, quiet, beautifully decorated

We had a wonderful time. The apartment is located in such a warm, central neighborhood...close to everything but in an area that still has the flavour of a real community. One guidebook we read said that Leonardo is the last remaining authentic neighborhood in the historic center and we felt that way too. The apartment is clean, quiet, beautifully decorated and in a wonderful old building with lovely rooftop vistas and cathedral chimes...what more could we want ? Your service was very reliable throughout the whole process from booking on . This was the second time we rented the same apartment and I would go back tomorrow if I could.

How wonderful our stay in Florence was !!!

I just want to let all of you know how wonderful our stay in Florence was. Leonardo Apartment were just perfect for my sister`s and my families. The apartments were lovely, well appointed, comfortable and so well located! St. Croce is such a nice part of the city. We were able to walk anywhere from there. All of you were so helpful as we made our plans. Thank you for looking into someone cooking a meal for us. Mrs. Brogi was so sweet to bring us a Poinsettia so that we had some Christmas cheer in the apartment. I will certainly be recommending Florence Villas to all our our friends! Hope the new year is full of health and joy for you all.

It is quiet, charming, and very comfortable

Leonardo Apartment was perfect for our party of five adults. It is quiet, charming, and very comfortable. The location is great; we took interesting walks in every direction. There is a small convenient grocery less than a block away, and we found several nice restaurants and shops in the immediate area. And of course, the church of Santa Croce is just across the plaza.

We had a wonderful holiday in Italy

We had a wonderful holiday in Italy. Everyone was friendly and helpful. People were very kind in being happy to speak English so our lack of Italian language skills was not a problem. We were very happy with Leonardo Apartment - it`s location was so central in Florence we could walk everywhere, even with children of 2, 6 and 8 years old. The apartment was really clean and the bedrooms spacious. The stairs were a little challenging with our suitcases and children but it`s great location far outweighed that issue. It was an ideal base to explore by train - we went to Pisa, Lucca and Siena by train - they were always on time, air conditioned and we always easily got a seat! Very different to English overcrowded trains! Our advice to first time visitors to Italy is to get to the Uffizzi for when it opens or pre book as it is so busy you may have to wait 2 hours to get in ! Also, make time to go to Siena - it was our first visit there and we loved it. Finally, indulge in Italian ice cream - amazing! We ate a lot at Pizza Lorenzaccio Trattoria on the Uffizzi square - such a beautiful location, the food was delicious and the waiters were so welcoming to the children they wanted to go back again and again! Thank you to Sharmilla and Florence Villas for your good service - you always responded quickly to e-mails and the holiday went very smoothly. We have already recommended your company to friends.
Ruth Harter

Had a wonderful time

Thanks for arranging our stay at Villa Pandolfini 1 . Sharmila, I am sorry I did not get the chance to meet you. Tosca spoke of you glowingly. We had a nice time during our stay and enjoyed the villa. We chose the villa because it was within walking distance to a town (La Signa) and the train station to Florence. That worked out very well. We were able to get about without a car. The local restaurants were superb; the people friendly; and the train was just two stops to central Florence. At the same time, the estate is spacious, with beautiful country grounds and a nice swimming pool. Great location for day trips also. Lucca, Pisa, Siena all can be reached by train. Tosca was very nice. We enjoyed talking with her and learning about the estate. Re: Italy, they stay up late (though not as late as Spain)! It took a few days of being the only people in the restaurant at 8:00 pm to understand the schedule. After that, we got into it!

Villa was built in the Renaissance as a hunting lodge for nobles who wanted a quick escape from Florence

You will be in, of course, with my highest recommendation. Villa Pandolfini 1 was built in the Renaissance as a hunting lodge for nobles who wanted a quick escape from Florence. These days, at just 12 kms out of town, it is practically suburban. Yet once you cross through the gates you will feel like you are in another world. The villa is the centre of an agricultural estate that stretches across the hills above the Arno here. There are grapevines and olives (you can sample the estate-bottled produce of both) and several rental properties scattered throughout. We stay at the main villa, which is subdivided to provide one rental apartment, one condominium and the home of the owners of the estate. The guest accommodation comprises two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a sitting room. You actually enter through the back of the main building, where a loggia runs along the ground floor and everything looks out over a formal garden. All the rooms are generously sized and palatially decorated. Every ceiling (hovering at least 16 feet above the floor) is painted; 19th century frescos designed to evoke the original renaissance feel of the place. The main bedroom has a king-sized bed, a fireplace, arm chairs, a massive museum-quality baroque mirror and French doors that lead out onto the veranda that runs across the front of the of the villa. The second bedroom has a double bed and a twin. The kitchen is big enough to fit a table that comfortably seats eight and has all the modern conveniences. In addition, there is a massive fireplace and an old marble sink to give an old world feel. The sitting room is dominated by a towering mirror and a portrait of the Prat family, French aristocrats who escaped here after the revolution. (Napoleon was later a visitor.) The furniture is both comfortable and grand. The best feature of this room, however, is the tall pair of French doors that lead out to the loggia and garden. The loggia has well-cushioned wrought iron furniture for lounging or dining (we eat by candlelight here most nights). The gardens you look over are shared by the occupants of the adjacent lemon house (another holiday rental) and the family that owns the condominium, yet we rarely see anyone but the gardener. We frequently play games of bocce across the gravel here, and make lemonade from the ripe fruit that falls from the potted trees that ring the fountain. Villa Pandolfini 1 pool is a 10-minute walk up the hill behind the villa. (If you are not fit, you can drive.) It sits in an idyllic position in the olive grove, overlooking the city of Florence and the roofs and towers of neighbouring villas. Though the pool is also shared by occupants of other rental properties, it is rare to run into other guests. You are more likely to come across the famiglia Broggi in the late afternoon, taking a quick dip before dinner.

The Villa is what people dream of when they think of a Tuscan villa

Our experience from start to finish with both of you, Elizabeth, and Mrs. Brogi was great. The patience Ranjani showed throughout the months of reserving, making deposits, and the numerous questions I had was admirable. She was always thorough in her responses and very helpful. I do have a few lessons learned that I will share later in this email that might be useful for future travelers. The bottom line: Our stay at the Villa Pandolfini 1 was nothing short of fabulous. It was everything we had hoped for, and more. We were blown away. Although we were to spend a few days in Monaco and then a week in Rome, everyone agreed that we could have spent our entire vacation at the Villa. We stepped back into another century. There are so many words to describe the villa: beautiful, peaceful, historic--a true treasure. TheVilla Pandolfini 1 is what people dream of when they think of a Tuscan villa. Over and over again, my wife, sister, brother-in-law, and me would be enjoying the spectacular loggia and take turns saying how incredible the Villa was. And then when we saw the the other lodging on the estate we just shook our heads in disbelief. I was a real hero for having discovered the Villa. After all of the searching for a place to stay near Florence and the hundreds of places that bombarded me on the internet and dealing with a certain degree of uncertainty about whether places were really as good as they appeared I felt like I hit the lottery when I found the Villa Pandolfini 1 . Our reception by Mrs. Brogi was warm and she was so kind to spend time describing Lastra a Signa; the Villa; how, when, where, to eat and shop; and how to get to Florence. She truly opened up her house to us and gave a us a wonderful tour of the kitchen, ballroom, dining room and the functioning offices of the estate where wine and olive oil are still produced. I was especially fascinated with the 12th century foundation and the incredible, huge wooden wine barrels. Right down the road we discovered ceramic factories and were greeted warmly by the owners and taken on a tour of the faculties including watching the painting of the pieces. Within five minutes from the Villa we were in the hill country. We drove without any destination and one little village is more inviting than the next. We also took a wonderful road trip that took us through Chianti and Sienna and some of the most beautiful countryside. There is so much more, but the only way to truly understand is to see it for yourself. I also want to thank you and Elizabeth for your warm reception and the time you spent with us. Big thanks to Elizabeth for getting us tickets to the Uffizi and to you for letting us check our email and for sharing information about Florence and the Villa. We hope to see you again. And, the sooner, the better. Our warm regards to Singnora Brogi. Cheers and have a very Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year,

Such a beautiful, peaceful place, and the apartment is wonderful

We have just returned home to the UK after three wonderful weeks at Villa Pandolfini 1 . I can not describe to you the wonderful feeling when we pulled up thebeautiful drive on that first day - the villa took our breath away. It is such a beautiful, peaceful place, and the apartment is wonderful -beautifully restored and obviously so well loved. Opening the huge doors onto the loggia in the morning made my wife feel like a Renaissance princess,she says! Signora Tosca was so charming, helpful and kind - we wanted for nothing.She even put salt in our dishwasher for us, and her comment you are onholiday, everything must be right just reflects the care and kind attentionwe received. Please pass on our thanks for what has been a restful, delightful holiday inone of the most beautiful places in the world.

It was very spacious and nicelyfurnished with antiques

As a family of 5 persons we have been staying in the "Villa Pandolfini 1 " for a week in last October. We rented the flat on the ground floor of the villa. (2 bedrooms, living room and kitchen) It was very spacious and nicelyfurnished with antiques. (The beds are modern though ;-) ) There is a second apartment in the main villa and an independent building for rent. I was told Ms.Barr is also offering for rent a moderized farmhouse close by .The place is very quiet, but there is only a 10 minute walk to the railway station. (20 min Florence, 40 min Pisa, 80 min Siena). Our hosts have been reliable, courtious and helpful. (they mailed us our supply of Italian coffee which we forgot.)