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Recent Europe reviews

  • Great location, grand apartment, glorious view

    "We just spent a week in this fabulous apartment in the Oltrarno. Rachel was fabulous and accommodating - even when we arrived 6 hours late because one of our flights was canceled. The apartment was truly amazing - 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, large living and dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. We loved this area and ate all dinners within a 10 minute walk of the apartment - all wonderful. To walk over the Ponte Vecchio and be at 'home' within 5 minutes was such a treat - as was watching the New Year's Eve fireworks from the apartment windows. Everything about our stay was perfect and we would definitely stay here again. No car was necessary as the train station can be reached within 15 minutes. We have already begun to mention the apartment to various friends who are planning on traveling to Florence. I researched many, many apartments for our trip and know, without a doubt, that I chose the very best for our price range. Thanks again Rachel!"
    Guest: Kay Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 4, 2015
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  • Great apartment in a great location

    "My family of four (2 adult daughters) stayed at this flat for two weeks and had a wonderful time. The flat isn’t huge, but is more than ample enough to accommodate the family. Each bedroom comfortably held us, with good beds (a pushed together king in one room and a trundle bed in the other) and plenty of closet space to hang things up. The primary bathroom was fine, with a shower over the tub, and the second half-bathroom was a help getting all 4 of us ready in the morning. The kitchen was fully stocked, with a full-size refrigerator, a stove and a dishwasher. There was also ample flatware, silverware and glasses. The kitchen also has a European-style washer/dryer, which got the job done although not quite to American standards (the landlord was kind enough to keep a drying rack in the closet though). The living/dining room was big enough to seat our whole family comfortably, and allow us to watch the World Cup in the evenings. Wireless internet was also provided, and was strong enough to handle all of my family’s various devices concurrently. That was much appreciated. The flat was not air-conditioned, but the London weather was thankfully very accommodating to leaving windows open. An upper floor provided plenty of security, beyond the key to get in the building and well-locked door to the flat. The flat is just off of Kensington High Street which provided easy access to 3 different tube stops. High Street Kensington was closest, but Earl’s Court is just a bit further as is the Holland Park stop. Of course, once you’re in London and on the Tube, you can get ANYWHERE. A Waitrose grocery was just down the block, and we were able to find a number of good pubs and restaurants within a short walk. Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are also fairly close, certainly within walking distance. The photos provided with the listing are very representative of what the flat is like. Communicating with the owner was wonderful. We had a number of emails back and forth with the owner very responsive and truly wanting to help make our visit pleasant. We’re very appreciative of the care we were given. Lastly, while London is obviously an expensive city to visit, we found this property to be a very good value versus an extensive review of other properties. We would highly recommend this property to those considering it!"
    Guest: JK_Dad Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: August 5, 2014
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  • Party of Seven

    "Our stay in the Villa in July was wonderful. We had everything we needed. The location and the villa itself are breathtaking. Our hosts were available and helpful. I would recommend this property to anyone interested in exploring the area of Florence and the surroundings towns. One week was certainly not enough and we all plan to return. We all wished we had taken more down time to spend more time at the villa and great pool. This villa is really a slice of heaven."
    Guest: Christa R. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: September 12, 2014
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Europe Travel Tips

If you’re ready to say goodbye to the U.S. and bonjour, ciao or hola to Europe, here are some country highlights and other tips to get you started on planning your perfect European getaway:

European Travel Tips

There’s a lot to keep in mind when traveling across the pond, especially to a country where you don’t speak the language. Though Europe is a collection of diverse countries, there are some general things to know about this Old World continent that will help you plan and enjoy your trip.

- Learn a few polite key words, standard greetings and salutations in each country that you visit, including: good morning, how are you, I’m fine, thank you and please. Another helpful phrase that needs no explanation is: “Where is the bathroom?”

- In the majority of European locales, waiters and other restaurant workers are paid full salaries and don’t depend on tips as wait staff do in the U.S. It’s standard to leave just a few Euro (unless you have a very large group) as a tip for each meal.

- Before leaving for your trip, make sure your passport is up-to-date, as well as your license if you plan to rent a car. Check in with your bank to let them know you’ll be vacationing in Europe so they are aware and don’t freeze your account. Ask about their credit and debit card policies for ATM use abroad.

- Pack lightly, if you can! Many charming old buildings in Europe don’t have elevators, so it won’t be fun to carry a very heavy bag up several flights of stairs. Also, if you forget some essentials, you should be able to find what you need abroad.

-Purchase converters and adapters so you can charge your phone, dry your hair and plug in your laptop without ruining your devices or blowing out the power.

Italy

Italy is one of the top spots for Americans on their European travels due to its seductive culture, scenic landscapes, ancient history and rich cuisine. Some of the best things to do in Italy are to wander down narrow, ancient streets and duck into various opulent and ancient churches. Indulge in the Italian tradition of a four-hour meal in a fancy restaurant, relishing in “il dolce di fare niente” - the beauty of doing nothing. Here are some of the must-see cities and sights on your Italian vacation:

Rome

Your Roman holiday will be filled with architectural gems known the world over. Take a tour of the Colosseum, spend a few hours traversing the ruins and stare up at remarkably well-preserved temples in the Roman Forum. Walk down an unassuming, narrow alley until you emerge in a wide-open piazza and are graced by the magnificence of the Pantheon. Other must-visits are the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, the fountains of Piazza Navona and the Borghese Gardens. Grab gelato at tiny Old Bridge and massive La Palma - two of the best gelaterias in the city.

Tuscany

The Tuscan countryside is romantically written about by authors around the world, and when you pay a visit to Siena, Florence or the smaller surrounding cities, you’ll know why. Stay at a bed and breakfast in the rolling, sunflower-laden countryside outside Siena, and make sure to spend some time in the city center as well - Piazza del Campo (the town square) and the Siena Cathedral are particularly breathtaking. In Florence, the center of the European Renaissance, make an appointment ahead of time for the renowned Uffizi Gallery, shop for gold jewelry on Ponte Vecchio, climb the steep steps inside the Florence Duomo for thrilling views and don’t miss seeing Michelangelo’s famous “David” at the Accademia di Belle Arti.

United Kingdom

The U.K. is a good place to visit for your first trip to Europe because there’s no need to learn a new language. You might want to learn a few British slang words though: A restroom is “the loo,” a stroller is a “pram” and “knockered” means completely exhausted. Here are some tips and top spots for U.K. holidays:

London, England

London is a massive, cosmopolitan city brimming with culture, history and fun. While you are here, take a ride on the London Eye, tour Her Majesty’s Buckingham Palace, learn about the sordid and magnificent history of the Tower of London and make an appointment ahead of time to climb the 334 steps up Big Ben’s belfry for excellent views of Westminster. Also, take advantage of London’s fabulous museums such as the Tate Modern, the Natural History Museum and the British Museum, an architectural gem that holds the Rosetta Stone and other famous antiquities - they’re all free to visit! Your trip will not be complete without a shopping trip at Harrod’s and a stroll through part of the 350-acre Hyde Park.

Dublin, Ireland

Ireland is known for its emerald countryside and scenic cliffs overlooking the sea. While in Dublin, one of the top things to do is visit the ancient Dublin and Malahide castles. Walk through the historic, gothic-style St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was built in the 12th century, have a picnic in Phoenix Park or St. Stephen’s Green and go shopping on quaint Grafton Street. Other must-visits are the Trinity College Library, the Kilmainham Gaol panopticon prison and the National Museum Ireland. Take a tour and raise a glass at the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery.

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