I am planning a trip in March, 2011. I would be interested in your opinion of the place. Thanx!
We just returned. The location was beautiful. We used a car to get around. I am told there is a bus you can take to get into Florence which is about 25 minutes away by car. It is hard/expensive to park in Florence. You should get a good map or a GPS if you can get a car because the street signs are confusing and it is easy to get lost. The directions we received from our vacation club to get to Villa Calloria were not good and we got there at night making it especially hard to find the property. Keep this in mind if you are arriving at night. If you are an experienced European traveler, the location is a very nice spot. If you are expecting American hotel standards, you will probably be disappointed. Our unit was spacious and had a kitchen, fridge and a washer for clothing. No dryer. You will need an electrical current adapter for Italy to use any US appliances. The owner was somewhat helpful, but his English was limited. We could not get service on our mobile phones and the property owner gave us a mobile phone to use for which we could buy minutes at the local stores. Be sure to turn your heat off when yo leave the unit as heating is expensive in Italy and this cost is passed on to the tenant. There are a number of very nice restaurants nearby, but you will need a car to get to them. If you desire to explore the Tuscan countryside, it is a good jumping off location.
We rented a car through rentalcars.com with Alamo. However, when we arrived at the airport in Florence on New Years Day, there was no Alamo counter. Apparently it is handled by Maggiore, an Italian company. Unfortunately, rentalcars.com did not know that Maggiore/Alamo was closed on New Years Day, so we had no car. We got one for one day from Hertz (that was open) and had to come back to the airport the next day to get our car from Maggiore. For what its worth, the cost was about the same because our rental with Maggiore was for one day less and the savings was about the same as the cost of the car we got from Hertz. FYI: While your automobile insurance may cover your rental automobile in Italy, it is recommended that you get separate insurance on your rental car. We got ours online when we booked with rentalcars.com.
thank you very much for the inforamtion
What was the sleeping situation like? I am planning to travel there next fall with my husband and parents. We are really looking forward to having separate bedrooms but don't know what the floor plan of each apartment is.
Our unit was described by our vacation club as a one bedroom sleeping 5. In fact it was 3 rooms, a kitchen, a bedroom that slept 3 with its own bathroom and a bedroom with its own bath that had a kitchen in it. The unit was called a "porto". The rooms had locking doors between them. I have the impression that the units are not uniform as this is a very old (quaint) building. Our unit was perfect for two couples.
Have you returned yet? Hope it was a good trip. Were you able to use the public transportation?
We had a car and had limited success using the public transportation in Florence. The old city is not serviced by the bus system. It will take you around the suburbs. Parking outside of the old city is expensive and there is little or no parking in the old city. Most of it is reserved for residents.
There was a bus that picked people up at a location away from the villa. Don't know if it picks up nearby. Sorry.
Are you in Columbus, Ohio? If so, we are planning our April trip and would love to talk.