Our Apartments in Rome, Florence, & Siena

In a little over two weeks, Jamal and I will board a plane to Italy (!!!!), and, true to form, I am already packed. Well, with the exception of underwear and toiletries which I, you know, need to use between then and now, but don’t worry, I have a super detailed checklist to ensure I don’t forget anything. (Ever since I forgot to pack underwear on a weekend trip to DC four years ago and another weekend trip to Jamal’s parents’ house, I am convinced I will forever forget to pack them. Have I said underwear enough times yet in this post?)

Anyway, since our departure date is fast approaching, I figured it was time to share where we’ll be staying in each city. Our itinerary has us flying into Rome on May 17th, taking the train to Florence on the 20th, spending the 23rd in the Tuscan countryside at a b&b, driving to Siena on the 24th, and heading back to Rome for one night before our flight to Paris (you’ve already seen our Paris apartment). Like most of our European adventures, we’re renting apartments through AirBnB. We used them in Belgium in 2012, Paris in 2013 and 2014, when I lived there for two months, and Athens for our honeymoon. Invariably, renting an apartment is cheaper than a hotel room, and you get to cook meals and live like a local. Thanks to Jamal’s tireless list-making (a trait we share!) we found some really great apartments in Italy, if you’d like to see.

This post is not sponsored by AirBnB in any way, we just really love them.

Rome:

Rome Apartment

Rome apartment

Rome apartment

Rome apartment

Rome apartment

At the recommendation of my brother & sister-in-law, who studied abroad & then honeymooned in Italy, we’ll be staying this apartment in the Trastevere neighborhood. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, meaning Jamal and I don’t even have to see each other if we don’t want to! (We want to). It also has a sweet little balcony where I can already picture us having a glass of wine at the end of a long day of sightseeing and gelato-eating.

Florence:

Florence apartment

Florence apartment

Florence apartment

Florence apartment

Over the weekend, we booked our train tickets from Rome to Florence, a quick hour and a half ride north, and staying in this apartment. THAT FLOOR THO. I’m so in love with how classically Italian this place is, the lofted bedroom and exposed beams, and seriously, that floor. The kitchenette is a tiny thing hidden behind a wardrobe in the living room, but that’s okay, because there isn’t much cooking involved in fresh sliced mozzarella and bread with local olive oil. Give me all the cheese and olive oil.

Siena:

Siena apartment

Siena apartment

Siena apartment

Siena apartment

This apartment is actually just outside Siena, a quick five to 10 minute walk to the city center, which happily affords that view from the apartment living room. It also comes with a convenient parking spot, which we’ll need as we’ll be driving from Florence to Siena and back to the Rome airport (please refrain from sharing your harrowing driving-in-Italy horror stories, I’m anxious enough after Jamal got a speeding ticket in Normandy last summer). This apartment also has a washing machine, which will come in handy for all the underwear I’ll be packing. Ha.

So there you have it! If you’ve been to Italy and have any tips or must-sees in any of these cities, please let me know! I’ve been learning Italian with the Duolingo app (lui mangia una mela!), but I know I’ll inevitably blurt out something in French during the first conversation I have there.

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April 28, 2015 / Travel / LEAVE A COMMENT / 9

9 comments

  • Haha I once spoke Spanish, but now every time I try I slip into French…and the same thing happened when I was in Italy. Whoops. Luckily enough people in Europe are multilingual that my mangled Franglitaliano was somehow understood. You’ll be fine! Also, in Florence: there’s this lovely little joint called Trattoria Anita, a friend and I got lost and wandered in on our trip there in 2009 and we were the only non-Italians in the joint, which was duly rewarded by a very enthusiastic server who brought us a neverending stream of the most incredible (comped!) apps/desserts/wine. To this day it’s one of the best meals I’ve ever had, and if you have a chance to stop by, I’d highly recommend it. You’re going to have the BEST time, this trip sounds incredible!

  • you really know how to pick these apartments! swoon, swoon, and swoon! i will definitely be pinning this post for mine and stevens future trip to italy (thinking and hoping next year… japan too if we can swing both!). love all of these. all the cheese and all the olive oil. don’t forget all the red wine right! do you like red wine?

  • He suis ravie! Vous avez pensé à moi! Il y a la place pour moi dans chaque appartement! Je vous prépare le petit déjeuner et après ” ciao bambinos ” !
    Blagues appart je suis très contente pour vous et j’aime beaucoup ce manière de voyager!!

  • That first apartment is so lovely I did not think it could be outdone, but as I scrolled I loved each more and more. The middle one is just so quintessential (yes, the floors!). And the last one – that view! Breathtaking.

    ps don’t forget your underwear! ; ) xoxo

  • Um, can you say JEALOUS?! Because, yeah, that’s what I am. I love airbnb! I’m always perusing listings in cities I hope to one day visit. The only city in Italy I’ve ever been to is Venice. And you’re not going there. Sooooooo, poop.

  • stunning. can I come too ???? hope to see you in Paris. at least for a quick cup of coffee xoxo

  • Gorgeous!!! You forgot to pack me into your suitcase though…

  • these places are gorgeous, i’m seeping with envy! i love how the distinct style of each city you are visiting is reflected in the interior design. but that apartment in florence! oh florence! with it’s Ponte and Duomo and Rennaissance-y goodness… i’d spend my whole stay there! you are going to have such an incredible time though. and i’m already getting all romantic and dreamy about the train ride from rome. please do write ALL about that when you return , ok? oh and save some of that cheese and olive oil for me too!

  • This place looks AMAZING! You’re going to have so much fun. I’m excited for you (and for me, because when Erin travels, Erin brings back pretty pictures, and this, Charlotte likes).

    We’re off to London in two weeks too and I couldn’t be more excited. I know we live only three hours from London (!), but it’s a real treat for us. I can’t wait. We also use AirBnb when we travel and, this time, we found a lovely appartment in Little Venice that I would be happy to call my own. :)