I just received an email from across the pond: the apartment in Italy has officially been confirmed as reserved!!! Yeah!!!!
I have withheld showing the photos, and my total excitement too, until we had our confirmation. We will be staying here in Souvenir-Cestello in a historic district of Florence, Italy from Thursday, September 20, 2007 to Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
The photos were taken with a strange sort of rounded camera lens, but you get the feel for the spaces. I love that we will have a real kitchen to use, and it has an outdoor dining area, too!
So, "How much?" Well, I'm glad you asked, it's actually quite affordable if you consider the fact that it's an entire apartment vs. just a hotel room with a bathroom. I believe we are paying something like $147 per night total for all 3 of us and that includes cleaning and linens and such.
I'll bring home better pictures and also show you the view, which I have a sneaky feeling is quite great and not shown in the website photos. :D