- Nicola Manager (39)
- Bim Manager (40)
Welcome to Firenze !! :)
We are an Italian/Swedish couple that loves to travel and discover the world. Part of our family is our jack russel terrier Tess.
We have done a lot of home exchanges and it has always been perfect. We have exchanged for now a couple of times in Paris, Hautrives, Aix-en-Provence, Brehal in France. Dubai in UAE. Barcelona & Madrid in Spain. Stockholm in Sweden. Porto Rico, Viequie, St Croix, Curacau, Bonaire and Aruba in the Caribbiean.
We are open to exchanges all over the world, cities for long weekends, and seaside destinations both in winter and summertime. We do love the caribbean and try to return at least once a year.
We are working online with classic cars, wine and travel. So we are very flexible when to go as all we need is an internet connection ;).
Nicola, Bim & Tess
I loved my stay in Bim and Nicola's apartment! It is compact and beautifully designed with a modern interior, all mod cons (including nespresso:) and very comfortable. The weather wasn't so great so I didn't get to enjoy the terrace as much as I'd hoped, but it was lovely to have the extra space and views for some relaxing moments. For me the location seemed like the coolest neighbourhood of Florence with a more local feel - artesans' workshops, convenient shops etc.- a little away from the tourist crowds but only a 10/15 minute walk to the major sights, and easy for jumping on the local busses. Our non-simultaneous exchange worked out very well, they had stayed in my apartment a few months before and everything went very smoothly. Highly recommended:)
We spent 5 delightful days in this apartment in February of 2013. The place is really spacious, modern, extremely comfortable and charmant. Its in a perfect location for sightseeing, shopping & for enjoy the fabulous Barcellona. From the apartment you can go by walk everywhere. I couldn't be happier with how the exchange worked out. Many thanks once more ! Bim
We had a very pleasent stay in this flat. Perfectly located in the city, you can walk to all important sights. Very nice scandinavian design. They were last week in our apt and they were great guests. Very nice exchange !! Thanks, Nicola & Bim
We stayed in Florence on our second home exchange and we couldn't have picked a better location than Nicola and Bim's historical apartment minutes from all of the sights. Their apartment was tastefully decorated in modern style and had a beautiful roof terrace with views across the Florentine skyline and the Boboli Gardens, which were right next to theirs. Their street was quiet and full of interesting shops and restaurants. It was ideal as we could walk to the heart of old Florence and to all the interesting sights in 10-20 minutes. They were very good hosts and left us lots of ideas on what to see and do, including to their favourite restuarants, one of which ended up being our favourite too. We were able to welcome them to Dubai a few months later and they were excellent guests.
Thanks to Fiona & Paul we had a great time in Dubai, they gave us a lot of information both about the apartment and the surroundings. We directly felt at home and it was like meeting up with friends when we came there, not just an exchange, thanks for that :). The flat has everything you need and its very well decorated, a lot of space, light and very nice. The condo is fully equipped and the sun/pool deck is perfect to come back to after shopping and sightseeing. The gym is also perfectly equipped but as we where on holiday we did not try that ;) This apartment in Dubai is in a perfect location, we walked around the marina at night and had great meals at different restaurants. From the apartment you have walking distance to both the metro and to the beach and if you dont want to walk just grab a cab downstairs. You are in the middle of marina and its so nice to take a drink on the balcony watching the people and boats cruise by.
We enjoyed the Florence flat in May 2012 for a week. It is very comfortable, very neet, with everything you need for, set up with good contemporary taste. We had drinks at every sunset on the wonderfull terrace overlooking the city and could walk down to the old center through the Boboli gardens every day. A very good choice.
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié notre échange en avril 2013 avec l'appartement de Nicola et Bim. Celui-ci est vraiment très bien situé et très fonctionnel, y compris pour deux couples. Nous avons apprécié les petits magasins de proximité. La terrasse avec sa belle vue est un vrai atout. La possibilité de faire un échange non-simultané est très pratique. Et bien-sûr Florence est une ville magnifique. Merci encore! Josette et Philippe
C'est chez Nicola et Bim que nous avons inaugurés notre premier échange. Nous avons passés 15 jours mémorables!!!! l'appartement est très bien situé, et nous avons pu profiter pleinement de Florence. Les recommandations sur les restaurants et gelateria sont vraiment à suivre.... dommage, nous n'avons pas pu tous les faire car certains étaient en vacances.... Nous sommes allés en voiture (basse saison parait il en août, les résidents sont tous partis) et nous nous sommes garer gratuitement facilement et très proche de la maison. L'appartement est très agréable, très joli et il ne manque rien. Avec la clim bien sur! Nous les avons accueillis avec Tess chez nous, et nous avons été très surpris que nos chats aient pu co-habités, avec quelques petits aménagements. Leur petit chien est vraiment adorable et très bien éduqué. Ils ont pris très grand soin de notre maison et de notre piscine. Encore Merci! C'était très sympa et ils ont attendu notre retour. Nous sommes très heureux de ce premier échange et nous souhaitons poursuivre vers d'autres destinations. Tanti bacci Lea et Claude
Thanks to Lea & Claude we had a great time in France, they gave us a lot of information both about the house, garden and the surroundings. We directly felt at home and it was like meeting up with friends when we came there, not just an exchange, thanks for that :). The house has everything you need and its very well decorated, a lot of space, light and very nice. The outdoor is fully equipped and the sun/pool deck is perfect to come back to after sightseeing. You have to your disposal a vegetable garden with all nice greens you can think of, and a lot of fruit trees. We spent a lot of evenings on the patio after a great barbecue looking out on the countryside and sipping good local wine. They were extremely respectful for our house in Florence and it was a perfect exchange as far as we a concerned!! Many thanks once more ! Highly recommended for future exchanges. Nicola, Bim & Tess :)
C'est chez Nicola et Bim que nous avons inaugurés notre premier échange. Nous avons passés 15jours mémorables!!!! l'appartement est très bien situé, et nous avons pu profiter amplement de Florence. Les recommandations sur les restaurants et gelateria sont vraiment à suivre.... dommage, nous n'avons pas pu tous les faire car certains étaient en vacances.... Nous sommes allés en voiture (basse saison parait il en août, les résidents sont tous partis) et nous nous sommes garer gratuitement facilement et très proche de la maison. L'appartement est très agréable, très joli et il ne manque rien. Avec la clim bien sur! Nous les avons accueillis avec Tess chez nous, et nous avons été très surpris que nos chats aient pu co-habités, avec quelques petits aménagements. Leur petit chien est vraiment adorable et très bien éduqué. Ils ont pris très grand soin de notre maison et de notre piscine. Encore Merci! C'était très sympa et ils ont attendu notre retour. Nous sommes très heureux de ce premier échange et nous souhaitons poursuivre vers d'autres destinations. Tanti bacci Lea et Claude
We just returned from our Italy trip, doing exchanges in Como and Florence. Bim and Nicola’s delightful apartment in Florence was perfect—location (near Boboli Gardens), décor (tasteful and comfortable), hospitality (they welcomed us to the apartment and showed us around, which was helpful), and spotless. Have been to Florence numerous times, but focused only on the “busy” side of the Arno; staying on the Oltrarno side afforded quiet streets for strolling, charming retail and food shops, good restaurants, and the ability to avoid the tourist crowds – the short walk to the city center was a highlight of each day. This lovely apartment--with its fabulous rooftop deck--is a true respite in this beautiful city. Many thanks to Bim and Nicola for their very warm hospitality and for sharing their home with us.
We spent a delightful week in St Croix in April of 2013. Gentle Winds is the perfect place both to discover the island or just relax at home. On the grounds you have everything you need for the perfect vacation, sea, sun, a nice pool and not at least a very nice beach bar ;). The apartment was fully equipped with a lot of information about what to do on the island. We had some really nice barbecues at home and enyoed siting on the patio in the evenings with a glass of wine. The location is really good and we rented a car directly when we came and went all over the island. We do think that this is one of the most welcoming and friendly island in the carribean, and we have visit almost all of them. We will surely come back and we do hope that we will meet Marianna and Howard again. They came to stay at our flat in Florence and we had the pleasure to meet them. They are the perfect guest and it felt as greeting friends. Again this is the best with the home exchange, you can stay in beatiful homes, feeling like a local and you meet a lot of interesting people. Many thanks once more ! Nicola & Bim
Nous avons fait une échange avec Nicola et Bim à la Toussaint 2013 qui s'est admirablement bien passé et nous avons été très bien accueillis. Leur appartement est idéalement situé tout près du centre historique de Florence et donc très pratique pour s'y rendre à pieds. Appartement très sympatique et accueillant avec un parking à proximité également très pratique. Nous avons pu visiter la région : Pise, Lucques, Sienne, San Gimignano et avons beaucoup apprécié. Notre échange non simultané nous permettra d'accueillir Nicola et Bim dans notre maison à Aix-en-Provence au mois de juin et nous espérons qu'ils en profiteront autant que nous chez eux à Florence.
Bim and Nicola's apartment is the ideal location from wich to enjoy the pleasures of Florence Located in the historic district, it is a short walk to Ponte Vecchio, museums and shopping. The immediate neighborhood contains all one would need for a comfortable stay. The apartment is a lovely retreat, beautifully designed with many amenities. Bim and Nicola are the ultimate hosts providing a warm welcome and excellent guidance. I highly recommend the echange.
My first exchange using HomeExchange.com was with Bim and Nicola in their lovely home in Florence -- an absolute success! Their home is very comfortable, very clean and well appointed. Their top level deck is charming and we spent lots of time sitting with a lovely glass of wine. The location is truly perfect -- 5 minute walk to the Boboli Gardens, easy walking to the Arno River and to all of the wonderful Florence historical points of interest, amazing shopping, wonderful restaurants, etc. It is very close to the best Gelato shop ever -- I still miss it! Small grocery store right there as well as restaurants a few feet away. And, a true treat -- there was a bottle of Lemoncello in the refrigerator, now finished! Excellent and I thank you both. If or when I visit Florence again, I will contact you again to stay in your home if available. Thank you again so very much. Judith
We stayed at Nicola and Bim's wonderful home in Florence in June 2015. We would highly recommend their home to others. From the first outreach, communication was friendly and easy, and Nicola and Bim were quite flexible and easy to work with as we figured out our dates. Their home's profile is accurate, but it is even more charming in person. We loved the location -- close to everything, yet a peaceful refuge at the end of our days touring and exploring. The terrace is wonderful for morning coffee, romantic for a drink, or just to soak up the wonderfulness of Florence. We mostly ate our meals outside at the many great spots in the neighborhood (thanks to great tips from Nicola and Bim), The Carrefour next door made keeping breakfast foods and snacks for home very convenient. Nicola and Bim are seasoned home exchangers and it shows -- we had many suggestions and helpful hints waiting for us and everything in their home is easy to operate/figure out. Nicola and Bim left our home in spotless condition. Thanks!! Our only regret is that our schedules didn't permit us to meet in person. But, even so, we feel like we have new friends - the best part of homeexchange. Joyce and Mo
We visited this beautiful townhouse in June of 2015, and thanks to Joyce we had a great time in DC, she left us a lot of information both about the house and the surroundings. We directly felt at home and it was like coming to visit a friend not just an exchange, thanks for that :). This house in Washington DC is in a perfect location, we walked around the neighbourhood both at night and day and had great meals at different restaurants. The area is one of the best in town and its very vibrant and safe. From the house you have walking distance to a lot of important landmarks, shops and grocery stores. And if you dont want to walk just grab a cab at the corner or take the bus. The house has everything you need and its very well decorated, a lot of space, light and very nice. The kitchen is fully equipped and the patio/garden is perfect to come back to after a day full of shopping and sightseeing. They were extremely respectful for our house so a perfect exchange as far as we are concerned!! Many thanks once more! We couldn't be happier with how the exchange worked out and highly recommended for future exchanges.