About this listing
This is a very small and cozy and very colorful studio flat in the heart of Florence literally 70 meters away from Ponte Vecchio located in Via Guicciardini, the main street that leads you from Ponte Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti. It has its own private courtyard where you can park a bicycle and during the evening enjoy the secluded courtyard all to yourself. In the heart of Florence, its often very rare to have your own private outdoor enclosure.
It has all the typical necessities, including air conditioning, heating, TV, and Wifi. Many small studio flats have simple sofa beds that fold out or cheap uncomfortable futons, this flat instead has a real comfortable matrimony bed along with a small kitchen, a dinning area and luckily a normal sized bathroom.
Its situated on ground floor, no 10,000 stairs to go up. Its calm and quiet at night time and even during the day when the street is full of life and excitement, the courtyard is surrounded by huge buildings that seal the noise and believe it or not, it makes a huge difference. Try stepping outside the building at around 4:30-5 am - you will faint by the incredible delicious smell coming out from the Maioli bakery right across the street. I think thats the hour when they prepare the cinnamon rolls, they're still closed at that hour, but you can see one little light on and some incredible scent coming out of from there.
We like to take good care of this place. My husband and I use to live here when we just moved in to the center, thats why its been so personalized and detailed. We only hope that our future tenant/s will equally take good care of it :o)
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٩( •̮̮̃•̃)۶ Do you have wifi?
Yes, now I do. Many of the previous guests mentioned about spots where you can find wifi, but no worries, I have added free wifi to the apartment.
٩( •̮̮̃•̃)۶ How far is it from the Duomo?
The apt. is located INSIDE the historical district so your main mode of transportation is by foot.
Duomo: 10 min.
Piazza della Republica: 8 min.
Palazzo Vecchio / Piazza della Signoria / Uffizi : 6 min.
Ponte Vecchio: 2 min.
Palazzo Pitti: 2 min.
Boboli Gardens: 2 min.
Piazza Santo Spirtio: 5 min.
** 1-day reservations apply only in certain situations.
I only have 4 rules:
((ONE)) No smoking inside the house, if there is a scent of smoke, I will put on a little hat and play police officer and give you a 50 EUR fine, Im not really kidding.
Im not doing this just to make your life miserable, I just care a lot about the following guests that would be moving in after you, if they're non-smokers....they probably wouldn't like it. Im not a smoker myself and I hate it when I go to a non-smoking hotel room and it smells like cigarettes....I absolutely hate it, not necessarily because of the smell, but more because of the ignorant prick before me that thought it was OK to smoke in a "NON-SMOKING" hotel room.
((TWO)) no cutting directly on the kitchen counter, I know it **already** has some cutting signs on it (because some crazy guy did it one time) but please don't mess it up more than it already is, thank you :)
((THREE)) no parties.
((FOUR)) please do not place your luggage directly on top of the couch OR on the bed. It always leaves the couch dirty or the bed sheets filled with dust and dirt marks. Even though I take them out to be washed, its not a pleasant thing to see. Im sure you wouldn't like it if I went to your home and just barged in my dirty luggage on your beautiful couch...please be thoughtful, thanks!!
((FIVE)) check-ins after 9 pm have an additional charge of €25 euros to pay in cash on arrival
for long term rentals ----
((SIX)) no hammering, pinning, or taping anything in the colored walls, it would ruin them and unfortunately I don't have the same exact color to repaint it.
The Florence City Council instituted an obligatory CITY TAX, starting April 1, 2015, for all stays by visitors who are non-residents of Florence for a maximum of 7 consecutive nights.
The tax amount is € 2,50 per person per night.
Children under 12 years old are exempt.
THE CITY TAX MUST BE PAID IN CASH AT THE MOMENT OF THE CHECK-IN.
Carlos was great, the apartment was great (exactly as described). It was central and the bed was very comfortable. Would definitely stay again.
La ubicación del estudio es perfecta para visitar la ciudad.
Lo más positivo es la comodidad de la cama y las almohadas, y por supuesto la atención de Carlos, pendiente antes de nuestra llegada y durante nuestra estancia, haciéndonos llegar recomendaciones sobre restaurantes en la zona.
El patio de entrada está algo abandonado y es poco atractivo para tomar una copa o desayuno (máquinas de aire acondicionado que dan mucho calor y ventana a un cuarto de baño de vecino). El apartamento tiene problemas de humedad, que en Agosto no supusieron más problema que es estético.
We had a wonderful time at Gaby's apartment. The location is perfect to visit the center of Florence, very near to Ponte Vecchio. The apartment is very clean and modern, the bed is very good and the air conditioning is really useful and powerful in August when it is 40 degrees outside. We enjoy to cook in the small and practical kitchen, there is a wonderful pastries shop in the same street, and also a supermarket 2 min from the flat. Gaby was a perfect host, available to give us keys when we desire. We highly recommend you this place!
My husband and I chose Gaby and Carlos' apartment to stay in during our Italian honeymoon. This was also our very first Airbnb experience. The majority of my contact was with Carlos. He was absolutely wonderful to work with. He met us at the apartment with a smile on his face (even though we were running a little late due to a train delay), showed us around, and left us a map listing the kinds of places we were looking for. My husband had asked about a specific kind of store. Carlos forgot the exact street name. After he left, my husband received a photo text message with a picture of the store and street name!!!
The place itself was gorgeous. I felt like a local with a space so close to everything with all of the amenities we were looking for. The apartment is on the first floor but set back from the sidewalks. It is very peaceful, quiet, and clean. Everything is modern and updated. The bed was comfortable, the room was nice and dark at night, and there was plenty of space for two travelers with luggage, bags, etc...The location was close to everything!!! Less than 10 minute walk to the Duomo, 5 second walk to the Ponte Vecchio, walking distance to some of the BEST MEALS we have ever had (Osteria San Spiritu, 4 Leoni, and La Giostra).
Thank you, Gaby and Carlos, for an amazing experience and a trip that we will never forget! Can't wait to visit again!!! :)
Mary and Justin Call
Wow! What can I say. If you like a super amazing apartment, with beautiful interior decorating, in a perfect position close to everything, with a super comfortable bed... then this is your place to stay.
Carlos was an absolute gentleman, he met me at the apartment and made me feel at home in Florence straight away. Gabby's suggestions for Restaurants and shops are awesome too.
I'll be back one day. (If you're ever thinking of selling.. let me know)
Infinite Love and gratitude. Damo from Oz.
Carlos was super helpful and accommodating letting us check in early so we could put our bags down and start exploring. Place was super clean and looks exactly like the pictures. Will definitely want to stay here again our next trip to Florence.
What an amazing location and beautiful apartment. It was so perfect!! The bed was comfortable. Overall, I would highly recommend staying at Gaby and Carlos' apartment.
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About the Host, Gaby & Carlos
Carlos and I are cousins :) I’m from Los Angeles, but have been living in Florence, Italy since 2002. I came to study Industrial Design, graduated, met my husband, Andrew (the typical Florentine mama’s boy :) and got married in 2010.
Since my husband does construction and renovation for large groups of apartments mostly in the residential areas of Florence, I kinda “butted in” and convinced him to begin renovating small apartments in the very center for students or tourists. And I mean, not the boring basic apartments, I mean the colorful, joyful, happy-go-lucky ones....
That’s when I began working with Airbnb - 2011, absolutely fell in love with it and stayed with it until now…**sniff sniff**….
This 2015 Andrew and I are opening a brand new chapter in our lives…annnddd…we have two little twin “buns in the oven” coming up for mid August!
So we have decided to pass on our Airbnb rentals to my super cool cousin, Carlitos, to run from now on. He’s from Ecuador, speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Ukrainian and Russian.
He’s a 6’3” gentle giant, very organized, respectful and the type of guy you can have fun whenever you hang out with him. Oh and I call him “Carlitos” because as kids, when I was 10 and he was 3, he use to run around the house making messes, and all I would hear is my aunt yelling “Carlitos!!! Carlitos!!!” lol…so that’s where he got his name.
And surprise, surprise! He also works with the importing of roses. Yup, not those shabby little red roses you can get from the streets. Im talking about those super thick, 1,20 meter roses. And no, we don’t import bananas, only roses :) lol
I hope your experience here in Florence is one of a kind, you can always count on Carlos in giving you any good tips on where to dine, where to hang out, what to visit, what not to visit, etc.
Benvenuti a Firenze!