The White Hibiscus in Sant'Ambrogio

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Via dei Pilastri, Florence, Tuscany 50121, Italy

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Charming apartment in a building of 1600 in the heart of Florence.

Perfect for a couple with a cozy loft bed, and even with the addition of a sofa bed for two or one children (or maybe for the third wheel!), this pied-à-terre recently renovated, offers all the comforts of a modern environment, conceived and designed on a daily use, since is usually occupied by the owners, often traveling for work. Inside, a fully equipped electric kitchen, a very silent washing machine, HD LED TV with DTT broadcasts, large closet, a small and intimate bathroom with shower also adjustable for a vertical jet.

Situated within the ancient walls in the district of Santa Croce, you will be immersed in the local culture, with the close and lively market of Sant 'Ambrogio and his busy small square, perfect for a glass of wine and an happy-hour at sunset (and free WiFi). Only 5 minutes walk from the most famous monuments like the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Giotto's bell tower and its Baptistery, the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti and its magnificent Boboli Gardens, and too many still to be seen. Alternatively, also the nearby urban bus lines 06 or C2 will take you in the central Piazza Santa Maria Novella in about 15 minutes, and a few meters away, located on the viali (our boulevards), with line 13, you will reach the picturesque Piazzale Michelangelo in few minutes, where you'll see the plateau of one of the most recognizable skylines in the world (for information on public transport visit (website hidden)).

And do not forget to leave some time for shopping, Florence is well known throughout Italy for its hand-crafted, and competitive manufacturing high-level, either in the world of fashion, jewelry and furnishings, often recognizable on the population. All the historic center is sprinkled with small shops and local craft brands, the choice is yours.
Oh yes, I can spend few words on food if you want, but still it will not work. Food is an amazing experience, it's "the art", make and destroy...and well, guess what, in italy we do it at least 3 times a day, everyday, and apparently we do it pretty swell, so with our advice you'll not forget it, I swear.

Now the bad things: parking is one of the biggest problems even for us, locals, and with our central location, we do not recommend to arrive by car, having regard to its uselessness in the town center, and its expensive and difficult parking solution... walk, or possibly rent a bicycle is highly preferable and objectively cheaper, funnier and healthier. However, there are private garages located not too far from the apartment, and they like honey, we can easily help you to find one of these, or when possible, an other solution.

We are a family of travelers, and we have always had in our blood this sense of hospitality, labor and conviviality. It will be a pleasure to inform and introduce you to some places or sites off the beaten path from the traditional tourism (sadly inevitable), the less chic and more cheap 'n' cheer restaurants and bars, and the less publicized local events, to at least try and keep the memory of a beautiful city and the people, that is what we seek in a successful holiday, and it's what we expect you to have.
Anyway, enjoy Florence, it is a beautiful place...Ciao belli!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $30 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $370 /week
Monthly Price: $1422 /month
Security Deposit: $114
Cleaning Fee: $30
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • We had a really great time! It was clean and although in an upcoming neighbourhood nicely calm. Thanks for the tips and everything - we will visit again :)

    April 2014
  • Wonderful flat very close to the town center. Ale was very friendly and easy to communicate with. His directions to the flat were perfect and I had an excellent stay. Since the bed is lofted, it may not be ideal for older adults or couples, but otherwise, very comfortable. Supermarket and other resources are just around the corner and I felt very safe in this neighborhood. Bus access was also just around the corner, but the flat is also only about a 20-25 minute walk from SMN Train Station. There is a bit of traffic noise from the exterior window (if you are sensitive) but I didn't have a need for earplugs as I was tired enough each night from seeing the sites and walking around all day.

    March 2014
  • I had a wonderful time in Florence and the apartment worked out perfectly!! I was able to walk easily to see all of the sights and enjoyed relaxing in the cozy apartment as well. It had everything I needed and as a woman traveling alone I felt very safe. I definitely recommend it!

    March 2014
  • Great apartment in a good location for visiting the city! Communication was always very friendly and helpful. Thanks! I definitely recommend this apartment.

    March 2014
  • This apartment was super cute and a great deal in terms of space and convenience! It is very close to anywhere you would like to visit. Ale was a top notch host, communicative and went above and beyond to make my stay seamless and comfortable. He even helped arrange a taxi for me to the airport! Which was obviously deeply appreciated. He even had two separate keys for my guest and I. The apartment was clean, the wifi fast and reliable, I will definitely try to stay here again the next time I am in Florence! Thanks Ale!

    March 2014
  • Very enjoyable stay. Easy to get to, small and intimate. The place was just right for my stay and Ale is a great host.

    March 2014
  • Great location, nice comfy apartment that has all the basics. Apt was a bit cool in the evening, but there's a heater. Overall a very good experience.

    January 2014
  • We had a great stay at Ale's place! He was very easy-going and accommodating to pass the keys at our arrival time, and his apartment is the perfect base to explore Florence. The major tourist attractions are within walking distance, yet it was very quiet at night, slightly away from the tourist masses. The apartment was very clean and cozy, feeling very spacious with the bed aloft. It also has a lot more charm than your average hotel room! My only complaint is that we could not warm the apartment as well as we would have liked in the cold December weather. If you're coming in warmer months it should not be an issue! I would strongly recommend anyone visiting Florence to stay here. Thanks Ale for a great stay! I rubbed the snout of Il Porcellino - so I hope to be coming back!

    January 2014
  • It was just as advertised & I had a lovely, comfortable time in this apartment. It's good location & you have access to just about everything via walking or by bus. I enjoyed it & would recommend it to everyone!!!!! THANK YOU TO BOTH ALE & HIS VERY GRACIOUS MOTHER. Stephanie Nov. '13

    December 2013
  • This apartment is great value - location was perfect for me, its homely, well equipped and warm, bed is comfy as, there was limoncello in the fridge yum!, and Ale is lovely. No problems, felt safe and happy and would stay here again. Thank you!

    November 2013
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I returned after 2 years of WHV in Australia, and it's just hard not to admit that I had a unique experience. But I did get back here in Florence, and I must say that after all this time away from this beautiful city I eventually re-enamored of her places, her people, her spoken of her food and her curves. It's all wonderful, I felt like an Italian who has never been in Italy, and for the first time known then all those little things that make this land so magical and famous, and unfortunately most often more from touristm then from ourselves. I love this idea, now even more. I travelled almost all of Europe during summers with good friends, and it's a bless to be just a few hours by plane from known destinations like Paris, Madrid, London, Berlin, Rome, they're all here so close in a unique richness in the world. Obviously I have not despised the Whitsundays and the white beaches of Whiteheaven Beach, the mood relaxed and hipster of Bondi Beach and Bronte in Sydney, the infinite east coast of Australia, with its red colour and thick, strong nature, the culinary art of Melbourne in Victoria and Meredith Valley with its wonderful festival in March, Golden Plains, as the isolated beauty of the island and its people of Fiji and the blue ocean. I guess we do live to create, and create a trip is a "must" in life. Peace out!
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