About This Listing
This is a 1 bedroom apartment situated in a 16th century Florentine Palazzo, the only house designed by Raffaello according to critics. This apartment is strategically located 10 minutes walk from Santa Maria Novella Station, 5 minutes from Piazza del Duomo, and 2 minutes from Piazza San Marco and Piazza a Santissima Annunziata
This apartment includes one bedroom and one bathroom with shower which can accommodate up to 3 people. As you enter you have a comfortable living room with tv and sofa bed . To your right a large kitchen and dining room .
From this area you can access the large double bedroom with en suite bathroom/ shower and toilet room.
The entire apartment is decorated in delightful light pink color paper walls.
The apartment is equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, wi fi internet, TV and air conditioning.
This apartment is the ideal place for both working days and for rental, because of its location within the historic center but away from the noisiest area.
Close to restaurants, coffee bars, easy access to the main station by bus 5 minutes walk from the apartment.
Guests have access to the main entrance stairs leading to the apartment.
Interaction with Guests
I will be carrying out the check in and check out and will be at the guests service for anything they need.
The neighborhood is quiet but very central you are 20 minutes walk to Santa Maria Novella Station. 5 minutes by bus in Via XVII Aprile which is 5 minutes walk from the apartment.
5 minutes walk also to Piazza San Marco near the Accademia of David Michelangelo. 10 minutes walk to Duomo.
The apartment is also located near the famous open market of San Lorenzo, about 10-15 minutes from the Duomo and not far from the main ring road which runs around the historic centre of Florence on what was once the perimeter walls of the old city. The Duomo neighborhood offers an array of beautiful historical buildings and superb piazzas including the Mercato di San Lorenzo, the Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica, famous for its attractive cafes, patisserie shops, live music, street performers and caricature artists. Furthermore, the area is surrounded by the city’s main cultural attractions, notably Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, the Bargello Palace and Casa Buonarroti, the former home of Michelangelo, not to mention the Uffizi Gallery and the museum dedicated to the city’s cathedral “Museo dell'Opera del Duomo”.
The area also has much to offer in terms of fine dining and exclusive boutique shopping. The top Italian fashion houses are located along Via Tornabuoni, Via Calzaiuoli and Via del Corso and include the famous names of Salvatore Ferragamo, Armani, Versace, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tiffany & Co. and many more. For those choosing an apartment in this area, the Duomo quarter also offers several food stores otherwise known as “alimentari”, supermarkets, laundrettes and individual gift shops as well as being adequately served by the local public transport service.
Getting around the city from my apartment is very easy you have buses in Via XVII Aprile which take you to the station in 5 minutes and buses in Piazza San Marco.
Parking in Piazza Liberta for the car.
Bike rentals down the road from the apartment.
Other Things to Note
Florence city centre is a ZTL zone which means a “limited traffic zone” and therefore special rules apply to when you can enter this area. This particular apartment is in fact located within the ZTL zone so this means that if you are thinking of coming to Florence by car and wish to drive around and park, then you will need to pay special attention to the road signs, CCTV cameras and access cameras (they will show either a red/green light) in order to avoid receiving fines. Guests who need to travel within the ZTL zone by car to reach their apartment are advised to contact one of the private garages in the centre (the one nearest the apartment you are staying in) and obtain a temporary access permit. Upon arrival at the garage, guests must specify they need access for the ZTL and the garage will then note the vehicle’s number plate and forward it to the appropriate police headquarters.
- Mandatory cleaning every week for 2 hours for monthly rentals
(€30 to be paid at the end of your stay)
-if you have a bicycle please leave it parked in the garden (the owner will explain at check in)
-please rinse dishes, glasses and cutlery before putting them in the dishwasher.
-do not switch on too many electrical appliances at the same time ie (kettle,washing machine air conditioning etc).
Great place, great host, great experience!
I had fair amount of luggage so I took a short, inexpensive taxi ride from the main Florence train station - if you have light luggage it would be possible to walk there. Allegra and a friend were there waiting to greet me and help me with the luggage - the apartment is on the second floor up a wide formal staircase. Allegra also helped me with my luggage and the taxi when I left. The apartment is bright and cheerful, as you can tell from the photos - the photos are accurate. There are three main rooms, the living room, kitchen/dining room and the bedroom. All are spacious and well furnished. The living room and kitchen have big windows and great natural light. The bedroom and bathrooms have very small windows, but provide good ventilation when open and when closed the bedroom was quiet at night. All the furnishings, linens and towels, dishes etc. were recent, well-organized, clean, comfortable and in excellent condition. There was plenty of closet/storage space in the bedroom and kitchen. The refrigerator and washing machine/dryer are small, but they were definitely fine for one person, and should be OK for 2-3 people as well. There is an English language instruction manual available for the washer/dryer, I was confused until I read it haha. The bathroom had a large tub and convenient shower fixtures, as opposed to the cramping and contraptions often found in Europe. The internet/wifi worked well over the course of my month stay, which is critical for me because I try to keep working on various projects while I travel. There were a couple of days in the middle of the month when the internet was periodically out for an hour or two at a time. Allegra was very responsive to the problem, and the internet worked fine for the rest of my stay. Internet glitches like that also occasionally happen at home in Cambridge, MA alas. In general, Allegra answered text messages quickly and positively, though there really weren't any other significant issues during my stay. Carlos, the Peruvian handyman that works in the building was kind and helpful, he did a great job of cleaning the apartment for me every week at a very reasonable rate.
The neighborhood is quiet, safe and pleasant, there is a "mini-supermarket" a couple of blocks away and nice cafes and bakery/delis on every block. After a 10-15 minute leisurely stroll down a quiet, pleasant, narrow street with very few cars you are in the heart of central Florence with its glorious architecture, art galleries and shopping. Some of Florence's most famous attractions are even closer.
I really loved my stay in Florence and the apartment. The stately architecture of the building, the cheerful, well-organized furnishings and supplies and the positive, helpful and responsive attitude of Allegra and her staff helped make my first experience in Italy truly wonderful. I hope to return again soon!
If you plan to visit Florence, you can stay in a Hotel ... or you can stay in a Palace! Yes, this is a true Florentine Palace, reportedly designed by Raffaello Sanzio between 1513 and 1514.
Step through the heavy, wood doors and you may feel as though you have stepped back several centuries. You are greeted by an elegant stone courtyard opening to the garden beyond. The door to the Palazzo is to your left, through another heavy wooden door.
Entering the lobby of the Palazzo, you will find yourself in a lobby that could be the entry to a museum. A stone fountain surmounted by an angel is in the centre; busts of Fiorentini line the walls. A short flight of stairs leads you to the first floor.
The first floor landing is decorated with paintings and more statuary. This truly feels as though you are living in a 16th century palace!
The apartment itself is to the left of the landing, behind an ancient wood door. The apartment is tastefully decorated in antique furniture. The living room includes a desk, facing the window which looks onto the street, a day bed, two arm chairs and a coffee table.
The kitchen is well-equipped, large and seems to be recently renovated. The refrigerator is a “bar fridge” sized refrigerator, but should be perfectly adequate for your needs. The kitchen includes a dishwasher and washer/dryer, perfect for those planning a stay for a week or more.
The spacious bedroom opens off the living room and, once again, makes you feel as though you are residing in a palace. The washroom, containing toilet, sink and bidet, opens off a cleverly concealed door in the bedroom. Another door leads to the bathroom containing a bathtub/shower and sink. The bathroom appears to be recently renovated as well.
While it is true that the apartment is not air conditioned, this was not a problem during our visit in late September/early October. One only has to leave the windows open during the day while out sight-seeing, then close the windows at night when going to bed. The double-paned windows shut out the street noise quite effectively.
We recommend this apartment very highly for those who wish to truly experience Florentine living at its best!
I stayed at this lovely apartment in Florence for 10 days in September 2012. First, I must say the historic building is very well-located. Nearby are a darling neighborhood coffee shop, grocery store, pharmacy and an Irish bar. It's only a short walk to the rest of Florence (i.e., major shopping, tourist sites, etc).
Second, the apartment itself is very clean and well appointed. Lots of modern creature comforts not available in every European apartment, including a bathtub with shower, a dishwasher, and really good WiFi. The building is secure and safe.
Third, Allegra, the host, is great. She went above and beyond to make me comfortable during my stay...providing water and wine upon arrival, offering me the use of a bicycle and the grassy courtyard. Best of all she was helpful and prompt in responding to a few questions I had about transportation and nearby places.
I recommend the apartment and would stay there again!
Don't let this place fool you. It is "colorful" but that is only meant to hide the drab, dark and haunting look of the building that the apartment is located in. Allegra (the host) recommended this place to us after she accidentally put availability for another place she owned that my wife and I were more interested in. She thought since it was our honeymoon, we should be in a more romantic place. I thought fine, we needed a place so lets just go with it. We had no idea the building itself would be so incredibly spooky being filled with sculptures, dark corridors and the lack of any other human presence. Also, the apartment was advertised as having air conditioning which it did not. This was a problem for us since it was hot at night (Allegra kept telling us it wasn't hot and that we were exxagerating.... Can you believe that?? I have emails to prove it if you want to see) so we had to resort to leaving the windows open which brought in mosquitos at night. The next morning, my wife and I both woke up with at least 10-12 bites all over our bodies. That put a huge damper in our honeymoon in Florence for several days trying to deal with the itchiness. Last few things to mention, we asked for an iron and iron board because i had a business meeting but the iron kept short circuiting and cutting off the power.... Allegra left us a bottle of wine but without a corkscrew in the place.... she had no idea how to use the washer/dryer... and overall, she was just a very disinterested host.
I have requested Allegra to give us a refund on some of the costs we paid due to the false advertisement,, but we still have yet to see a dime. I am giving 2 stars for the fact that Allegra did supply us immediately with a fan after we asked for one and that the apartment itself was not a bad place, just inside a horrible building.
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