Novella House is a large apartment situated in the heart of Florence’s historical center just steps away from the Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. The train station (SMN), as well as the Cathedral square, the San Lorenzo marketplace and the lovely Arno river are all within a five minute walk from the property.
The apartment itself is situated on the second floor of a 19th century building (with elevator) on the quiet street of Via del Porcellana near the corner of Via della Scala; an area rich in culture, restaurants and shops.
This large two bedroom, two bath apartment, with its frescoed ceilings and ample rooms, is cozy and bright. Part of the apartment looks out onto the quiet street of Via del Porcellana while part of it enjoys an internal garden view.
This 130 square meter apartment can accommodate up to six people thanks to the comfortable queen size sofa/bed located in the ample living-room. This room also has another sofa, as well as a large dining table that seats up to eight people.
There are two bathrooms in the apartment; one with a shower, the other with a tub/hand shower unit. One of the bathrooms is located in the hallway, the other is off one of the master bedrooms.
The bright, sit-in kitchen is well equipped. There is an electric oven as well as small microwave allowing guests the liberty of preparing in-house meals.
There is a t.v. and small stereo in the large frescoed living-room for those moments when guests want to relax after a day of sightseeing in one of the world’s most renowned Renaissance cities. There is also wifi.
The area surrounding the apartment is rich in culture. There are numerous centuries old buildings as well as historical monuments. The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), the Uffizzi Gallery, the Bargello museum, as well as Michelangelo’s home, are all within a ten minute walk of the property. There are also splendid piazze (squares) like Piazza Duomo, Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Piazza della Repubblica in the immediate vicinity. The latter being a spot to enjoy an Italian espresso in one of the many outdoor cafès while people watching. There are gift shops, grocery stores and an array of restaurants, all surrounding the apartment. Making it a convenient location to hang one’s hat while exploring the enchanting city of Florence.
For those looking for Italian brand name shopping, the Via Tornabuoni, with its Salvatore Ferragamo, Armani, Versace, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Tiffany boutiques, is a short five minute walk away. Even the larger department stores (Rinascente, Coin, Oviesse, Intimissimi) are all just minutes away on foot.
For those wishing to explore the surrounding areas, public transport is right around the corner. Thus, putting the Chianti countryside at your fingertips (less than an hour bus ride away).
For those guests arriving by car, it is possible to book a spot in one of the many private garages in the vicinity.
Lovely apartment. There were 6 of us - 4 adults and 2 kids. The apartment is big and more than comfortable. And very centrally located. Just a couple of blocks of the river and very close to the Train Station.
Francesco was a very good host. We would definitely stay there again, and recommend this apartment to others
Novella House is a great place to stay in Florence. We came in from the train station and the apartment is only a few minutes walk. The apartment is more than enough space for 4 people. While it's not modern, it has lots of Italian charm. All the main attractions are within walking distance from the apartment which is very convenient. Francesco was very welcoming and helpful upon our checkin.
Novella House was the perfect place for our stay in Florence! It is the perfect location, especially if you're coming in by bus/train and want to drop your bags and go sightseeing immediately. We were a group of 5 girls and having two bathrooms was such a luxury and definitely worth it. Not to mention the rest of the flat is wonderful, with two bedrooms, two living rooms, a full kitchen, and comfortable beds for all. Francesco was wonderful and accommodating and we encountered no problems whatsoever. There was some street noise and noise from children in flats around ours, but that's out of his control. Everything was beyond satisfactory and we were so sad to have to leave after only two nights!
We stayed at Novella House for two entire weeks and had a fantastic time. Great apartment, wonderful location.
We found ourselves in the heart of Florence at Francesco's apartment and not far from the main attractions we were interested in, such as the Uffizi and the Accademia. We were met by Francesco's mother who made us feel very welcome.
The apartment is large and airy, with two large sitting rooms, a kitchen and two large bedrooms. The master bedroom has a large private bathroom with a tub. The second bedroom was located on the other end of the apartment. The second large bathroom was located off the hall and had a shower. Perfect for two couples and perhaps a single individual who could sleep on a cot in one of the sitting rooms.
The apartment was clean and the beds were comfortable. There was some noise on the street side of the apartment, but nothing that an Italian grandmother couldn't bring to an end.
We were referred to an excellent restaurant just a block away. Ask the host.We enjoyed our stay and would return.
We really enjoyed our stay at this apartment in Florence! It was very spacious and clean and the location was great! We had a bit of a problem getting in to the apartment since we arrived late due to construction traffic delays on the road, but it was resolved satisfactorily by Francesco and his kind mother. Francesco was very kind and helpful. I would recommend this apartment for anyone wanting to experience Florence...just make sure you have a cell phone or a way to communicate other than email.
Francesco was extremely accommodating, it was perfect location, close to everything! We just had a bit of noise, I got woken up two mornings at 4am by noisy people in the street. Which is not Francesco's fault.
Excellent location and apartment! We arrived/departed at the SMN train station, and the apartment is just steps away. However, it can be noisy at night with people talking loud outside (we stayed on a Thursday night).
The apartment itself is very clean, and there was more than enough space to accommodate six of us comfortably. It is just as described in the listing/pictures.
Francesco was a pleasure to work with. We arrived much earlier than check-in and he was kind enough to store our luggage for the day. Highly recommended!
Wonderful apartment in a great location! Very hospitable owner who was quick to respond. Hated to leave and would definitely stay here again. Everything you need for a great trip to Florence!
Nice host. The flat is beautiful, very recommended.