My husband, myself and our 13 year old daughter stayed in Beatrice's rental for 4 nights and boy do we wish we stayed longer!
You will NOT be disappointed with this place - it is a SUPER location - IDEAL location - with the sweetest hostess ever, Beatrice.
The apartment is located at the end of the Ponte Vecchio jewelers bridge, where there are many shops, a great market, great gelato and food all within steps of this apartment. You are off the 'touristy' side, which is nice because at night, it's calm and peaceful. If you are out and about early or late, you can walk the streets and enjoy it's beauty without all the people. It is a short walk to EVERYTHING! That was the best part about this place was you could get everywhere with a short 5-10(max) walk! Yippee! You can even walk to the train station which is about 10-12 minutes. So convenient!
Beatrice is so easygoing, friendly, welcoming and helpful. She gave us GREAT maps, GREAT advice for places to eat/not to eat, and helped us with tourist attractions/times, etc. She answers texts and emails quickly and was so great during our stay.
The building itself is super secure and the apartment is as well. The apartment had all the basics, comfortable bed, sheets, towels, hot water, coffee, kitchen supplies, iron, blow-dryer, etc. The shower is a bit small, so prepare for that - but if you know anything about Europe, most of the showers are small! :) I guess I misunderstood and thought shampoo, was going to be provided but it was not, but it was no problem as I just went and bought some at the market across the street. The TV/cable was great but we didn't use it because there is far better stuff to do in Florence than watch tv! ;)
I actually can't wait to come back to Beatrice's place, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since we left!!! You won't be sorry while staying here!!!
Aside from Beatrice's recommendations, we found two GEM places to eat SO close to this apartment: Restaurant O'14/Oltarno 14 and Gelateria Della Passera. We went back to O'14 FOUR times, yes, it is that good. Clean, so reasonably priced, Vito the owner is sweet as can be and their food is TO DIE FOR! Gelateria is about 2 minutes from the apt. off an alley in front of you, and has homemade artisan gelato for CHEAP and it's the best we found in all of Firenze.
HOPE YOU ENJOY FIRENZE AND THIS APARTMENT AS MUCH AS WE DID!!! Thank you Beatrice!!!