Send this page to a friend

Thank You

Your message has been sent.

You can send this page to up to five email addresses. Please separate each email address with a comma.

Cozy cottage with courtyard, A/C, TV sat, Wifi. Heart of Florence

Dani

Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, Serbo-Croatian
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Contact the Owner

Dani

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, Serbo-Croatian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2015
Tell the owner when you would like to travel.
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Cozy cottage with courtyard, A/C, TV sat, Wifi. Heart of Florence

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Historic Center Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, completely restored, quiet and bright. Ideal for couple

Lovely apartment ideal for couple - or families with children - near San Marco and San Lorenzo. Very quiet and bright. Recently restorated and tastefully decorated. It overlooks a sunny courtyard, a very relaxing place to have breakfast or tea.

The flat is on the ground floor (no stairs), and consists of: living room with dining corner (table for 4 people) and comfortable sofa bed for two persons (bed: 200 cm x 80 cm), kitchen corner with fridge/freezer, gas stove with 4 burners, microwave, bedroom with double bed (150 x 200 cm), 2 wardrobes, desk and chairs, spacious bathroom with separated WC and bidet, shower in a stall.

Wi-fi Internet, TV sat, air cond. Up to 4 people. A full selection of English movies (together with a DVD player) and several Lonely Planet travel guides are available in the flat.

To access the apartment and its courtyard, the owner's building must be crossed.

In the very street where the flat is located - anciently called via Mozza - Michelangelo had his own studio. Here he worked and lived, and after his death here were found the 4 Prigioni (today at the Academia together with the David) and the Victory (today in Palazzo Vecchio). This part of town is known as the 'Medici quarter'.

From here the glorious Florentine family started its adventure for the conquest of power. Here they built their own Palace, Palazzo Medici, away from the old aristocracy’s dwellings. Here Cosimo il Vecchio erected the San Marco monastery (today museum) where he kept a cell for himself, painted by Beato Angelico, which can still be visited today. And here the Medici didn’t limit their ambitions to a family chapel, like everybody else: they had to have their own parish church, the basilica of San Lorenzo, one of the largest churches in the city, designed by Brunelleschi, embellished by Donatello, and also the burial place of seven generations of princes and princess (the Medici Chapels).

It was in San Lorenzo that Michelangelo engaged for decades in his last monumental effort before abandoning Florence for Rome, in 1534. The artist was commissioned to construct the facade of San Lorenzo, which he couldn’t manage to accomplish. Then he was asked to build the Laurenziana Library near the church, and a sepulchral chapel, situated to the extreme right of San Lorenzo, the New Sacresty, where Lorenzo il Magnifico is buried together with his brother Giuliano, his son Giuliano, and his nephew Lorenzo. In the Sacresty today we can admire Michelangelo's spectacular statues of Night, Day, Dawn and Dusk, and the austere, melancholic ‘Madonna with the child’, where baby Jesus hides his face into his mother’s breast…

All this can be reached within 5 minute walk from the Michelangelo’ studio apartment: a secret retreat to live the art experience and allure of a city unrivaled for its art, beauty and culture.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Dani (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, Serbo-Croatian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2015

About Dani

I'm a journalist and I write about culture on a national newspaper: it's my pleasure to personally introduce my guests to the wonders and unknown paths of my beautiful town. According to the reviews, people appreciate it...

Dani purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Dani chose Historic Center

We bought this house because we thought it was the perfect place to be: in the heart of Florence, but away from the main crowds.

What makes this apartment unique

Sipping tea or having breakfast on the courtyard, it feels like you are really inside an old, peaceful, green, typical Florentine place. You hardly find the will to get up and explore the city...

Guestbook comments from the owner

Visiting Florence and at the same time catching a glimpse of real Italian life. I'm sure you can see from the other reviews how nice the property is, but that's not the best thing about it : it's Daniela and her family. This vacation was like visiting Florence with your family there to guide you. The owners make everything so easy for you, the best restaurants, where to find grocery's, how to get from one place to another. Always available if you need help. What a wonderful time my wife and I had... Thank You Daniela
Jun 2014
  • 1 of 4

Why HomeAway

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.8
based on 44 traveler reviews

Write a Review
Cozy cottage with courtyard, A/C, TV sat, Wifi. Heart of Florence
average rating of 4.7954545 based on 48 reviews
5

An art lover's haven!

  • 5 of 5

The studio was the most memorable and impressive of the four apartments we stayed in on our three week trip to Italy. Our four nights were fabulous. Daniela's knowledge of and passion for Florence meant we experienced a side of Florence not always seen by tourists and this made our holiday special. The studio was just as described, though I was even more impressed than the photos suggested. I loved the design, which meant the bathroom 'noises' were non existent, and the skylight above the bed allowed the natural lightning shows to delight at night!

I have recommended the apartment to my single woman friend who I know would love the security of the studio while being able to enjoy Daniela's young family if she felt alone.

What a wonderful place to stay and feel such a part of magical Florence! Thank you so much Daniela.

Ps the pastry shop four doors down is exceptional!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Anne, I was born in Florence, but I guess I 'saw' it for the first time only when I came back from my 12 year travelling around the world... and I realized what privilege I had to be a citizen of this small pearl. I feel my duty to suggest to my guests WHAT is there for them to be seen, to be experienced (but of course only for those who ask me to)... So thanks for listening and sharing. I know you brought home with you a lot more than a picture with the David... And yes, Lucilla is making DELIIIIIIICIOUS pastries.....
5

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • 5 of 5

This is what we liked about this place:

it’s position: central, you can easily walk to all major sites, but you are not in the middle of the crowds. And it feels good to come home

the flat: it’s clean, well restructured, and well equipped. We couldn’t make any use of the courtyard because of the weather, but I guess in spring and summer it’s a lovely place to relax

the owners: nice people, plenty of info before arrival, constant support, many tips about special things to see

the surroundings: the supermarket is around the corner, the Central Market for fresh stuff is in the same street (and there is an upper floor for quick Italian snacks and even cooking lessons!), there are good restaurants around (we liked the Vegetarian , Zaza for pizza and the excellent Panini at Lì x Lì), the train and bus stations are also very close (and the walk home is nice, you pass through the Mercatino di san Lorenzo).

A plus for the Palazzo Vecchio guided tour through the ‘Secret passages’, and for the Ognissanti church, with the Botticelli and Simonetta story… We hope to be back to see more.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Daniela, great cottage, great time! We stayed in Daniela's cottage in January. The flat is clean, spacious, comfortable. It is close to everything we needed: railway station, bus station, shopping area, all major tourist sites, and the Central Market (Mercato Centrale) where we could buy delicious fresh stuff. The cottage is hidden from the street, and this makes it very silent, safe and cozy. We particularly liked the Bronzino restaurant (just few meters down the road) and we recommand a visit to the Medici Chapels, but only after a briefing from the owner, who can tell a very interesting story about the place. We do recommand this property.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Matt, it was a pleasure, and I do recommend you as the perfect host... I'm glad you enjoyed the Medici Chapels: not many tourists go there, unfortunately, but it's one of those places that will tell you the most about Florence in one single visit. Next time, another story.
5

Un séjour merveilleux !

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons été ravi de notre voyage à Florence, l'accueil a été chaleureux, la famille est de très bon conseil pour les endroits à visiter, et la location est plaisante et propre.

Nous la recommandons, merci !

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Fantastic courtyard hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Myself and my sister stayed in the courtyard apartment in September 2014. After getting used to accessing this through Everyone is so friendly and you get to see how a family lives in Florence which makes the experience more enjoyable in our opinion. we found this apartment lovely with everything you need to enjoy your holiday. There is plenty of cooking equipment if you like to cook yourself and we where going to, but then ate out nearly every day so much lovely food to try. Roberto welcomed us to the apartment on our first day and couldn't have been more helpful showing us exactly where things where on the map. We met Daniela on the third day as she was away on business, Daniela is very passionate about Florence and making sure that her guests have a good time whilst they are there and can give you all sorts of info that you wont find in the guide books.

Daniela and Roberto also invited us to have a drink with them one evening as we where coming back from our day out and we got find out a little bit more about each other which was great.

I would definitely recommend this apartment to anyone coming to Florence who wants to experience real Italian living , we will definitely come back to this apartment when we return to Florence hopefully soon. Thanks so much for your hospitality Faith and Mandy Broadberry

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

It met our needs exactly!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday in Florence. The cottage at Daniela & Roberto's property was perfect for us in every way: very clean & tidy, modern, with sufficient space for 2 people to live comfortably. Very importantly, the bed was very good - absolutely no problems sleeping at night. The location was perfect, situated closely to Central Florence - we walked everywhere! Only took a bus to get into the mountains. Getting around was very easy from the cottage. I would highly recommend the accommodation to anyone planning a trip to Florence. The added value came from accessing the cottage via the family home. While this gave us access to a fantastic source of knowledge from Daniela in particular; it also allowed us to experience life in an Italian community. All great! I hope to visit again soon. Thank you Daniela, Roberto & family.

Alan Robertson

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alan, thanks a lot. We think people renting a flat in Florence are not mass tourists: they come prepared, they want to enjoy and not just run through things to grab a picture. We try to support them in this, offering specific suggestions according to their expectations and needs. It can be about things to see, or do, or sharing an Italian dish or its recipe or a talk about what is going on in town, or in the country.. I strongly believe this is the future of tourism: quality above all, a touch of real life, and a personalised experience.

Map

Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Florence Airport
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Nabucco Wine Bar, via XXVII Aprile
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Golf Club Parco di Firenze
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
S.Maria Novella Train Station
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Firenze Nord
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Taverna del Bronzino
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
85 Kilometres
Marina di Pisa
Car: not necessary

This cozy and new apartment is located downtown Florence, in the very heart of town, 5 min away from San Lorenzo (The Medici Chapels), Piazza San Marco (Academy Gallery with the David by Michelangelo), the Duomo area, in a quiet street with garages.

In this same street, anciently called 'via Mozza', Michelangelo had its own workshop. When he died in Rome, in this studio where found the 4 Prigioni (today at the Academia), the Madonna col bambino (at the Medici Chapels), and the famous La Vittoria, today in Palazzo Vecchio (the Old Palace).

The San Lorenzo market (handcrafts, gifts) is less than 5 minute walk. Newspapers, pharmacy, banks, coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, churches, and all kind of shopping facilities are all around. The apartment is at 1 km distance from the S.Maria Novella rail and bus station, so it is very easy to make daily excursions to the main sites of Tuscany, including San Gimignano, Lucca, Siena.

The flat is also 5 minutes away from the park and Congress Hall of La Fortezza, the most famous exhibitions’ centre of the city (and also excellent site for jogging!).

Photos

Rates & Availability

From €80 Per night

Historic Center Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
EUR
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter 2015
Jan 7 2015 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
€100
 
 
High Season 2015
Apr 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
€110
 
 
Low season offer
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
€80
€450
 
 
Christmas in Florence
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
€100
€600
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes * Advance Payment: 20% of total amount on confirmation; balance on arrival.

* Rates for 2 people include all utilities: Gas, Electricity, Wi-Fi Fast Internet Connection, linen, towels and final cleaning. NO hidden extra. For any additional person 10 EUR/day.

* EUR 100 security deposit to be paid cash upon arrival.
Cancellation policy available when contacting the owner upon booking
Enter dates to see total
Available
Unavailable

Amenities

Historic Center Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • In the living room the sofa bed is made out of 2 single bed (90cm) which can be joined and become a double bed. Crib or cot can be provided upon request.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
Notes:
The owner is from Florence: she and her family spent many years abroad and recently came back. They speak various languages. Since they live practically next door, they are willing to help their guests out and - upon requests - they are available for (free) Museum ticket reservation, restaurant reservation, advice on what's going on in town, cooking classes, baby sitting service etc.

Partner Offers

Contact the Owner

Tell the owner when you would like to travel.

Get an Instant Quote

Enter dates to calculate a quote