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Lovely Apt. W/Grand Piano in Oltrarno near Pitti Palace


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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Lovely Apt. W/Grand Piano in Oltrarno near Pitti Palace

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Santo Spirito -Palazzo Pitti Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 3-4)

This is a lovely, elegant and quiet apartment, totally renovated and with new appliances, in the heart of Florence. It is at Via Romana 29, 50 meters from the entrance to the Boboli Gardens, next door to the Pitti Palace.

It consists of an entrance and living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a table for four, two bedrooms (one with a baby grand piano), two bathrooms and a closet room, central heating, telephone, washer, TV with VCR & DVD player, stereo, dishwasher, microwave, hi-speed we-fi internet, insect screens on the windows, and an air-conditioner. My wife and I came to Italy in 1973, when I began work as a photographer. Our pianist/composer son, William, who was born and raised in Italy, lived in this flat a couple of years before deciding to seek his fortune back in the U.S.A.

Florence needs no introduction. Suffice it to say that Unesco (the cultural branch of the United Nations) did a study 15 years ago which declared that 60% of the world's artistic heritage is on Italian soil. 30% of that is in Florence alone. But if that isn't enough to tickle your fancy, remember the Chianti vineyards within 30 min. drive, the towns of Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, Arezzo and Pisa, the beaches of Viareggio and the Maremma, all easy drives on excellent roads. Florence is only a 90 min. train ride from Rome on the high-speed trains and Umbria is the region just south of Tuscany. So within two hours you can reach Perugia, Spoleto, Assisi and that magical town Todi, where we also rent a home (see Listing 215677).

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Member since: 2008
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About The Owner

My wife, Lynn, and I moved to Italy way back in 1973 after graduating from Beloit

College in Wisconsin, where we met. I'm a photographer and Lynn teaches English.

We bought this apartment for our two children William and Alice, but they have

chosen to seek their fortunes elsewhere. William, a pianist and composer, lives in NYC

and Alice, a dancer and choreographer, lives in London.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2007

Why The Owner chose Santo Spirito -Palazzo Pitti

This is a particularly choice location. It is only 100 yards from the Pitti Palace and Boboli

Gardens and on the Oltrarno side of the river, a neighborhood much less touristy and full of

artisans workshops and markets.

What makes this apartment unique

It is a spacious and quiet apartment, completely refurbished with all the amenities, including a great collection of music, a Yamaha C2 piano,

and VHSs and DVDs in English for your evening entertainment.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Nothing but plaudits for both these sites, an in-town 12th/13th century villa in Todi, Umbria, and an in-city apartment in Florence on the Via Romana just a few minutes away from the Pitti Palace. Both dwellings are fully modern and elegant in their different ways; both are right in the middle of the best of their localities -- restaurants, museums/galleries, varied boutique shopping and more; both are really within walking distance to everything that matters -- forget about the car. And both are spotless and very reasonably priced -- far more attractive than the hotel option.

We spent two weeks, one week at each location, and were delighted with everything. Of special note -- George, our landlord, oversaw all the detail of our planning,arrival, stay and departure with personal concern. And this was important. We don't speak Italian and were a little leery of getting by in a real neighbourhood -- shopping, transportation, entertainment. But no problem. George's advice and ample local literature made it all easy.

We'd do it again. Great vacation.

One note -- Todi is a genuine hill town: climbing is a prerequisite for enjoymen, and touring the countryside by Car a wonderful experience -- i.e. a small car that fits in the medieval streets. My decision to go for a large power car because of the reputation of the autobahns was wrong -- I should have opted smaller. And in Florence -- get rid of the car asap."
Jun 2010
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Lovely Apt. W/Grand Piano in Oltrarno near Pitti Palace
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 20 reviews

Perfect apartment in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

My son and I stayed in this apartment on the Via Romana, prior to his fall semester in Florence. The apartment is spacious and bright. The windows in the living room and one bedroom open to open spaces, without neighboring windows in view. There are shutters on the bedroom window, which allowed us to open the window to allow air, but screen for privacy.

The apartment is on the third floor( with ground level first). Well lit, wide staircase to the apartment.

The location felt very safe. We ate, shopped and talked with many of the store and restaurant owners near the apartment and all were welcoming. We felt very much at home. Most of the Italians spoke some English, and with our beginners Italian and a bit of Spanish, we were always able to communicate.

The location was perfect. We quickly became familiar with Florence, and found the tourist destinations, as well as the railway station within a 20 minute walk.

Finally, the owner George was helpful with suggestions of restaurants ... He made certain that we had everything we needed for a wonderful stay in Florence. Thank you George, I can't imagine how it might have been better!


  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Live Like a Local

  • 5 of 5

We rented this apartment for a week. We had just spent 4 weeks in the owner George's lovely home in Todi and this apartment was just as wonderful as the house we had just left. We loved the location - close to everything, but quiet and away from the tourist crowds. The building was inhabited by locals, there were shops and local restaurants across the street and within easy walking distance. Even in mid February Florence was packed with tourist groups so it was nice to have a quiet retreat. As in Todi, George provided a list of nearby restaurants, all of which were great. He greeted us at the apartment and was available by phone if needed, which he was not. We would not hesitate to recommend this charming apartment.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

A month in Florence

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from a month's stay in Florence in this apartment which felt like our second home. The owner met us at the apartment, provided us with details about the area

, and was easily available to answer any questions. The apartment is spacious , with very comfortable bed, plenty of closet space, and when we had friends come to visit they had their own bedroom and bathroom as well.

The location is perfect. It is away from the tourist areas but close enough to walk to all of the sites. It is located near the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens but you are in more of a residential neighborhood which creates the feeling that you are not just a visitor in Florence. Across the street is a mini market and a green grocer, several cafés on the street and an easy walk to some wonderful restaurants.

This apartment provided us with everything we had hoped for during our stay in Florence.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Dunedin, New Zealand

Most excellent lodgings

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked this apartment based on the positive reviews of previous happy residents. The accommodation lived up to the reviewers comments and the listings description.

We stayed for two fabulous weeks. The apartment is located very close to 'central' Florence, but is off the major tourist route, which is a god-send in the middle of high tourist season.

The immediate area is well supported by cafés, restaurants and, for when you wish to dine in, nice specialist food and wine suppliers. We had v little italian language knowledge, but found that the local vendors were extremely happy to help and very friendly.

For us, the facilities provided are excellent and well maintained. The apartment was neat tidy and clean. George was always prompt with his responses to emails both prior and during our stay, and it felt great to know that support and backup was available if required.

The apartment felt like a complete haven from the summer madness of Florence, and we hope to be able to stay there again when we return!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Green Valley, Arizona

Outstanding Homebase in Florence!

  • 5 of 5

Review #6975055 Outstanding Homebase in Florence!

My husband and I were lucky enough to stay at Via Romana 29 for two weeks in Sept. and Oct. 2013. As we look over the pictures we took while there, we remember how perfect our stay here was in so many ways. Physically, the immaculate & well-equipped eat-in kitchen, strong wifi connection, two bathrooms (the double-sink master bath is HUGE by European standards), lovely rooms with doors to close to read a book or just sit alone (sometimes you need privacy, despite loving each other), guidebooks and tips about Florence, plants at the windows, quiet master bedroom---all of this trumps any stay in a hotel or B&B. Best of all is the location--on the south side of the Arno close to both Santo Spirito cathedral and piazza, restaurants and markets and to Porta Romana's parks, major bus stops, and stores. We walked easily to all the fabled major sites in central Florence by crossing Ponte Vecchio or Trinita which are very close by. As glorious as the fabulous art sites are we delighted in also being able to experience a real Italian neighborhood separate from crowds. The green grocer across the street cheerfully helped us select his fresh porcini (size of oranges), ripe figs, melons, broccoli, cheeses, and wines. The cut-to-order butcher (Macelleria Massimo e Leonardo) around the block happily interpreted our fractured Italian to provide reasonably priced meats and fresh pastas. And the bakery (Forno Pintucci)--we couldn't stop enjoying their breads, pastries and hand-crafted potato chips. Don't want to slave over elaborate meal prep?--no problem. These stores also sell ready-made veggies; pre-formed flavored hamburgers (truffle and pizza flavors are excellent) or chicken cutlets ready to pop in the pan; sandwiches, cheese, fruit, and wine to pack for a day trip. We found it easiest on our stomachs and our budget to lunch at restaurants. Then an easy pick-up dinner at night was enough. Nearby restaurant finds: 4 Leoni, Caffe Ricchi, Casalinga, Tamero (glorious handmade pastas), Antica Porta (best pizza in Florence!), and Sabatino's Trattoria (near Porta Frediano--best prices, very friendly service). Don't miss the open-air market in Santo Spirito square for gifts to take home, last year's designer fashions at bargain prices, artisanal foods. Gelato at Ricchi or across from Pitti Palace--divine. Owners George and Lynn helped us cheerfully: how to take the bus to Siena on our own, calling a cab when it rained. Thank

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Seattle, Washington, USA

Our home in the city.

  • 5 of 5

We (2 adults and two teenagers) stayed for 3 nights (wished it was more).

Wonderful location within easy walking of the Ponte Vecchio and the center of Florence. Not in the middle of all the tourists though, felt more like a neighborhood. All you need is within ~200 yards, groceries, meat market, wine, bakery if you will be cooking in. Plenty of nice restaurants or places to eat nearby.

The apartment felt like home. Clean and all in working order. Well stocked, not like some rentals that have barely utensils etc. to cook anything, or bare cabinets without some of the supplies that you may need but forgot to buy. The beds including the pullout sofa were comfortable, firm and nice, Pillows were wonderful too. Think of the place as if the owners are basically loaning out their place of residence, rather than a rental that has the minimums.

Window screens on all the windows, and AC if you really need it. We were there in 80+F temperatures (July) and AC was not necessary.

Two bathrooms, one with a double sink allowed us to get out the door to enjoy the town quickly. No hot water issues, nothing "interesting" you had to deal with.

TV, Wifi, Movies, library, etc were also available. Washing machine that works great.

Best part for last; listening to our Daughter play the Grand Piano in her room.

We considered not giving up the keys.

The proprietors were quick to respond to emails or IMs as we approached our stay and arranged to have someone meet us and show us how everything worked.

Photos on the website were very representative.

Easy to find.

Owner's recommendations printed in a brochure were very helpful.

Best place we stayed in Italy. Would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Florence Peretola Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Circolo Golf Ugolino, Impruneta
Nearest Train
1 Miles
S. M. Novella
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
A1 Highway
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Elba Island and Grosseto coast line
Car: not necessary

If you feel you need a jaunt in the countryside, please know that a 10-minute drive will

see you surrounded by vineyards in the Chianti area with lots of wine-tasting possibilites. You can also easily make day trips to Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Arezzo and other Tuscan towns.

Rome or Bologna are only a 100-minute train ride away.

From our side of the city joggers will be able to run in open countryside, which begins only 3km from our place.

You might consider a stay in Umbria, the region just south of Tuscany, with jewels such

as Perugia, Assisi, Todi, Spoleto and Orvieto to discover. We have a home in Todi

which you can view at


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Santo Spirito -Palazzo Pitti Apartment Rental Rates

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Mar 15 2015 - Nov 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
Nov 15 2015 - Feb 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

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Notes The rental fee depends on season, number of people and length of stay. $1,000/wk: average fee. A $500 deposit/holding fee is required when reserving ($950 for long rentals). This sum is returned to you within a wk of your departure minus utilities (negotiable depending on season) and $100 clean up fee. Rental fee to be sent 2 months prior to arrival (negotiable). Credit card, check, transfer.
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Santo Spirito -Palazzo Pitti Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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