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LOVELY FLAT, A STONE'S THROW FROM THE DUOMO!

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
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LOVELY FLAT, A STONE'S THROW FROM THE DUOMO!

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

Historic Center Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms + Attached Unit, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

This apartment, named 'Achille', has recently been renovated in high detail, and is located in a small piazza in the very heart of the city, just a 5 minute walk east of the Duomo. It is also just minutes from Piazza San Marco and Piazza Santa Croce. The apartment is 1 of 7 in a 17th century patrician building, with at ground level a large entry in the style of that period. Surrounded by shops of all types, it is also in close proximity to a large city supermarket, and the fruit and vegetable market of Sant’Ambrogio. The gamut of excellent restaurants and famous trattorias in the immediate vicinity are unlimited!

“Achille” is on the 3rd floor (no elevator) and measures 123 sq.meters / 1324 sq.ft. It sleeps maximum 5, is fully furnished, and is light and airy. Ideal for a family of 4 or 5. The entry hall leads into a large living room with fireplace and facing north onto a large, sunlit, plant-filled courtyard. The adjoining master bedroom faces the lovely courtyard and has an ensuite bathroom (tub/shower) and independent toilet. To the other side, the double bedroom also faces the same courtyard, and has a bathroom (shower). The additional single bedroom can also serve as a study. The large “sunken” kitchen/dining area is 9 steps down into a charming and cozy ambiance. It has an open-beam ceiling, a high-tech stainless steel workspace with lots of counter space; it includes stovetop, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and fridge with freezer. The dining table is for 6. There is a small laundry/utility room, with washing machine.

The apartment has newly laid hardwood “Doussier” floors and is furnished in an interesting mix of classic and modern styles. Bathrooms are decorated with Stucco Veneziano and have all new fixtures. Thick walls and double-glazing ensure quiet, and thermal insulation. There is central heating, air conditioning, Wireless Internet Access, Digital TV, satellite hook-up and DVD. Kitchenware and linen are supplied. Maid service is available on request.

An independent and fully equipped 1 bedroom apartment, also owned by us and named 'Gea', faces 'Achille' on the same 3rd floor landing, and can be rented together with it, to accommodate a larger group of 7 persons. Please see our website for details. Our Skype buddynames: 'florenceapts' and 'emylina'.

Keywords: apartment, flat, elegant, renovated, central, comfortable

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Owner
Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2014

About The Owner

When Emily Rosner took a semester off from her studies at New York University to travel around Europe, she had no idea that she'd end up meeting the man who would become her husband, Maurizio. In 1970 when she arrived, Florence had an exciting atmosphere with the numerous anti-war movements that students were organizing. It was far different from suburban Long Island, where Emily was from. She soon found herself a part of a group of 20 or more students that would meet every night and discuss politics over dinner. Among them was Maurizio. As do many expats who arrive in Florence without a plan, Emily went out looking for work, first finding a job at a disco, and then at a leather shop in Santa Croce.... ----- Article from 'The Florentine' - Oct 22nd, 2009 The rest is history! Maurizio and I got married and had two boys, Jacopo and Arturo. In the beginning, I taught English and developed audio/visual courses to teach English to children. We opened our bookshop in 1979, and it has become a watering hole for the entire Florentine expat community, a must-stop for English-speaking tourists, and an important textbook supplier for foreign study programs. After being in Florence for most of my adult life, I still find time to appreciate the city. I often stop while riding my bike across Ponte alla Carraia, taking a moment to enjoy one of the most splendid views of the river and the city. When I am walking around the city center, I make a concerted effort to look up and notice the details of the buildings. Florence never ceases to surprise me, in all of its beauty!

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1986

Why The Owner chose Historic Center

In 2007, we decided to move to a hill overlooking the city. This was our home for more than 20 years!

What makes this apartment unique

The area is extremely central and lively, restaurants, bars and shops! It is also located in an extremely central position, just minutes away from all major attractions...

Why HomeAway

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 26 traveler reviews

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Lovely Flat, a Stone's Throw from the Duomo!
average rating of 4.8076925 based on 26 reviews
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Lovely Flat, a Stone's Throw from the Duomo!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p295869vb
-+39 055-293460
Historic Center Florence
Vancouver BC Canada
5

Very highly recommended

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in Achille in mid-September and it was wonderful. I have little to add to the very positive reviews of this rental, but I do want to confirm that the comments are accurate! We could not have had a better place to stay for our 9-day sojourn in Florence. The apartment is even better than advertised and I would recommend it to anyone with the possible exception of someone who would have difficulty with the stairs. Achille is quiet, beautifully furnished, and it feels as if you are in your own home. Emily was very helpful when we arrived, and our communication in arranging the rental was clear and quick.
For a couple of days we were a group of 7 and we rented the GEA apartment across the hall to accommodate 2 people. Emily is also the owner of this one-bedroom flat which offered space, privacy, and the same excellent location and furnishings.
  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Lovely Flat, a Stone's Throw from the Duomo!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p295869vb
-+39 055-293460
Historic Center Florence
5

Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5
This was our 2nd stay at Achille. We just love this apartment. It is so comfortable and so thoughtfully appointed. Emily is wonderful to work with and wants her guests to feel at home in Florence. We've stayed with our 2 older daughters and are so grateful for all the space. All future trips to Florence will hopefully (if available) be spent at Achille.

The apartment location is ideal. Centrally located and within a short stroll to the city center. There a grocery store in the next block. Everything is within walking distance.

The apartment itself has everything you need. The rooms are large. The beds and linens are beautiful. The bathrooms are spacious. The kitchen is spectacular and a great place to entertain or just hang out.

We always feel a little sad to say goodbye to our Florence home. Thank you Emily!
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
business
Lovely Flat, a Stone's Throw from the Duomo!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p295869vb
-+39 055-293460
Historic Center Florence
5

Lovely Stay in Apartment Achille

  • 5 of 5
We stayed with our daughter and another couple in this lovely apartment and found it in a perfect location. It was close to Santa Croce, the Duomo and the Arno. It was impeccably clean and beautiful, the perfect place to unwind after a long day of walking. The kitchen is fabulous and we stayed in one night and our friend cooked a wonderful Italian dinner. If you have trouble with stairs it might be challenging but otherwise, we would highly recommend it.
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Lovely Flat, a Stone's Throw from the Duomo!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p295869vb
-+39 055-293460
Historic Center Florence
5

A perfect home in Florence

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in Emily's Achille apartment for 4 nights in June, 2014. I am not overstating to say that we fell in love with the place. My husband, two kids (12 and 14) and I stayed in the Achille apartment, and my mother stayed across the hall in Gea, a spacious studio. The apartment's location is simply outstanding. While the Duomo is visible just down the road, less than five minutes walk away, we felt like we could come home to a place that was completely separate from the throngs of tourists.

The apartment had plenty of room for all of us with a spacious master bedroom and ensuite, and a lovely separate suite with two twin beds and a bathroom. My teenager and almost teenager really appreciated the privacy this arrangement offered. The kitchen is gorgeous and very well equipped - almost made us want to cook dinners there, but we couldn't resist the Florentine restaurants. Everything in the apartment was beautifully maintained, and the A/C and wifi worked well.

Emily was a pleasure to deal with from the start. She met us at the apartment on our arrival, and provided us with a list of suggestions for restaurants, gelaterias (very important) and other amenities.

As we were leaving, my daughter remarked that she would like to return to Florence and live in Emily's apartment. A feeling shared by all of us!
  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
business
Lovely Flat, a Stone's Throw from the Duomo!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p295869vb
-+39 055-293460
Historic Center Florence
5

family of four enjoyed our stay

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in Achille in early June of 2013. We are a family of 4 (children 10, 13). Our daughter had one bedroom and our son the den. The apartment was as described - clean, modern and exactly what we required.

The kitchen was beautiful - we only used it for breakfast and a lunch or two, but it was well stocked and would be a fun kitchen to cook in!

The location was great - close to the Duomo without being to busy - we walked everywhere from the apartment. We felt very safe here and did not mind the stairs at all - made up for all the gelato we ate!

The bath next to the second bedroom was wonderful - clean and modern. The master bath was also great - only complaint for the entire apartment was the toilet separate from the main master bath...really such a slight complaint!

Our favorite restaurant was just around the corner - Touch - be sure to visit it when you stay here...my husband and I went alone one evening and liked it so much we took the kids with us the next night!

We would not hesitate to recommend this apartment and hope to return one day!
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Lovely Flat, a Stone's Throw from the Duomo!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p295869vb
-+39 055-293460
Historic Center Florence
Hazelton, B.C. Canada
5

Fantastic Flat

  • 5 of 5
This wonderful flat was “home” to our family of four adults for 17 days over Christmas and New Year’s and we highly recommend it to anyone seeking something beyond the typical futon-couch holiday let. “Achille” is one of the most comfortable vacation apartments we’ve ever rented; it has been lovingly decorated and furnished to create a stylish yet warmly welcoming home.

We wanted an apartment that would allow us to spend time together as a family at Christmas. But we also wanted a place that would provide us with some personal space, too. Achille was perfect in both regards. The living room truly is a living room – it is comfortable and inviting, easily accommodating four adults or more. And the kitchen is amazing. Not only is it fully equipped so that you can really cook, but it is a great space with wonderful reminders that most buildings in Florence have hidden histories all their own. We spent a lot of time together in both rooms and felt very much at home.

As for sleeping/privacy areas, I’d say photos of these rooms don’t really do them justice. We found them much less austere, and more comfortable, than they appear. It was wonderful to have so much closet space – so much nicer than tripping over one’s suitcase. Our adult children were pleased to have their own bedrooms; one had the double room and one the converted television room. Needless to say, having two bathroom facilities for four people was a definite plus.

The location of this flat suited us perfectly and allowed us to feel part of the city. As it is just outside the pedestrian-only area, “Achille” provided a blessed refuge from Florence’s ever-present crowds. Yet everything we wanted to do or see was close by. When we stepped outside of the building each morning, we were greeted by views of the Duomo to our right. To our left, a few blocks’ walk would take us to Santa Croce and on to the Arno.

The neighbourhood around “Achille” is interesting in itself and is a pleasant change from Tourist Florence. A supermarket is close to the apartment and handy for necessities. We also enjoyed shopping at smaller stores, and highly recommend the friendly, helpful and extremely patient butchers in Piazza San Pier Maggiore.

“Friendly, helpful and patient” are words I’d also use to describe Emily, who owns “Achille.” From start to finish, she made everything easy. Simply put, she is a dream host and we feel privileged she and Maurizio allowed us to make their former home ours for a little while.
  • Submitted: May 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
FLR, Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Historic Center Apartment Rental Rates

Notes

  • €950/wk
  • Euro
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • 4 nights - €650 | 5 nights - €750 | 6 nights - €850
  • 1st wk - €950 | 2nd wk - €850 | 3rd wk - €750 | additional wks - €650
  • Payment by bank transfer or with credit card through PayPal.
  • Above rates net of all (bank or Paypal) transfer charges.
  • Not included are utilities (calculated on consumption), and final cleaning.
  • Cash deposit of €300 upon arrival covering for
  • required final cleaning (90€), utilities, and damage deposit
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Amenities

Historic Center Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1) Is by default located in the master bedroom, however it can be divided into two single beds when necessary., Twin or Single Beds (3) The twin bedroom has two single beds that can be (comfortably) connected into a king bed when necessary. The third single bed is located in a third bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) Available on request without additional fees.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

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