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Great 2-Room Flat 2 Blocks from the Duomo!

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Speaks: english
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Great 2-Room Flat 2 Blocks from the Duomo!

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Colognole Rufina Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The apartment, named 'Gea', has recently been renovated in high detail, 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. It 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!

'Gea' is on the 3rd floor (without elevator), and measures 40 sq. meters / 430 sq. ft. It sleeps maximum 2, is fully furnished, airy, and has plenty of sunlight. One enters into the living room with two large windows facing south, onto the piazza. The small but all new kitchen corner is fully equipped: stone counter-top, stovetop, microwave, dishwasher, and fridge with freezer. There is a table for 4/6, and a comfortable sitting area. To one side is a full bathroom, with all new fixtures including a great walk-in shower. To the other side, the double (twin or king size, your choice) bedroom, with one large window also on the piazza. There is a small laundry/utility room, with washing machine.

The apartment has newly laid hardwood “Doussier” floors and is furnished in a contemporary style. Thick walls and double-glazing ensure quiet, and thermal insulation. There is central heating, air conditioning, Wireless Internet access, TV, and DVD. Kitchenware and linen are supplied. Maid service is available on request.

An independent and fully equipped 3 bedroom apartment, also owned by us and named 'Achille', faces 'Gea' 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, central, renovated, sunny, airy

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Owner
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2015

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 Colognole Rufina

In 2007, we decided to move to a hill overlooking the city. This was our home for more than 16 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

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 19 traveler reviews

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Great 2-Room Flat 2 Blocks from the Duomo!
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews
Vancouver BC Canada
5

Perfect for 2

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed 2 nights in Gea in mid-September. It was very clean, well-supplied, and nicely appointed. The bed was very comfortable and the living room was a good place to relax after a day of touring. We rented this apartment and the Achille apartment across the hall. The two apartments were a perfect combination for our group. (Achille sleeps 5.) They are conveniently located near a good grocery, markets, many good restaurants, and in walking distance of all attractions - and the train station! Emily is an excellent host. She is very organized, provides excellent recommendations, and is able to assist travellers when necessary, such as calling early morning taxis! Gea is a perfect apartment for 2.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Elk, California
5

SO COMFORTABLE AND PERFECT LOCATION

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I stayed in Gea for 10 days in April and it was absolutely perfect. The apartment is beautifully renovated with great amenities that were a delightful surprise. It was very clean and had absolutely everything we needed. The location is superb, and we were able to walk to everything in Florence we were interested in....steps to Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Piazza de la Republica, the Duomo....all the highlights of Florence are easily accessible. I'm trying to figure out how to return and pick up where we left off. It was perfect.

My only suggestion would as an addition would be a full length mirror, but that was about the only thing I wished for. Other than that, who could ask for more? The owner, Emily, (the bookstore is beautiful; make sure to go), was very congenial, and helpful. There is an excellent reference book she has put together regarding the apartment and dining suggestions. The supermarket is a stone's throw and quite adequate, but the big open markets are also easily negotiated.

It was a wonderful and memorable experience I shall not soon forget and Gia was a huge part of that.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA
5

Stay Again in a Heart Beat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this flat for 6 nights in September. The small flat more than exceeded our expectations and was very clean and tastefully decorated with all the essentials. With all the security features we felt like we were staying in Fort Knox. We cooked a lot of our meals during our stay here and having a grocery store and meat market close by made shopping and cooking easy. We did find the Piazza noisy at night (we are open window sleepers) but with the windows closed it wasn't as noisy. This flat is very close to all tourist sights and walking distance to everything. Emily is delightful and a pleasure to deal with and of course speaks perfect english . We would highly recommend this apartment but would caution some that there are 64 stairs up to the flat if stairs are an issue. I would stay here again if we decide to return to Florence.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Seattle, WA, USA
5

Great Gia apartment!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was as described. The apartment was even nicer than the photos. Working with Emily was so easy and I really appreciated being able to go through a US-based bank. Unfortunately, Emily could not meet us, but Gianna was a treasure! She did a fabulous job explaining all we needed to know about the apartment and Florence. We were not bothered by the noice from the little piazza across the street; the windows did their job. (We heard it but it wasn't enough to keep us up.). The location was fabulous - a couple of blocks from the Duomo and 10 minutes from the Uffizi. Lots of good food close by. The only downside was a sulphur smell from the ground floor that wafted up the stairwell. We saw some people working on the street sewer downstairs so that probably accounted for it. Bottom line - a gem of an apartment and Highly Recommended! I would definitely consider for a return trip! Grazie mille!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5

Fantastic 10 night stay in Florence apartment

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for 10 nights in April while traveling through Italy, and we were very pleased with the accommodations and the prime location. The apartment is in close proximity to the Duomo - about a 5-minute walk to the old town centre. There is a supermarket about a 30 second walk down the street and a vegetable and meat market a bit further down. We cooked in half of the nights and it was a real treat getting to use local produce to whip up our meals. The apartment comes very well equipped, but in case you run out of paper towel, toilet paper or other essentials, there's a 99 cent store right downstairs - very practical and handy.

Upon reflection, we strongly feel the apartment provides very good value in terms of the overall package. You're getting a fully renovated and furnished apartment in a prime location at a VERY reasonable price. We also had a car, and the garage was also only a 5 minute walk from the apartment. The garage reduced our daily rate by 30% because of our extended stay. That was very much appreciated. The bedroom was very clean with a supremely comfortable bed. In fact, it was the best bed we slept in over our 2 months of traveling. My only advice for future guests is to be aware of the street noise at night. This apartment is located in what is considered the downtown residential district with multiple international university branches nearby, which in turn means a large student population which likes to go out at night. This wasn't a problem for us, as we were aware of this in advance and the sleep sound machine provided by Emily was very effective. Once on, you don't hear a peep. Plus I know that the owners are working on a more permanent fix for this issue. We are very grateful for our wonderful stay here and all the advice we received. Emily provides a very professional and warmhearted service. Very prompt and very accomodating. We definitely plan to stay with her again the next time we visit Florence.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes! Apartment Gea’s double-glazing was originally installed while we were still residing there, in the early 90’s, and was long due for renewal. As of Wednesday of last week (May 23rd, 2012) the windows have been refitted with state-of-the-art asymmetric double glazing, using different and higher thicknesses, and more modern technology of soundproofing materials. Also, the regulation air vent on the outside wall of the living room (another culprit in the noise issue) now sports a very pretty, and very functional baffle-box, compliments of my husband’s woodworking talents. What was once a noise issue is now significantly diminished.
Concord, NH
5

What a wonderful apartment!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment far exceeded the description and our expectations. The bed was SOOO comfortable and the kitchen met all our needs. It was exceptionally clean and well cared for. The owners were helpful, caring, exceptional in willing to meet our needs. We ran into a problem with booking a taxi to get to the airport when leaving, and Emily offered to get up at 4:00 am and take us. We felt we were with friends. If you want a marvelous place to stay in Florence, this is it. We walked EVERYWHERE!! It was so convenient for shopping and sights. For a couple it is the place to stay!!!!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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Rates & Availability

From €70 Per night

Colognole Rufina Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High season
May 1 2015 - Jul 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
€100
€650
€2,100
 
 
Low season
Aug 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
€70
€450
€1,500
 
 
High season
Sep 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
€100
€650
€2,100
 
 
Low season
Nov 1 2015 - Feb 29 2016
4 night minimum stay
€70
€450
€1,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
€85
€550
€1,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €300
Final Cleaning €50
Notes -- Heating/air conditioning is not included. Average estimate per week thru the year: JAN, FEB, MAR: €10-25 / APR, MAY, JUN €5-10 / JUL, AUG €10-20 / SEP, OCT: €5-10 / NOV, DEC: €10-25. Eventual heating/AC consumption will be calculated at end of stay. Please consider these as "average estimates" and the possibility of "unusual" weather conditions.
-- Monthly stays: All utilities calculated at end of stay.
Reservation Deposit: 30% of Rental Fee required within 5 working days of option confirmation.
Balance: 40 days prior to arrival.
Last minute bookings (less than 40 days prior): 50% of Rental Fee required within 5 working days of option confirmation.
Balance: to be agreed with renter.
Damage Deposit to be paid in Euro cash upon arrival.
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Amenities

Colognole Rufina 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 ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1) It can be divided into two single beds when necessary., Twin or Single Beds (2) They can be (comfortably) connected into a king bed when necessary., Baby Cribs (1) Available on request without additional fees.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • 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

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