FLORENTINE ELEGANCE IN HISTORIC SANTA CROCE

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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FLORENTINE ELEGANCE IN HISTORIC SANTA CROCE

Santa Croce - Uffizi Apartment Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, sleeps 2-4

The apartment is located in the heart of Renaissance Florence on Via Ghibellina, between Borgo Allegri and Via Dei Macci; about two blocks away from Michelangelo's house, five minutes walk to Santa Croce, 15 minutes walk to the Duomo or Piazza della Signoria. This neighborhood was featured in the May '05 issue of Bon Appetit.

The main part of this building was registered in the 'Comune' as a convent in the 12th century and renovations and additions have been made throughout the centuries. It is probably part of the surge of the Dominican and Franciscan convents, monasteries, and churches that took over the Santa Croce area in the 12th century.

Recently, on a visit to Leonardo Da Vinci's hilltop town of Vinci, west of Florence, I discovered that he first came to work for the well-known sculptor Andrea Del Verrocchio. To my surprise, the workshop was located on the corner of Via Ghibellina and the street that is now called Via Dei Macci.

That would be just below my apartment, at the corner. To be sure, every stone in Florence has a story to tell.

The apartment is on the third floor (no elevator), going up a wide staircase made of pietra serena, a local Florentine stone, with a hand wrought iron railing. The stairs are low and manageable with a large landing at each level.

The architect who restored this apartment cleaned through several layers of paint and grime to reveal the original ceiling frescoes in the living room and applied paints to the rest of the house accordingly. Faux finishes on the walls complement the Florentine colors of the frescoes on the airy, high ceilings of the living room.

The apartment has beautiful parquet floors. There is a hand-painted, built-in in the corner of the living room with its matching console. An ancient hand-carved marble sink found in the building serves as a sink in the kitchen striking a distinct contrast to the gleaming white Carrara marble countertop. Some ceiling light fixtures feature Venetian Murano glass or other locally blown glass.

The bedroom lamps were custom-made by local Florentine artisans in the Renaissance tradition. The antique doors to every room are restored and curiously stand on their hinges in the manner of many doors of 'old' buildings in the area such as Cibreo's (a nearby restaurant), for example. The apartment is decorated with a few antique pieces.

The bedrooms are spacious and sunlit with suite bathrooms. The master bathroom has a bathtub with towel warmer. Both bathrooms have bidets and there is a powder room as well.

The heavy walnut dining room table can easily seat six persons. There are table linens, placemats, and table protectors for it.

In the kitchen you will find everything you need to create a gourmet meal, (including all the basic staples), if that is what you like to do. There are even cookbooks in case you really want to experiment with some of the great ingredients you will find in the Sant'Ambrogio market just around the corner from the house.

The neighborhood is colorful, full of great restaurants such as the famous Cibreo, as well as a produce, dairy and meat market,(Sant'Ambrogio) and antique and artisan shops. It is minutes away from everything. After you're done sightseeing, arrange dinner reservations at Enoteca Pinchiorri, said to be one of the top 10 restaurants in the world, on the same street as the apartment, 5 minutes away.

Finally, walk 'home' to a hot bath to rest your tired feet and slip into the bathrobes provided before sliding into crisp pressed linens for the night.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the manager
The building has a grace that was lovely to return to.

My husband had a wonderful 50th birthday; our paris based daughter joined us.. she also loved the apartment, and the 2 bathrooms were a bonus.

We dined at the Hotel Santa Croce..just down the street from the apartment. It was the perfect venue for a special celabration.

We loved the location and ambience of the apartment, and Donald was punctual, welcoming and lovely.

We hope to return to Via Ghibbelina in the future,

Again,

Many thanks,

Julie

August 2007
Mar 2008
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Gilda

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Speaks french, italian, spanish, english
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Florentine Elegance in Historic Santa Croce
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Santa Croce - Uffizi Historic Center
Tucson, AZ
5

PERFECT LOCATION IN A MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY

  • 5 of 5
My husband and close friends shared this beautiful apartment for four days. It was extremely spacious and well equipped. We were met at the apartment building door
by Niccolo who helped us up the stairs with our bags and explained everything to us about the apartment and the neighborhood. In addition, Gilda had a binder overflowing with information about the area, its restaurants, her favorite cafes, bakeries, etc. We loved the authenticity and charm of the building especially sitting in the communal courtyard eating a snack and admiring the flower bed (jointly planted and maintained by some of the tenants). Gilda's neighbors were welcoming and friendly and answered
questions for us more than once during our stay. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was supplied with fresh fruit and water for our arrival. Almost anywhere you would want to go in Florence was within walking distance (except airport). We will most definitely return to Gilda's apartment on our next trip to Italia! Grazie mille for a
memorable stay in your friendly and charming city.
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Betsy,
Thank you so much. We sincerely hope you don't let too much time before you're back again.
Gilda
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Santa Croce - Uffizi Historic Center
South Burlington, Vermont, USA
5

WONDERFUL APARTMENT IN FLORENCE!

  • 5 of 5
Our time in Gilda and Fulvio’s apartment in Florence was wonderful. The apartment is lovely, well-equipped, situated in a perfect location and close to all of the sights.

We (two couples) spent six nights (4/28/14 – 5/4/14) and were very happy and comfortable with everything. A bonus for us is that it was larger than we anticipated and we found it perfectly delightful for sharing time together or for taking a bit of personal space.

The kitchen is easy to work in and it was so nice to have staple items on-hand. We also took advantage of the washing machine. Every inch of the apartment was exceptionally clean. To have 2.5 baths in the apartment is a gift.

Gilda is so easy to work with and very communicative and knowledgeable -- as are her local helpers: Niccolo and Marlina. The apartment has many reference books and a binder full of restaurant and touring recommendations. We ate several excellent meals right in the neighborhood. It was also a treat to have the local farmer’s market just a few blocks away.

When we next travel to Florence, we will definitely stay in their apartment again. Try it…it is a real treat!
  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Denise,

It's so nice to hear all this. It is a pleasure to help in whatever way we can to make a vacation special.

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Santa Croce - Uffizi Historic Center
Canada
5

WONDERFUL TRIP

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful time in Florence, staying at Gilda's beautiful apartment was marvellous. After a long day exploring the city it was such a pleasure to come home to the airy, spacious and restful apartment, I could settle in with one of the books from a great selection available, or have a nice soak in the tub. Throughout the entire booking process and beyond, Gilda was prompt and detailed in her responses, everything was just as described. Niccolo met us at the building entrance and showed us to the apartment, explaining everything and providing helpful suggestions for shopping, eating and provisions. There was fruit and a bottle of wine to welcome us. Gilda has helpful notes with all phone numbers you may need during your stay. Marlina the housekeeper was also friendly and nice. We found the location perfect and we loved the neighbourhood. We made friends with the charming young man at Forno, the bakery across the street. It made our day to be greeted with a cheery wave and smile from him as we passed by the shop, we invariably stopped in to buy some delicous bread and pastries and have a chat. We had a wonderful stay in Florence, loved the city and its people, and we hope to be back. And when we return, we would love to stay in the same apartment.
  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Sharmila,
It is a pleasure to know you enjoyed your stay in Florence and at our place. We certainly hope you return soon to rekindle your friendships in the neighborhood.
Gilda
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Santa Croce - Uffizi Historic Center
Potomac, Md
5

RETIREMENT CELEBRATION IN FIRENZE

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I were celebrating his retirement in the city we both adore, and spent an amazing week with this villa as our home base! The Santa Croce neighborhood allowed us easy walking access to everything in the city, the Pitti Palace, the Ponte Vecchio, the Piazza Signoria, the Academy, and Sante Croce itself! Shopping for groceries was a few blocks away, and the villa a breeze to cook in! The notebook with restaurant, shopping, and suggestions made decisions easier. The support staff Nicolo, his father and the housekeeper, were a huge asset. The apartment was a welcome relief to the busy days of sightseeing, the beds a dream, the antiques beautiful, the full bath tub a luxury after a day of walking! A perfect week, in Firenze. Thank you to the gracious hosts who share their beautiful home!
  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Dear Kenneth and Caroline,

In this apartment we're happy to have hosted guests celebrating their retirement, special birthdays, anniversaries, visits to children studying art, and simply enjoying Florence. We hope you return, now that you are retired!

Gilda
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Santa Croce - Uffizi Historic Center
New Bern, NC
5

SANTA CROCE TREASURE

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I stayed for eight days in this wonderful apartment. This was the third time that we have resided there, we keep returning to the same place for some very good reasons. The apartment is exactly as represented in the description, it is spacious and very well maintained. It has high ceilings, large casement windows opening both onto the street and and onto a small interior courtyard. The kitchen is a joy to work in, fully equipped with high quality cookware, cutlery, and appliances. To me the kitchen is critical as I love to shop at the nearby Sant' Ambrogio market and then prepare our evening meals. The apartment is spotless, the furniture is comfortable and is complemented by a number of beautiful antiques. The living room has comfortable chairs, a plush sofa and a bookcase filled with books of art history, museum guides, novels and much more. Gilda is a joy to work with, she responds quickly to any question that might arise and she has several local people readily available to assist you if you should so need them. Perhaps the greatest thing about this apartment is the location on Via Ghibellina, just a couple blocks off Piazza Santa Croce, this location removes you from the ebb and flow of most of the tourist traffic in Florence, it is located in a working neighborhood, there is a wonderful bakery on the corner, the best pizza in town two blocks away at Il Pizzaiuolo, a great restaurant across the street Cafe Dino, coffee and antipasti at Cafe Cibreo, the farmers market and much much more. It is a ten minute walk to Pizza della Signoria, fifteen minutes to Pizza de Duomo and the same to the San Lorenzo Market. When we return to Florence we will definitely select this wonderful apartment again.
  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Les,
It's a delight to rent to savvy travelers like yourself who have a real sense of what Italy is like and how to get the most of it. Fulvio and I hope you return many more times to a place that must be feeling like a second home to you.
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Santa Croce - Uffizi Historic Center
4

GREAT LOCATION

  • 4 of 5
The thing that sticks out most to me is the attention Gilda showed to Bonnie and me in communicating with us and facilitating our visit. This was our first trip to Europe and we had another couple with us for the vacation, so a bit of pressure as we were the planners of the trip more or less. So, the attention Gilda showed in caring for us before and during the stay carried a value that was beyond dollars, or euros. The apartment is very nice, and the wifi works well, which was great since we would end the day with wine and our iPads doing planning for day trips. The stereo system is good quality and adds a great ambiance in the evenings. The tall windows add elegance and circulation. The noise in the street is manageable, but we had a great tool to mask unwanted sound during sleep. I have a Jambox Bluetooth speaker and an iPad app called Sleep Machine and a setting called Fan. Turn it up until it covers the noise and you will sleep like a baby. We do wish the commode in the guest (back) bedroom was functional. Bonnie and I had to use the hall toilet which did detract from the experience a bit, as we appreciated the concept of en suite facilities in the description. There is a small courtyard below, and apartment guests can sit at the tables to the left and right as you enter the area. Tons to see and do close by. We found great food everywhere and late in our trip discovered Baccarossa, out our door and on the corner to the right. Great food and wine. Max is the owner. We had heard stories about Italy, and how much people enjoyed visiting. There is substance behind that. Italy is a wonderland. Don't miss a bus ride to Greve, and then take a cardio walk up the hill to Montefioralle, and bring your camera. Thank you Gilda, for a great vacation, our hearts are still in Europe!
  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Tim,
My flaw is that I sometimes provide too much information. The toilet you mention works fine. It's just what typically can happen in an ancient building. This toilet is slow. The other two toilets are not. If it is used with care, it is just fine...not doing so, could result in problems. I'm sorry that my warnings about this toilet resulted in you not using it. I wish we had spoken about it while you were there so that I could reassure you. But I'm glad, nevertheless, that you enjoyed Florence, and the apartment.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Peretola
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Santa Maria Novella
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Cibreo
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
Dinos

20 minutes from Peretola airport.

If you are interested in cooking classes, you will find several excellent cooking schools with exciting classes to offer. Opportunities for classes are not only in Florence but in the surrounding medieval hilltop towns which are close-in to Florence and easily reached by car or train.

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Santa Croce - Uffizi Apartment Rental Rates

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All seasons
Jan 1 2014 - Dec 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
€265
€1,600
€4,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €500
50% of the rent is due at time of booking; the rest is due 2 months before arrival, including the damage deposit of 500 euros.
Notes Four-night minimum.
Contact us for consideration of discount for a single or double accommodation.
Credit cards only through Paypal. Paypal fee of 3% charged to guest.
To avoid fraud be sure to speak to me in person to finalize any payment.
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Amenities

Santa Croce - Uffizi Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 108 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Mobile Phone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Masterbath has a shower/bathtub combination, the other bathroom has a shower without bathtub.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • synagogues
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • cinemas
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
Notes:
Landline, wireless and/or broadband internet access (bring your own laptop), thick towels, nice linens.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the manager's website:

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