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

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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 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

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, Serbo-Croatian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

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 San Marco-San Gallo

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
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San Marco-San Gallo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • 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
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.


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Fantastic little cottage in the heart of Florence

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of four, the children aged 15 and 13 and we have spent a great week in Florence and Tuscany over Eastern 2017. We booked the cottage upon reading the many positive reviews. And we certainly have not been disappointed ;)

Michelangelo’s cottage is just as described by the other reviewers. It is very cozy, individually decorated, clean, quiet, and less than 10 minutes by foot from the city center. There is a supermarket just 100 meters down the road, also a great bakery and some nice restaurants. Since the cottage is near the city center, but not in the city center, there were also many Italians and Florentine families in the restaurants and not just visiting tourists.

During our stay, we have prepared dinner in the kitchen twice. All necessary kitchen utilities were available. The kitchen is small, but well equipped.

The kids slept on the sofa beds, which were two single beds. The beds very comfortable and the kids slept well.

We have experienced the city center of Florence as rather full of tourists – particularly over Eastern. The little cottage with its patio has been a very welcome quiet refuge after a bath in the mass of tourists. A quiet break, sipping an Italian cappuccino on the patio and reading a book. Most of the days however, we have taken a bus out of Florence and hiked in the Tuscany hills. The railway station as well as the bus station are easily reached by foot.

The contact to Daniela and her family was very nice, informal and uncomplicated. Due to circumstances with public transportation, we arrived very late in the evening… it was almost midnight. But this was absolutely no problem. Daniela and her family made us feel very welcome, by giving information and also by asking about our day and how it had been. They were always available, in case we had any questions. We had a little “malheur” on our last day (a lost wedding ring in a little village in Tuscany) and Daniela offered her help spontaneously. Fortunately, there is a happy ending to this story, about which we will still talk when we are old and grey ;)

  • Submitted: May 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Muriel and Andreas, so glad you got the ring back! It was great to host you, come back any time... dani & Co
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Perfect, so peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Dani is the perfect host. As a late check in she had stocked up with breakfast for us and a late night drink. She spent time with us and a map detailing places of interest and best places to eat. The property is so close to fabulous restaurants and the city is within easy walking distance.

Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy and functional place

  • 5 of 5

Like other visitors had wrote, place was like in descriptioned and we can recommend it for small groups, friends and families.

There are three big wardrobes, also plenty of space in toilet, where to put things. Beds are good and toilet worked fine (for three ladies enough hot water in shower, good hairdryer etc). We made dinner in our last night in Florence and kitchen was really functional. Courtyard was cute (with lemontree and flowers) and it was perfect place to rest after walking around the city all day!

There is a grocery store very near, it's open from early morning to evening, every day.

It was very easy to walk everywhere and there are also nice restaurants near.

We had little wonders before the trip about walking our place through Danielas home, but that wasn't a problem at all. Daniela helped us before and during the trip (few unexpected problems;) and we had really a wonderful stay in Firenze! Thank You Daniela and family for everything!

Ps. If you stay few days and want to see lot of places, we recommend Firenze card. It's valid 72 hours, cost 72 euros, and you have free access most of the important places and you can also skip the lines (there were very long lines to most famous places). With Duomos Cupola, you need to make a reservation (they give you a visiting time) and during our visit in May, there was two days already booked, so we managed to make a reservation the day, we were leaving ... . So read very carefully the Duomo part of Firenze card!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a lot Tina, it was a pleasure to host you!
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Authentic Florentine Experience

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was all it was described to be and more. We would recommend this lovely property to anyone interested in being in a quiet neighborhood, but also close to the action, including the train/bus station, Central Market, Accademia and easy walking distance to almost anywhere in Florence. The cottage had plenty of room to relax and be comfortable, the bed was very comfortable, and afforded the space and conveniences you are not going to get in a hotel unless you are paying a great deal more. The courtyard was the perfect place to relax with a bottle of wine at the end of a long day. Daniela is a gracious and attentive host who welcomes you into her family and makes you feel like a friend who is visiting. She has a wealth of knowledge to share and provided us with many unique suggestions for things to do/or places to eat. Our vacation would not have been the same, had we not had the opportunity to stay at Michelangelo's Cottage. If you want to experience an authentic Florentine neighborhood and have a unique experience, don't hesitate to book your stay here.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Richard, it is my pleasure to reveal Florence's secrets to people who are interested (and interesting...). You are the perfect guests and you'll be always more than welcome...
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in Florence and it was very much attributed to our stay here. Our luggage was delayed and Dani was amazing to acquire us some toiletries for the night and make us feel welcomed. The location is amazing and we enjoyed exploring on foot. We took all of her sight seeing and restaurant recommendations and couldn't have had a better time.

We also enjoyed a traditional annual parade with her family which made us feel like a true Florentine. We have such fun memories from the evenings activities!

If you are lucky enough to be in Florence, planning and trip and reading this, don't hesitate to stay here!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jen, I'm happy you mention the September 7th Parade (la Rificolona) because it's a very very old festivity, that we celebrate since centuries... The party is about the birthday of the Virgin Mary on September 8th: during the parade Florentine children - and parents - hold baloons and paper manufacts lightened up by candles, where other children attack them with peashooters trying to get the baloons down. In doing so, we recall the merchants attacked by burglars while coming to town during the night, to be able to set up their stalls for the early morning big market in SS. Annunziata square, the church dedicated to Mary.... Glad you liked being part of it, nobody could get your baloon down!
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The perfect place to stay if visiting Florence

  • 5 of 5

My Wife and I are great fans of the great city of Florence, this was our 5th trip to the city and by far our favourite trip so far. What made this our most enjoyable visit was this perfect cottage and its owner, the wonderful Daniela. The cottage location is perfect, just 10 minutes walk from the city centre with good facilities nearby. The cottage is very clean and comes equipped with all you would need to make your trip easy and comfortable. Daniela is the perfect host, sharing her local knowledge with us and making us feel perfectly at home. I would easily recommend this holiday home to anyone thinking of coming to Florence.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Richard, you were delightful guests, and great ambassadors for your country. I look forward to your 6th trip to Florence, don't worry, there is plenty more to see and experience.
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Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Florence Airport
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Nabucco Wine Bar, via XXVII Aprile
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
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
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!).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $122.88
cleaning fee $24.58

* Rates for 2 people include utilities: Gas, Electricity, Wi-Fi Fast Internet Connection, linen, towels etc.
For any additional person 10 EUR/night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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