check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar

Perfect Cheerful Top Floor Apartment Near Duomo-Sunny-Charm-Welcome Basket-WiFi

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Pay with confidence

When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.

Learn more


Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Duomo Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

See what the experts say about us! Conde Nast Traveler Magazine Italy Experience Maker award, Travel & Leisure Magazine Italy All-Star award, Better Business Bureau A+ perfect rating, SlowTravel Preferred, Vacation Rental Managers Association professional.

Call us 1.888.308.6123 (North America). We welcome your inquiries and questions and will respond within one business day.

Click the video link to walk through the apartment.


Freshly remodeled, sunny apartment in the historic center provides walkability to the sites. The top floor position yields lots of light, making it a cheerful, pleasant apartment.

Apartment is on the 4th floor (5th Floor North American designation). No elevator, 66 steps.


Located near Piazza San Lorenzo it's an easy walk to the Duomo, the train station, the Church of San Lorenzo and Medici Chapels. The Mercato Centrale nearby offers vast varieties of Italian food specialities, cheeses, hand made pasta, artisan olive oils and fresh fruits and vegetables.

This is a very central location so you can be back 'home' within a matter of minutes from most of the historic center sites. The neighborhood has many convenient shops, there is a small supermarket within 2 blocks, a mom-and-pop grocer, a pizzeria, several restaurants, a pharmacy and a bakery within one block.


The building is small with only two apartments per floor. The Solare apartment has an enviable top-floor position, commanding all three windows across the top floor of the building.


The building dates back to the 15th century so the building's stairwell shows some wear, with old stone steps that have been well used for centuries. It's not an impressive entrance, there are no architectural details or adornments since this was, and still is, a working class neighborhood.

The apartment is on the 3rd floor Italian/4th floor North America designation. There are 66 steps and no elevator. The greeter will help you carry your luggage upstairs on arrival.

As you reach the top floor a skylight over the stairwell admits light. On each floor the residents have put personal, neighborly touches on their front door or a little flower pot next to their door, so it feels homey and welcoming compared to a large, bustling impersonal apartment building.

A special feature that delights are the nice views from the windows in the living room and bedroom. Gaze out at timeless views of the distant hills that surround Florence. It's a bright, pleasant apartment.

The living room, bedroom and hallway have parquet wood floors, easy on the feet. The living room is cozy, with wood bookshelves, flat screen TV, IPod dock, multistandard DVD player with a small selection of English language DVDs. A comfy sofa and two arm chairs provide comfortable seating for four people. There is a pull-down double size Murphy bed in the living room. During the day it folds up flat behind the sofa. Since it is double size it's best suited for one adult or two young children. The living room door can be closed off, if you use the pull-down bed, a feature we appreciate so that guests in the bedroom can get up and move about the apartment without waking up other members of their travel party sleeping in the living room.

The bedroom has a queen size bed with a comfortable, good quality mattress. A large, handsome armoire provides good clothing storage space. Here too you can enjoy views across rooftops towards the hills. Night stands with small reading lamps are on either side of the bed.

The bathroom has a fully enclosed shower with adjustable sprayer and also a fixed rain style shower head. The shower stall is standard Italian size, but a bit small by U.S. standards. Plenty of natural light too from the window as well as good lighting over the medicine cabinet mirror.

The newly remodeled kitchen is delightful. It has a window facing the light well with a flower box, a nice touch. Full size refrigerator with separate freezer compartment, all amenities and thoughtfully appointed with pots, pans, utensils. The dining table is positioned in front of the kitchen window and can seat four people. It's a pleasant spot for eating and the table also provides good work surface for catching up on emails since apartment has free WiFi.

Keywords: Florence Vacation Rental Apartment, Florence Holiday Flat, Florence Italy Apartment

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Property manager/Owner
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
Call Manager

About Property manager/Owner

This property is offered by Italy Perfect. We are a family business with a mission! We want you to love Italy as much as we do. We offer online booking and a variety of payment options: VISA, MasterCard, check, wire or cash. We are based in North America, we can answer your questions in English or Italian.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Property manager/Owner purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Property manager/Owner chose Historic Center

We like the excellent location, proximity to the historic sites and restaurants. It is a sunny and cheerful apartment, very comfortable.

Guestbook comments from the manager

The Solare apartment was the most comfortable place we stayed during our three week visit to Italy. Our greeter was so friendly, accommodating and helpful that it made our first visit to Florence relaxing and stress free. We certainly got our daily exercise climbing the three flights of stairs! The location was convenient with the Galleria dell'Accademia just two blocks away. If you see nothing else in Florence, you must see Michelangelo's David. Also, visit the house where Michelangelo once lived which is now Museo di Casa Buonarroti. If you go left from the apartment headed towards Mercado Centrale, the neighborhood a little dicey. However, Trattoria ZaZa is nearby in that area which is a good place for lunch, light snack or dinner. If you go left from the apartment, the neighborhood is definitely more upscale, especially Via Cavour going south towards the Duomo. For the best view and food in Florence, located next to the Arno River, overlooking Ponte Vecchio go to The Golden View. They have a variety of restaurants: formal dining, seafood, bar with jazz and a casual space for light breakfast and snacks. Italy Perfect is terrific!
Oct 2013
  • 1 of 35


based on 23 traveler reviews

Perfect Cheerful Top Floor Apartment Near Duomo-Sunny-Charm-Welcome Basket-WiFi
average rating of 5.0 based on 58 reviews

Great location, excellent apartment

  • 5 of 5

Our stay could not have been better. The apartment was very comfortable with all the amenities and located in a quiet area close to all the best sights. The owner was welcoming and gracious. We only wish we could have stayed longer. I highly recommend this apartment and the Italy Perfect website.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A lovely, charming apartment in a great location for seeing art

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Solare for nine nights and couldn't have been happier. Each room is beautifully proportioned, comfortable, and nicely decorated. They also have high ceilings and large windows with views of the street and the sky and the hills in the distance--truly a delight to look out. Chiara, the owner of the property, has thought of everything to make one's stay lovely--she provides a welcome basket with wine, cheese, cookies, and more; chocolate candy at your bedside; a bowl of candy in the hallway; a fully equipped kitchen with both Italian and American coffee; comfortable linens and plush towels; plenty of closet space; and even a cellphone. She was kind enough to make arrangements for a taxi to pick us up to take us to the airport. Another great thing about the apartment is its location--it is very near to the San Lorenzo where you can view the magnificent Michelangelos at the Medici Chapel. The San Marco with the amazing Fra Angelicos is also quite close by. And so is the extraordinary art-filled Santa Maria Novella. The old marketplace is just around the corner with the most beautiful and delicious fruits, vegetables, salamis, hams, and cheeses, and upstairs there is the original "Eataly" with informal places to eat of every description, all delicious, and open until midnight 7 days a week. The next time we are in Florence we will definitely return to the Solare.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, we are happy you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Would definitely stay here again.

  • 5 of 5

The accommodations were excellent and ideal for travelling with one or two children with the Murphy bed in the living room. Location was ideal as very close to the Doumo.

We started every day at the Cafe at the entrance of the apartment for coffee and breakfast. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. The Italy Perfect Team
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
California, US

Comfy and centrally located upper apartment

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was in a fabulous location. Close to Duomo, Uffizi, markets, restaurants, coffee shops, shopping and more. We liked climbing the 66 steps so that we could burn calories, because we knew we'd have a great time eating! The little coffee shop next door to the apartment had excellent cappuccino, sandwiches, panini, foccocia, soup, American style breakfast and they opened early! While many restaurants didn't open until 7 or later for dinner, we found a few that served it earlier. We enjoyed every meal at every restaurant. I also prepared several meals during our two week stay, and the apartment kitchen was perfect for that. I found that the cotton setting on the clothes washer was the best one to use. The bed was very comfy. Everything was clean and dust-free. I purchased International cell phone minutes and it was a good thing, because I used them to navigate Florence, and I got lost a couple of times and had to call my man to rescue me. Italy Perfect helped me with planning my trip, and I must say that the trip was flawless. I was nervous about trains, transportation, currency, and everything, and their tips helped a lot.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, we are delighted that you had a wonderful time. The Italy Perfect Team
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Chapel Hill. NC

Convenient, comfortable, and well kep

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place. The host was most accommodating. A grocery store is nearby, the main Mercato, and many good restaurants. I would definitely request this place again.

While some of you may be put off by the three story stair climb, if you are in reasonable condition, it won't be a problem.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we are very happy you enjoyed your stay and would be pleased to welcome you back again! The Italy Perfect Team
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
United States

Solare apartment

  • 5 of 5

Just wanted to provide some feedback on Solare. Chiara, our hostess, was most gracious.

Please send a thank you (Grazie mille) to her for making the extra effort and for making our visit with our daughter in Florence so lovely and homey.

We had a small issue with water hot water for shower one morning....and I emailed her and she showed up at the door 30 minutes later and immediately had a plumber or electrician on the phone!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, please visit us again! The Italy Perfect Team
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Point of Interest
Duomo Cathedral
Nearest Point of Interest
San Lorenzo Church & Mercato Centrale
Nearest Point of Interest
Medici Chapels
Nearest Point of Interest
Ponte Vecchio
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Maria Novella Train Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Uffizi Gallery
Nearest Point of Interest
Accademia - The David


Rates & Availability

Duomo Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Mar 24 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Short stay supplement $87
Cleaning & greeting/week $54
Refundable damage deposit $327

*Short stay supplement applies to 3, 4 & 5 night stays, we will remove for longer stays. The prices on this advertisement may differ slightly from the official rates on our website. Hospitality tax paid on site.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Duomo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Fully enclosed shower, sink, toilet, bidet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in the bedroom, Baby Cribs (1) Crib and high chair upon request, Murphy Beds (1) Double size pull down Murphy Bed in the living room
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing

Partner Offers