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15th Century Garden Home Near Ponte Vecchio

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

Just steps away from the Ponte Vecchio, on the “Oltrarno” side of the historic center of Florence, this lovely and elegant home provides all of the comforts of the modern world combined with the rich history of the 15th Century.

This home used to be the 'Forni Reali' or royal bakery serving the Medici and later the Italian royal family when they occupied the Palazzo Pitti. It comprises 130 square meters (approx. 1,399 sq. ft), and has 3 bedrooms, each with private bathroom, a large living room and fully-equipped modern kitchen, small study and additional half bath. The apartment sleeps 6-8 people, and wraps around a lovely courtyard garden adorned with flowers, fountain and goldfish. Decorated both for comfort and charm, the home contains an eclectic mix of antiques and modern furniture.

The apartment has its own separate entrance on the ground floor, only one step up from the street, and is equipped with all necessary amenities, including central heat and air conditioning, satellite t.v. and DVD/VCR player, Internet connection, dishwasher, full size refrigerator, and washing machine. One of the owners is an artist who splits his time between Florence and New York City, and many of his original artworks are exhibited in the home, including large oil paintings in the living room, and frescoes in the bedroom.

The apartment is located on a pedestrian-only street just off a charming piazza. There you will find a famous restaurant and delightful cafe. Just 3-4 minutes away you will find the Ponte Vecchio, and you can walk to the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria in 5-10 minutes. A parking garage is located 1 minute away, and local bus stops servicing all parts of the city are also just minutes away.

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 16, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful time and the apartment was beyond our expectations.Our vacation included Rome, Florence, Venice and Paris. Florencewas by far our favorite location. The city, the local café and deli and theapartment were all amazing. You have a great property manager inFrancesca, she was a great help! We have already recommended theapartment to our friends.Guest during March 2008
May 2008
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Ponte Vecchio Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Garage ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Child Beds (1) Available upon request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa Bed convertible to double bed in Master Bedroom
  • CD Player ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • limited accessibility
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
All bedrooms with private, en suite bathrooms


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15th Century Garden Home Near Ponte Vecchio
average rating of 4.95 based on 75 reviews
Trumbull, Ct

Great house in the middle of the action

  • 4 of 5

What a great house with history and character for a group of 7 dear friends to spend time in Florence together. Clean and well appointed. The location was PERFECT for our needs. Literally 10 steps to inexpensive cappuccino, pastries and food. You are located right on a square that has 4 small restaurant/pubs, a pizzeria and a very good gelato shop. A 2-minute walk to Ponte Vecchio (with a slow walking group) a 3-minute walk to Santo spirito square. We had 2 fantastic meals at the restaurant Ricci (spelling?) in Santo spiritual square with the best waiter and service so far in Italy.

A few bumps in the apartment with a burst pipe in the wall of one of the bathrooms leaving one couple to use the 1/2 bath. It was inconvenient for them but nothing that the homeowner could do about it during our stay. Veronica saved the day with booking two cabs early the morning of our departure. If you don't speak Italian well the cab company will hang up on you!!

All in all a great stay. Thank you again!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great apartment, great piazza!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place. Loved that it was close walking to all places we wanted to go and on the "locals" side of the Arno. 3 1/2 baths was great! One toilet leaked, but they will fix it. Great gelato place next door and great cafe across the street. Also great restaurant in the little piazza. Loved the inner courtyard at this beautiful old bakery building. Market close

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location, wonderful support staff! A seriously wonderful place to stay in Florence.

  • 5 of 5

The garden home is all that is advertised. An upgrade here and there on the showers would only serve to improve an already fantastic vacation home!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA

Such a special place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here as a group of 6 and could not have been happier with the apartment. It was charming, beautiful, perfectly located, and just funky enough to be great.

If you intend on using the kitchen, I would suggest checking the life basics - like oil, salt, etc and doing a bit of shopping upon arrival. Also, if you are not an American coffee drinker, there is only one small stove-top espresso maker (not adequate for 6)...though the bar right across the street is adorable and can take care of your coffee needs...

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Honesty and Thoughtfulness When Things go Wrong

  • 5 of 5

Traveling with family, including 2 young grandchildren, so wanting space and an easy connection to tourist sites. On arrival we were informed that the apartment had flooded - Veronica made extreme efforts to accommodate us so that nap time could still happen. We then had to move to another apartment, just upstairs so in the same great area. The owner went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed and Veronica even returned to obtain some items we had left in the downstairs apartment. We loved Florence and this location with the wine bar, restaurant and gelato so nearby. We walked to everything including Uffizi, Duomo, Pitti Palace, Accademia, Mercato Centrale, Museo Galileo and even the parking garage. We also greatly admire how we were cared for despite the unfortunate plumbing issues so highly recommend and would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Property in an Amazing Location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 (Mom & Dad and our 4 kids, ages 21, 14, 13, 10) spent a wonderful month traveling throughout Italy in July 2016. We used VRBO to rent apartments in Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Sorrento, and Rome. We spent 4 nights in this lovely apartment. Everything about this apartment made our visit so enjoyable...we were walking distance to everything we wanted to see! Our 4 kids loved getting up every morning and walking to the quaint cafe located across the street, in order to bring back the most amazing cappuccino and pastries! We loved walking the streets of Firenze-where we felt safe at all hours of the day. After long days of site-seeing, we also loved eating some of the BEST gelato we had in all of Italy...from the little shop just a few doors down from the apartment.

The apartment itself was roomy, the bedrooms were comfortable, the 3 1/2 baths were a luxury, the kitchen was spacious and well-stocked. We loved eating outside in the private courtyard and we appreciated the washer and drying rack! Add to that the "cool factor" of the history of the property and you have a lovely property in an amazing location!

If we return to Firenze, we will definitely want to stay at this lovely property again!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Parking Garage
Nearest Point of Interest
Piazza della Passera
Nearest Point of Interest
Parking Garage

Cooking lessons or private catering can be arranged.


Rates & Availability

Ponte Vecchio Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High season
Mar 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low Season
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Final cleaning $100
Damage Protection $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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