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15th Century Garden Home Near Ponte Vecchio

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 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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Speaks: english, italian
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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:
  • Check-in: 12:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 1 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • 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 7
  • 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 4.925373 based on 82 reviews

11/10, 6-stars.What more can be said?

  • 5 of 5

A perfect base for a holiday in Florence. Our family of parents and 2x teens spend 3 wonderful nights here. Everything about the apartment: facilities, location, local restaurants, etc was perfect. Quiet, yet seemingly mere footsteps to everything you could possibly need. Would not hesitate to stay again, or recommend to anyone I liked. Great communication, and very friendly and effective greeting just added to the attraction.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a family vacation with our mother and it was perfect in every way. The spaciousness of the house, the kitchen was fully equipped with all dishes and pots and pans. The close proximity to The coffee shop, gelatto and dining was perfect for our Mom who is 76. The courtyard is beautiful...I could go on and on...We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Apartment - perfect location -ina great neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

Loved the apartment ~ roomy and accommodating! There were 4 of us and we never felt crowded. The rustic touches of wood and stone with the antique furnishings give a real feel of authenticity and being some place special. Kitchen is well outfitted for cooking at home and the location is PERFECT! Just around the corner from the Pitti Palace and situated between the Ponte Vecchio and the Ponte Sta Trintina for easy access to all the sites on the other side of the river. We loved the neighborhood! Immediately across the street was an awesome little café ~ best cappuccinos we had the entire trip! It's also a great spot for an aperitifs or night cap! If you go be sure to say "Hi" to Mathew - the best barista in Italy! Be sure to visit Ali - Leather Craft and Bead Embroidery Workshop just 2 doors down. Delightful family business that designs and manufactures right there. Beautiful bags - beaded jewelry and if you are a dog lover you will definitely want to take home one of their hand crafted collars or leashes!

Thanks so much to Francesca who made arrangements so easy and Irene for her wonderful welcome and introduction to the apartment and Florence! It was a perfect trip that all started with the perfect place to stay! We hope to go back soon and will definitely want to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic location - could use some maintenance

  • 3 of 5

The location of this home is fantastic. It is just over the Ponte Vecchio near the Patti Palace. It is a perfect place to make your base while in Florence. The home itself is also very nice. The issue we had with the home was the maintenance of it. We had to sweep and mop the floors when we arrived since they were dirty as well as wash the shower curtain because it had mold on it. There is a nice courtyard, but it was not very inviting since all of the plants were dead. We were never able to use one of the bathrooms since the water did not work and we were told that they were not going to attempt to fix it during the week we stayed there. If the maintenance issues were fixed, I would have no issue with rating this 5 stars.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad you enjoy the location,I do apologies that some of the issues you faced during your stay, didn't allow to fully enjoy the house .Our guest comfort is our priority , and did work ASAP to take care of all of them ,avoiding any similar situation for our future guest. Best regard
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

When I booked this location I was a little worried it might be far from all the sites and restaurantes, but I was wrong, we were within minutes of everything and right outside our door, were 2 cafe's, two restaurants and a gelato shop. Large apartment with room to move around for 5 adults. I would stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming guesthouse

  • 5 of 5

Was exactly as promised! The house was big and beautiful and the staff went the extra mile to be helpful. An excellent experience!!


  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund