|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This is a lovely, elegant and quiet apartment, totally renovated with central heating, central AC (just installed a $10,000 system!) and with new appliances, in the heart of Florence. Yes, 7 min. walk from the Ponte Vecchio on the Arno River, and you will be so,
so, so happy not to be living in the middle of the mobs of tourists and selfie-stick vendors. Oltrarno is by far the best, least touristy neighbourhood. We are at Via Romana 29, 50 meters from the entrance to the Boboli Gardens, next door to the Pitti Palace.
It consists of an entrance and living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a table for four, two bedrooms (one with a baby grand piano), two bathrooms and a closet room, central heating, telephone, washer, TV with VCR & DVD player, stereo, dishwasher, microwave, hi-speed we-fi internet and insect screens on the windows.
My wife and I came to Italy in 1973, when I began work as a photographer. Our pianist/composer son, William, who was born and raised in Italy, lived in this flat a couple of years before deciding to seek his fortune back in the U.S.A.
Florence needs no introduction. Suffice it to say that Unesco (the cultural branch of the United Nations) did a study 15 years ago which declared that 60% of the world's artistic heritage is on Italian soil. 30% of that is in Florence alone. But if that isn't enough to tickle your fancy, remember the Chianti vineyards within 30 min. drive, the towns of Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, Arezzo and Pisa, the beaches of Viareggio and the Maremma, all easy drives on excellent roads. Florence is only a 90 min. train ride from Rome on the high-speed trains and Umbria is the region just south of Tuscany. So within two hours you can reach Perugia, Spoleto, Assisi and that magical town Todi, where we also rent a home (see Listing 215677).
My wife, Lynn, and I moved to Italy way back in 1973 after graduating from Beloit
College in Wisconsin, where we met. I'm a photographer and Lynn teaches English.
We bought this apartment for our two children William and Alice, but they have
chosen to seek their fortunes elsewhere. William, a pianist and composer, lives in NYC
and Alice, a dancer and choreographer, lives in London.
The Owner purchased this apartment in 2007
This is a particularly choice location. It is only 100 yards from the Pitti Palace and Boboli
Gardens and on the Oltrarno side of the river, a neighborhood much less touristy and full of
artisans workshops and markets. Still, it's only a 7 min. walk to the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River.
It is a spacious and quiet apartment, completely refurbished with all the amenities, including a great collection of music, a Yamaha C2 piano,
and VHSs and DVDs in English for your evening entertainment.
"Nothing but plaudits for both these sites, an in-town 12th/13th century villa in Todi, Umbria, and an in-city apartment in Florence on the Via Romana just a few minutes away from the Pitti Palace. Both dwellings are fully modern and elegant in their different ways; both are right in the middle of the best of their localities -- restaurants, museums/galleries, varied boutique shopping and more; both are really within walking distance to everything that matters -- forget about the car. And both are spotless and very reasonably priced -- far more attractive than the hotel option.
We spent two weeks, one week at each location, and were delighted with everything. Of special note -- George, our landlord, oversaw all the detail of our planning,arrival, stay and departure with personal concern. And this was important. We don't speak Italian and were a little leery of getting by in a real neighbourhood -- shopping, transportation, entertainment. But no problem. George's advice and ample local literature made it all easy.
We'd do it again. Great vacation.
One note -- Todi is a genuine hill town: climbing is a prerequisite for enjoymen, and touring the countryside by Car a wonderful experience -- i.e. a small car that fits in the medieval streets. My decision to go for a large power car because of the reputation of the autobahns was wrong -- I should have opted smaller. And in Florence -- get rid of the car asap."
My son and I stayed in this apartment on the Via Romana, prior to his fall semester in Florence. The apartment is spacious and bright. The windows in the living room and one bedroom open to open spaces, without neighboring windows in view. There are shutters on the bedroom window, which allowed us to open the window to allow air, but screen for privacy.
The apartment is on the third floor( with ground level first). Well lit, wide staircase to the apartment.
The location felt very safe. We ate, shopped and talked with many of the store and restaurant owners near the apartment and all were welcoming. We felt very much at home. Most of the Italians spoke some English, and with our beginners Italian and a bit of Spanish, we were always able to communicate.
The location was perfect. We quickly became familiar with Florence, and found the tourist destinations, as well as the railway station within a 20 minute walk.
Finally, the owner George was helpful with suggestions of restaurants ... He made certain that we had everything we needed for a wonderful stay in Florence. Thank you George, I can't imagine how it might have been better!
FROM THE MOMENT WE STEPPED INTO THE APARTMENT, IT FELT
LIKE HOME. EVERYTHING WAS CLEAN, COMFORTABLE, AND WELCOMING. THERE WERE FRESH CUT FLOWERS ON THE TABLE AND THE BOOKSHELF IS FILLED WITH GOOD READING MATERIAL, INCLUDING TRAVEL INFO IN BOTH ENGLISH AND ITALIAN. THE PROPRIETOR LiVES A FEW STREETS
AWAY AND WAS ON CALL FOR US IF NEEDED.
THE APARTMENT HAS A REAL NEIGHBORHOOD FEEL WITH COFFEE BARS AND MARKETS UP AND DOWN THE VIA ROMANA. THERE ARE GOOD RESTAURANTS WITHIN EASY WALKING DISTANCE INCLUDING VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN FRIENDLY OPTIONS. THE ARNO RIVER, SHOPPING, MUSEUMS AND HISTORIC SITES ARE ALL WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE. THE PLACE IS SPACIOUS FOR TWO AND THE EFFICIENT KITCHEN MADE AN EVENING AT HOME QUITE ENJOYABLE.
THE ACCOMMODATIONS WERE A GOOD VALUE AT A FAIR PRICE. WE WOULD HAPPILY STAY HERE AGAIN.
We concluded our 3 week stay in Italia with a 6 night stay in this apartment. We are four retired professionals. The apartment was close enough to the city that we could walk everywhere...even to the train station for an overnight visit to Venice. The owner was most helpful with info about places to see and he kept in touch with us throughout our stay. He made the transition from Todi to Florence an easy one. What would we have done with out Stefano? (We also stayed in his Todi house for 11 nights). We loved the little produce grocery across the street. Thanks to you, George, we have many memories to cherish. You were a wonderful owner/host and we enjoyed meeting you and your wife while in Florence. Come stay with us on the Florida Panhandle for a beach vacation.
This flat is located on the main road between Porta Romana and the Palazzo Pitti. Main does not mean big - in fact it is one way from PR to the city. Very clean. Owner always easy to contact and very helpful. Easy walking everywhere. Buses good during the day but the C and D ones give up after 8pm so taxis home if you are out to dinner and run out of leg power. The 11 gets you to the station though and timetable is on ATAF site. The road is busy in the day but fairly quiet at night. The main bedroom does not face the road but a inner well that many other apartments have windows onto as well. It is Italian city living - you are very close to your neighbours so you do hear their phone conversations, TV, radio etc quite clearly particularly with open windows. Apart from a yappy dog downstairs (who shuts up once the owner gets home from work) and a few mornings of very early radio blasting the neighbours were not rowdy. We loved the flat - you are clearly in a home that happens to be rented out with plenty of character and "stuff" around - lots of books, videos etc. There is a TV, DVD and video player although we didn't watch it. Yes, this home has videos and even cassette tapes! Good internet wifi. Kitchen is tiny but got everything you need. Washing machine in 2nd bathroom and there is a storage room where you can hang clothes but no dryer. There is a laundrette close by. Big main bathroom - beware the tiny little step in it at night which does have sticky tapes on it warning you of its presence as its invisible! Water pressure is dependent on who else is using it so best not to shower at peak times or you end up with a trickle. Plumbing is usually like this in Italy....There are plenty of stairs up but George kindly helped us in and out with luggage. For us the piano was a great asset and the real reason we chose this apartment - my daughter practiced everyday for a number of hours. We were here for 3 weeks so had time to get used to the area and way of life. I attended the Eurocentre language school at Santo Spirito (highly recommended) whilst my daughter had a private tutor preparing for imminent exams. This is for people who want to be a little way from the tourist throngs across the river and live in a real home. Delightful stay aided by glorious weather for most of it.
2 bedrooms and piano in one room in a typical Florence Apartment building. Well stocked kitchen if you want to cook and plenty of room for 2 couples or 4 people. Easy walk to most sights and right on bus line. Nice to live with the local Florentines within the old city walls.
This apartment was exactly as advertised and a great bang for the buck. Spacious and clean, it was within easy walking distance to any number of major and important historical locations in Florence: the Pitti Palace, Ponte Vecchio, The Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, etc. It is also a fifteen minute walk to the city's main Santa Maria Novella train station. We were able to walk everywhere to enjoy, experience and appreciate the history which is Florence. The apartment is also close to any number of excellent restaurants and a wide variety of shopping, including an excellent and large open air market just over the Ponte Vecchio. Being so close to the train station allowed us to conveniently make several day trips to places such as Lucca, Pisa and Cinque Terre. There is a fully stocked grocery store a three minutes walk from the apartment which was very handy. The owner George was very accommodating and easy to get hold of and answered any questions we had about where to find things in the vicinity of the apartment. The apartment's air conditioning was quiet and quickly cooled things down, which was much appreciated in the 33 degree heat. I would have no hesitation in recommending this apartment to anyone visiting Florence and would definitely stay here again; it truly felt like a home away from home. 5 stars all the way round!
If you feel you need a jaunt in the countryside, please know that a 10-minute drive will
see you surrounded by vineyards in the Chianti area with lots of wine-tasting possibilites. You can also easily make day trips to Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Arezzo and other Tuscan towns.
Rome or Bologna are only a 100-minute train ride away.
From our side of the city joggers will be able to run in open countryside, which begins only 3km from our place.
You might consider a stay in Umbria, the region just south of Tuscany, with jewels such
as Perugia, Assisi, Todi, Spoleto and Orvieto to discover. We have a home in Todi.
|Munic. fee x/pers. x/nt.||$2|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
The $500 due when booking for short stays is the security/holding fee. This will be returned within one week of departure minus the $100 clean up fee, phone-line usage and any heating cost (metered) in the cold months. The rental fee itself is due 2 months prior to arrival.