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Lovely Apt. W/Grand Piano in Oltrarno near Pitti Palace

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Santo Spirito Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 3-4)

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. It is 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, insect screens on the windows, and an air-conditioner. 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).

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian

About The Owner

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

Why The Owner chose Historic Center

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"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."
Jun 2010
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Lovely Apt. W/Grand Piano in Oltrarno near Pitti Palace
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 25 reviews

Perfect apartment in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

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!


  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyable stay in lovely apartment with grand piano in Oltrarno near Pitti Palace

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Nice place, good location, great owner

  • 5 of 5

This is a clean simple apartment with a good location in Florence. George was very flexible and helpful in the booking process and very responsive in helping to settle in. Helped my wife with lost luggage and personally delivered it when it arrived at his home. I would rent it again.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Perfect Florence Apartment

  • 5 of 5

Three women (girls trip) stayed in this apartment for 4 nights. It was everything we were promised and more. The accommodations truly are amazing; fully furnished, nicely decorated and roomy. We felt at home instantly. The location is excellent and George could not have been nicer. He helped us with luggage, gave us a tour of the apartment and made recommendations for restaurants and sight seeing. We hope to come back soon!!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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A Great Florence Experience

  • 5 of 5

We stayed only 3 nights but I wish we could have stayed longer. The apartment was the perfect Florence experience, on the other side of the Arno surrounded by locals rather than tourists. The apartment is in an old building, up a couple of flights of stairs (no elevator) which makes you feel like a true Florentine (plus it helped to work off all the gelato that we ate everyday!). You can walk everywhere from the apartment: to Piazzale Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, the Accademia, etc. If you are not cooking in, there is a "bar" across the street and another a couple of doors down for morning coffee and pastry and good restaurants near by. The apartment was the perfect size for the 4 of us with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a comfortable living room and cute little kitchen. In the afternoon, from the living room window you could hear the locals in the building talking as they prepared lunch. The owner, George, is very nice and was easy to work with by email as we were making arrangements as well as when we arrived. He checked in with us during our stay to make sure that everything was O.K. I would rent the apartment again on our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Byron Bay, NSW Australia

Florence Gem

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here on Via Romana for two weeks with another couple recently. The apartment was great, very well fitted out and comfortable and in an ideal location. You can visit all the sights easily on foot and the train/bus station are also within a 20 minute walk. The neighbourhood is full of shops and restaurants; everything you might need is right there. You can easily cook at home as the kitchen is very well equipped. The apartment has good wifi reception although there is an additional weekly charge for Internet use.

George, the owner, is very helpful if you need anything and there are guide books and a good list of suggestions and tips in the apartment. Anyone with difficulty walking or climbing stairs needs to be aware that you will be on the third floor and there is no elevator. We were very grateful to George for helping with our bags both upon our arrival and departure! All in all a fine place to stay and we would highly recommend staying here when you visit Florence.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Florence Peretola Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Circolo Golf Ugolino, Impruneta
Nearest Train
1 Miles
S. M. Novella
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
A1 Highway
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Elba Island and Grosseto coast line
Car: not necessary

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.


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Santo Spirito Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 15 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Santo Spirito Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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