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

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet

Overview

About the property

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. 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).

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

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 Florence

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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Amenities

Palazzo Pitti Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Lovely Apt. W/Grand Piano in Oltrarno near Pitti Palace
average rating of 4.83871 based on 32 reviews
5

Don't hesitate--book this!

  • 5 of 5

This is an ideally located apartment, away from the tourist areas in a neighborhood of local shops where we were quickly welcomed as friends. The apartment itself was very spacious and comfortable for four adults and allowed us to unpack and really feel at home. We had the option to eat in after shopping at the local butcher, package store and pasticceria that George pointed out; and the chance to do laundry mid-week and the apartment was stocked with a full library of travel books that we used extensively.

George is an accommodating host, meeting us for early check-in, helping us park, suggesting travel destinations and restaurants and helping to arrange for our early morning taxi to the airport.

I would highly recommend this property and only wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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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!

Maureen

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was very comfortable and very convenient to the local attractions yet out of the touristy hustle and bustle. George was extremely helpful at check in and throughout our stay. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We felt like locals

  • 5 of 5

Wow, the apartment is amazing but what really was great is George. He met us at our assigned place and helped my husband park the car. George checked in daily to tell us the car is safe and no worries. There was four adults and we were able to have our own space in this sunny and spacious apartment. The apartment is located in a neighborhood where after a day we felt like we were locals. We would shop at the local butcher, bakery and ate at the pizza restaurant. George gave a lot of recommendations of where to eat and what day trips would be good. The apartment was loaded with maps and tour books which we used every day. I'm looking forward to visiting Florence again and hopefully staying at this same place.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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5

Stay Here in Florence

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Italian Adventure

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Map

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
Abetone
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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Rates & Availability

Palazzo Pitti Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High
Mar 16 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$150
$1,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Munic. fee x/pers. x/nt. $2.5
Clean up $100
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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