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Perfect Bright Florence Historic Center- Good for 2 Couples or Families-Elevator

Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy
  • Apartment1507 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

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

FLORENCE ITALY PERFECT VESPUCCI APARTMENT

The Vespucci apartment is located in the historic center near the Ponte Amerigo Vespucci bridge, one block from the Arno river. The apartment is in a limited traffic zone so it is notably quiet, something that is a rare find in such a prime Florence location. As you stroll along the scenic Arno river, you will see teams of rowers gracefully making their way up the river, with the Tuscan hills in the distance. The produce market in the Cascine Park is a short walk away, where you can shop like a local for fresh produce & delicacies for meals back at the apartment.

Special “Perfect” Vespucci Apartment Services:

Vespucci apartment owner Cynthia, an American who married her Italian sweetheart, has lived in Florence for decades. She provides a warm and welcoming greeting when you arrive, giving you lots of local "insider" tips. For stays of 5 or more nights Cynthia will invite you into her home (in the same building) for an evening prosecco and appetizers. For stays of 7 or more nights, a complimentary dinner for up to 4 people at a local favorite restaurant will also be included. Additional services are available such as a private Italian cooking lesson with Cynthia.

INTERIOR

The apartment was renovated in 2007 so the kitchen and bathrooms are fresh and up-to-date. It is a comfortably furnished apartment just perfect for a family or two couples who want to escape the hustle and bustle since it just a few blocks walk to the major sites of historic interest. It is a thoughtfully furnished, clean and comfortable apartment.

The apartment is on the 4th floor (U.S. designation) with elevator. The apartment hallway is of grand proportions: wide, high, well lit. Off this area is a small balcony that overlooks the back gardens of the neighboring apartment buildings. Enjoy sitting on the balcony, taking in views of everyday life of the Florentines, sipping your coffee & reading the paper on lazy mornings.

The living room and second bedroom are to the right off the hallway. The kitchen, master bedroom with adjoining bathroom and the second bathroom are to the left off the hallway. A storage room at the end of the hallway is perfect for storing luggage.

The cheerful living room has two comfortable love seats. The windows overlook the street below with pleasant, unobstructed views of trees and rooftops. There is a dining table in the living room expands to seat up to six people. Two additional chairs can be brought in from the kitchen. Handsome polished terazzo floors in the living room, hallway and bedrooms are typical of the era the building was built. The kitchen has attractive terracotta tiles.

The master bedroom has a queen size bed and a large window. The bedroom is extremely quiet since it faces the back of the building. A bathroom adjoins this bedroom.

The second bedroom has two twin beds and a window overlooking the street. It gets lots of light and because of the limited traffic zone, minimal noise. The second bathroom is across the hall.

Both bathrooms have a fully enclosed shower, sink and toilet and have been recently remodeled.

The kitchen is very nice with a large window that admits plenty of light. There is good countertop space, new appliances, a large (by Italian standards) refrigerator with separate freezer compartment, dishwasher, microwave, gas 4-burner stove, electric oven, a small table with seating for two and an attractive Tuscan terra cotta tile floor. The kitchen comes equipped with pots, pans, dishes.

Please see link below for more photos, information, map showing location, guest comments

See what the experts say about us! Conde Nast Traveler Magazine Italy Experience Maker award, Travel & Leisure Magazine Italy All-Star award, Better Business Bureau A+ perfect rating, SlowTravel Preferred, Vacation Rental Managers Association professional.

Owner

Lisa Byrne

Member Since 1999
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within one hour
Speaks:
english, italian
Calendar last updated:
Jan 03, 2018
About Lisa Byrne

This property is offered by Italy Perfect. We are a family business with a mission! We want you to love Italy as much as we do. We are based in North America, we can answer your questions in English or Italian. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lisa Byrne purchased this Apartment in 2009

Why Lisa Byrne chose Porta al Prato

Roomy, pristine apartment Layout is great for two couples since there are two equivalent sized bedrooms & bathrooms Close to the sites, which are an easy walk away, but away from the noise

What makes this Apartment unique

Arno river strolls Proximity to wonderful Cascine open air market Real neighborhood feel

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Master Bedroom
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Baby crib with advance arrangement, €25/week or portion thereof

      Bathrooms

      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Each bathroom has a shower, sink, toilet, bidet.

      Theme

        • Budget
        • Family
        • Historic
        • Romantic
        • Tourist Attractions

          Meals

            • Guests provide their own meals

              General

                • Air Conditioning
                • Elevator
                  Yes there is an elevator
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                • Internet
                • Iron & Board
                • Linens Provided
                • Telephone
                • Towels Provided
                • Washing Machine

                  Kitchen

                    • Coffee Maker
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Refrigerator
                    • Stove
                    • Toaster

                      Dining

                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 4 people

                          Entertainment

                            • DVD Player
                            • Television
                              Local channels only

                              Suitability

                                • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                  Attractions

                                    • health/beauty spa
                                    • live theater
                                    • museums
                                    • restaurants

                                      Leisure Activities

                                        • antiquing
                                        • shopping
                                        • sight seeing

                                          House Rules

                                          Check-in: 5:00 PM

                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                          Cancellation Policy

                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                          9 Reviews

                                          Exceptional5/5

                                          Latest reviews

                                          Studying Italian in Florence

                                          Domenico M.Red Deer

                                          This was my first time renting an apartment on VRBO. Normally I stay at a hotel wherever I am on holidays. This time around, my daughter and I decided to study Italian in Florence and required something for one month.

                                          The apartment belongs to Cynthia and her husband Roberto. Italy Perfect is the company that the owners use to manage the rentals. Italy Perfect made the rental process incredibly simple. They send you forms (electronically) to fill out that includes your arrival time and contact information. When we arrived into Florence, we called the prearranged phone number and were happily greeted by the owner. We took a cab from the Airport and was met at the front door. Cynthia helped us manage the small Italian style elevator to the fourth floor, quickly showed us around, and answered all our questions about the apartment and the neighborhood.

                                          The apartment is located in a quiet neighborhood west of the American embassy. It is a 15 minute walk to the center of Florence where all the tourists hang out; which means, if you want to be in the middle of things, this may not be for you. West of us one block away is a large green area called the Parco delle Casine. It's a safe park with lots of runners, walkers, cyclists and families.

                                          The apartment has a fully utilized kitchen equipped with pots, pans, dishes, glasses, and the works. It even comes with a Braun coffee maker so bring coffee with you. It has a North American size fridge, stove, oven and dishwasher.

                                          The bedrooms are large, one with two single beds and the other with a queen bed. The master bedroom has its own bathroom, while the other bedroom has its bathroom across the hall. Full showers with plenty of water pressure and hot water. All the bedroom windows are screened to keep out pesky mosquitoes. The beauty of being just outside the core is that it is quiet at night when sleeping.

                                          The apartment has a family room with a TV (Italian only), two sofas and a large table to study or watch Netflix. Yes, they have Wi-Fi that actually works remarkably well.

                                          There is a grocery store nearby, a bar (coffee shop) across the street and several restaurants a short walk away.

                                          We had the apartment cleaned once a week, where bed sheets were changed and towels replaced. All arraigned by Italy Perfect.

                                          This location worked well for the two of us and could easily accommodate four people. I plan on going back to Florence soon, and will rent this apartment again.

                                          Owner's Response:

                                          Thank you so much for your nice comments. It's such a pleasure to know you enjoyed your stay. We would welcome the opportunity to have you and your daughter back for a return stay. The Italy Perfect Team.

                                          Studying Italian in Florence

                                          Domenico M.Red Deer

                                          Vespucci Apartment

                                          Studying Italian in Florence...

                                          This was my first time renting an apartment on VRBO. Normally I stay at a hotel wherever I am on holidays. This time around, my daughter and I decided to study Italian in Florence and required something for one month.

                                          The apartment belongs to Cynthia and her husband Roberto. Italy Perfect is the company that the owners use to manage the rentals (italyperfect.com). Italy Perfect made the rental process incredibly simple. They send you forms (electronically) to fill out that includes your arrival time and contact information. When we arrived into Florence, we called the prearranged phone number and were happily greeted by the owner. We took a cab from the Airport and was met at the front door. Cynthia helped us manage the small Italian style elevator to the fourth floor, quickly showed us around, answered all our questions about the apartment and the neighbourhood.

                                          The apartment is located in a quiet neighbourhood west of the American embassy. It is a 15 minute walk to the centre of Florence where all the tourists hang out; which means, if you want to be in the middle of things, this may not be for you. West of us one block away is a large green area called the Parco delle Casine. It's a safe park with lots of runners, walkers, cyclists and families.

                                          The apartment has a fully utilized kitchen equipped with pots, pans, dishes, glasses, and the works. It even comes with a Braun coffee maker so bring coffee with you. It has a North American size fridge, stove, oven and dishwasher.

                                          The bedrooms are large, one with two single beds and the other with a queen bed. The master bedroom has its own bathroom, while the other bedroom has its bathroom across the hall. Full showers with plenty of water pressure and hot water. All the bedroom windows are screened to keep out pesky mosquitoes. The beauty of being just outside the core is that it is quiet at night when sleeping.

                                          The apartment has a family room with a TV (Italian only), two sofas and a large table to study or watch Netflix. Yes, they have Wi-Fi that actually works remarkably well.

                                          There is a grocery store nearby, a bar (coffee shop) across the street and several restaurants a short walk away.

                                          We had the apartment cleaned once a week, where bed sheets were changed and towels replaced. All arraigned by Italy Perfect.

                                          This location worked well for the two of us and could easily accommodate four people.

                                          Great place to stay!

                                          Joyce T.

                                          We were very pleased with our stay at the Vespucci apartment while in Florence. The apartment is very spacious, light, bright and clean. Located in a great area near the river we had no trouble getting from place to place. Our greeter, Cynthia, was wonderful. She is very organized and helpful. She had loads of information we could take advantage of......such as emergency numbers, restaurants, taxi numbers and many maps and books on the area. She even supplied a cell phone for our use to make reservations, etc. We would definitely stay there again on our next trip to Florence. I would also recommend Italy Perfect!! They were easy to work with and supplied much needed information about Italy. It was very helpful, especially for a first timer.

                                          Owner's Response:

                                          Thank you so much for your review, please visit us again! The Italy Perfect Team

                                          Wonderful apartment for a Florence visit

                                          Shelley R.

                                          I visited Florence with my two adult sons, and we were all very happy with our Italy Perfect experience. The information sent out in advance was very informative and thorough, and all of my questions were answered before I left the country, which was very helpful. Cynthia is the Italy Perfect contact who lives in the apartment building. Since she's an American, communication was easy. And because she's lived in Italy for so long, she was also very knowledgeable about Florence and how to get to places or where to eat. Cynthia was particularly helpful in straightening out a problem I had with my tour company---I felt that she really went above and beyond. The apartment was cosy and clean, with a great kitchen, comfortable beds, and even a selection of fun English-language DVDs. It's also in a wonderful location. We were able to walk everywhere, with the River Arno as our touchstone, since the apartment is so close to the river. The cafe across the street is perfect for morning coffee and pastry----their home-made apple almond cake was delicious!--and there are many other restaurants in the area as well. It's also walking distance to the Westin Hotel on the river, which has a spectacular view of Florence from its top floor bar. I would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to family and friends, and have already done so.

                                          Owner's Response:

                                          Thank you so much for your review, please visit us again! The Italy Perfect Team

                                          Our stay was very pleasant --I would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to my friends.

                                          NancyScottsdale, Arizona

                                          Our stay was very pleasant. It was within close proximity to a grocery store and the main attractions in Florence. The downside was that it was not air conditioned. It was very hot during our stay in Sept and if the windows were opened the noise from outside made it impossible to sleep. Cynthia (the owner ) was very pleasant and helpful and even drove us to the train station at departure because we couldn't get a cab. The apt was spacious and would be acceptable for a small family or singles needing two separate bedrooms. I would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to my friends.

                                          Owner's Response:

                                          Thank you, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. The Italy Perfect Team.

                                          Great place, great location

                                          Keith S.

                                          The apartment is wonderful - definitely enough space for the three of us. It was clean and had everything we needed. The greeter was soooo kind and wonderful during our stay. The location is on a quiet corner, which has a nice cafe across the street for coffee in the morning. We would definitely recommend going to the farmers market on Tuesday - its an easy walk from the apartment. Grocery stores are a bit of a hike and not all that great. There is a decent eco-friendly grocery and product store called Natura C but it is a cab ride away (it doesn't have a lot of veggies or fruit). If you want the best pizza in Italy go to Pizzeria Santa Lucia, which is a 15-20 minute walk from the apartment but well worth it.

                                          Owner's Response:

                                          We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at the Vespucci apartment. The Italy Perfect Team.

                                          Location

                                          Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy

                                          Rates & Availability

                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                          Cleaning Fee
                                          $141
                                          Damage Deposit
                                          $614
                                          Tax Rate
                                          5%

                                          *4 nite supplement, we will remove for longer stays. 5% 'tax' represents HomeAway-VRBO commission. Prices on this advertisement may differ slightly from the rates on our website. Florence Hospitality tax paid onsite.

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