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Great 2-Room Flat 2 Blocks from the Duomo!

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The apartment, named 'Gea', has recently been renovated in high detail, is located in a small piazza in the very heart of the city, just a 5 minute walk east of the Duomo. It is also just minutes from Piazza San Marco and Piazza Santa Croce. It is 1 of 7 in a 17th century patrician building, with at ground level a large entry in the style of that period. Surrounded by shops of all types, it is also in close proximity to a large city supermarket, and the fruit and vegetable market of Sant’Ambrogio. The gamut of excellent restaurants and famous trattorias in the immediate vicinity are unlimited!

'Gea' is on the 3rd floor (without elevator), and measures 40 sq. meters / 430 sq. ft. It sleeps maximum 2, is fully furnished, airy, and has plenty of sunlight. One enters into the living room with two large windows facing south, onto the piazza. The small but all new kitchen corner is fully equipped: stone counter-top, stovetop, microwave, dishwasher, and fridge with freezer. There is a table for 4/6, and a comfortable sitting area. To one side is a full bathroom, with all new fixtures including a great walk-in shower. To the other side, the double (twin or king size, your choice) bedroom, with one large window also on the piazza. There is a small laundry/utility room, with washing machine.

The apartment has newly laid hardwood “Doussier” floors and is furnished in a contemporary style. Thick walls and double-glazing ensure quiet, and thermal insulation. There is central heating, air conditioning, Wireless Internet access, TV, and DVD. Kitchenware and linen are supplied. Maid service is available on request.

An independent and fully equipped 3 bedroom apartment, also owned by us and named 'Achille', faces 'Gea' on the same 3rd floor landing, and can be rented together with it, to accommodate a larger group of 7 persons. Please see our website for details. Our Skype buddynames: 'florenceapts' and 'emylina'.

Keywords: apartment, flat, central, renovated, sunny, airy

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, italian
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Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

About The Owner

When Emily Rosner took a semester off from her studies at New York University to travel around Europe, she had no idea that she'd end up meeting the man who would become her husband, Maurizio. In 1970 when she arrived, Florence had an exciting atmosphere with the numerous anti-war movements that students were organizing. It was far different from suburban Long Island, where Emily was from. She soon found herself a part of a group of 20 or more students that would meet every night and discuss politics over dinner. Among them was Maurizio. As do many expats who arrive in Florence without a plan, Emily went out looking for work, first finding a job at a disco, and then at a leather shop in Santa Croce.... ----- Article from 'The Florentine' - Oct 22nd, 2009 The rest is history! Maurizio and I got married and had two boys, Jacopo and Arturo. In the beginning, I taught English and developed audio/visual courses to teach English to children. We opened our bookshop in 1979, and it has become a watering hole for the entire Florentine expat community, a must-stop for English-speaking tourists, and an important textbook supplier for foreign study programs. After being in Florence for most of my adult life, I still find time to appreciate the city. I often stop while riding my bike across Ponte alla Carraia, taking a moment to enjoy one of the most splendid views of the river and the city. When I am walking around the city center, I make a concerted effort to look up and notice the details of the buildings. Florence never ceases to surprise me, in all of its beauty!

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1986

Why The Owner chose Florence

In 2007, we decided to move to a hill overlooking the city. This was our home for more than 16 years!

What makes this apartment unique

The area is extremely central and lively, with loads of restaurants, bars and shops! It is also located in an extremely central position, just minutes away from all major attractions...


Basilica of Santa Croce Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1) It can be divided into two single beds when necessary., Twin or Single Beds (2) They can be (comfortably) connected into a king bed when necessary., Baby Cribs (1) Available on request without additional fees.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Great 2-Room Flat 2 Blocks from the Duomo!
average rating of 4.827586 based on 29 reviews

I lived there twice and I'll be there again.

  • 5 of 5

It was our second experience with Emily's apartments. In 2011 we lived in her bigger apartment on the same floor. The same high standard in every detail. Everything works, everything is there and everything is stress-less as it should be. With ultimate location it makes a real value for snobs as I am.

Thank you again, Emily.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You and G. will always be welcome, A.K.!
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Wonderful Accommodations and Hostess!

  • 4 of 5

The apartment met all of our needs and was well located; Emily is efficient and helpful. We very much a enjoyed our visit to Florence and it was nice to come "home" at night! There are, however, approximately 60 steps to climb up and down as the apartment is on the 3rd floor. So, keep that in mind.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mr. and Ms. M. !!!
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Beautiful, well appointed apartment.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location. beautiful, well appointed apartment. many thanks to owners for their attention to details and recommendations on area attractions, restaurants and stores.

Sparkling clean, very comfortable. Great Beds! Absolutely plan to book with them again and have recommended them to family and friends.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My second home

  • 5 of 5

Loved Emily and her place. So convenient to so many things. Across the street from a great chocolate place, a few blocks away from a daily outdoor market, practically next door to a supermarket. Really quick walks to the river, Santa Croce, Duomo and even the Academia. Staying there was so comfortable and I felt Florentine for a week.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, clean, and well located apartment

  • 4 of 5

We spent 5 nights in "Gea" in Sept. 2016. This was after a few nights in Rome so it was great to stay in a place that you can spread out a little. It was wonderfully clean with a large shower/bathroom space. The laundry was also great so that we could refresh our clothes. We didn't end up doing any cooking but it was nice to have a refrigerator to keep yogurt and other breakfast foods in and to have the ability to make coffee and tea in the morning. The apartment is a 3rd floor walk-up, located in a very convenient area of Florence. The apartment is very quiet but also has a noise machine if you need it. There was a little confusion on how to meet up with the apartment owner when we got there. Our "welcome email" came after we already left for Italy and we didn't have the proper device to read it on so make sure you are all set with your arrangements before leaving home. We would be happy to stay there again and recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, M.M., for your comments. You are welcome back anytime! Re: Receiving guests.....I am, as a rule, very prompt when meeting guests. When confirming a booking, I do ask for arrival schedule, if/when it is available, so we can plan an appointment to meet. As a "fine-tuning" I also ask to be contacted, IF this is possible, upon arrival in the city, either from the station, or from the airport. Of course, if guests do not have international phone service, that's perfectly understandable - and our previous meeting plans hold.
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Wonderful apartment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Gea for six nights at the end of June and first of July. The apartment, which is centrally located, is clean and pleasant. In particular, the bathroom is new and well-laid out, the bed is very comfortable, and the washing machine works well. Although we ate out often, particularly at the restaurants that Emily recommended, the well-equipped kitchen facilitated the little food preparation we did, and we could easily have prepared meals. In any number of ways, Emily was an accommodating host, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Florence and at Gea.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments, J.B.!
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Rates & Availability

Basilica of Santa Croce Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High season
May 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low season
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
High season
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low season
Nov 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
4 night minimum stay
High season
May 1 2018 - Jul 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Final Cleaning $54.47
Refundable damage deposit $217.89

-- Stays of up to 30 days: All utilities included in price.
-- Monthly rate: All utilities calculated and charged at end of stay.
-- Tourist Tax: Euro 2,50/per guest (over 12yrs) /per day (max 7 days) paid at departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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