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Great 2-Room Flat 2 Blocks from the Duomo!

24 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Basilica of Santa Croce Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Owner
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

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, restaurants, bars and shops! It is also located in an extremely central position, just minutes away from all major attractions...

Reviews

4.9
based on 24 traveler reviews

Great 2-Room Flat 2 Blocks from the Duomo!
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews
5

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
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5

Great apartment

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in apartment "Gea". It was bright, clean, comfortable, and extremely well-equipped. The location was very convenient to all the sites we wanted to see. Emily was extremely accommodating. We dropped off our bags at the bookstore while the apartment was being cleaned. The bookstore is a gem! Emily gave us a lot of tips on where to eat and shop. I loved going to the Sant 'Agostino market in the morning, buying wonderful food and produce that we could enjoy in the apartment.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you enjoyed "Gea". Thanks!
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5

Perfect apartment!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have stayed many times in Emily’s other apartment “Achille,” so I wasn’t at all surprised to find that Gea is just as perfect. Everything in the apartment is exactly as described - well-lit, beautifully renovated, and centrally located. I stayed here for a week with my boyfriend and we couldn’t have been happier. As always, Emily was a pleasure to work with and made us feel right at home. I so look forward to going back to Florence and staying here again in our home away from home.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Justine! I hope to see you again soon!
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5

Perfect home away from home for 2

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were very comfortable for 8 nights in the attractive, clean, recently remodeled apartment in the heart of Florence. It couldn't have been better suited to our needs, and the hosts were very gracious in helping us get settled and with departure arrangements. The location was perfectly situated between the area of the Duomo and Santa Croce. Emily's suggestions for non-touristy restaurants never disappointed us, and cooking "at home" was easy due to the fully appointed kitchen and full service grocery store nearby. Occasionally in the late afternoon we enjoyed the very faint sounds of opera music coming from the music school next door, and the ample curtains and shutters in the bedroom gave us welcome darkness for sleeping. Save energy for the 4 flights of stairs to get up to the apartment. It's worth it!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful apartment in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed 8 nights in Gea on our 20th anniversary Italian vacation and we can't say enough wonderful things about the place. This was our first experience with VRBO and it was an amazing one! Gea is an outstanding apartment in all respects...it was super clean, super comfortable and in a super location (it is within walking distance of everything you need and all of Florence's major attractions)! Emily was a wonderful host from the first moment we inquired about her property! She was prompt and thorough in answering questions and providing detailed information regarding the rental process. She met us at the apartment for check in and provided detailed information about the apartment itself and shopping and dining recommendations (the gelateria recommendation in particular was out of this world)! Thanks for helping make our anniversary super!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vancouver BC Canada
5

Perfect for 2

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed 2 nights in Gea in mid-September. It was very clean, well-supplied, and nicely appointed. The bed was very comfortable and the living room was a good place to relax after a day of touring. We rented this apartment and the Achille apartment across the hall. The two apartments were a perfect combination for our group. (Achille sleeps 5.) They are conveniently located near a good grocery, markets, many good restaurants, and in walking distance of all attractions - and the train station! Emily is an excellent host. She is very organized, provides excellent recommendations, and is able to assist travellers when necessary, such as calling early morning taxis! Gea is a perfect apartment for 2.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Basilica of Santa Croce Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Low season
Nov 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
$79
$505
$1,515
 
 
High season
May 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$95
$617
$1,852
 
 
High season
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$95
$617
$1,852
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$90
$561
$1,740
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $224
Final Cleaning $56

Utilities:
-- 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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Amenities

Basilica of Santa Croce Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing

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