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Live in the medieval heart of Florence. WiFi. No traffic.

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,130 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Gorgeous Apartment 800 years old with all mod-cons: WiFi Aircon Dishwasher

Location. Location. Location. CONVIVIO APARTMENT is your our home in Florence, surrounded by the most famous art treasures of the world, right at the door. Live in a 12th century building, in the historic heart of the city. The apartment is charmingly furnished, with every modern convenience: WiFi,reverse cycle air-conditioning, cook's kitchen with dishwasher & double sink.

Free local phone, maps, TV, books, music & DVDs. It is 2 minutes from the Uffizzi Gallery, the famous Duomo, the Pitti Palace, the famous Straw Market, the Gold Market on the Ponte Vecchio. The little street gives onto Piazza della Signoria, but is closed to traffic & therefore is calm & quiet.

You are surrounded by every service -- cafes, bars, restaurants, cinema, food shops and more. We also have someone to meet you on arrival and explain all about the apartment -- keys, heating etc. and to be available for any other queries you may have.

Live like a Florentine: Amenities: 18 ft paneled and vaulted ceilings. Large sitting-room with sofabed with innerspring mattress, a large three-seater sofa & two arm-chairs. Huge master bedroom with comfortable King bed which can be made up as two singles, 2nd bedroom/study with comfortable sofabed, dining room seats 6, furnished with an elegant blend of modern and traditional, and with beautiful crockery, glassware etc. kitchen with marble bench tops, dishwasher, double sink etc. White tiled bathroom with new fixtures and washing-machine. Serviced before and after each guest or weekly for longer stays.

Tariff is all-inclusive, with no seasonal variations and no extras of any kind. Rates can be as low as Euro 100 per night, depending on the length of stay.


Personal service:

More Details

Janine Dickinson
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

About Janine Dickinson

Jan Dickinson: I live in Sydney Australia. I have lived between Australia & Italy for twenty five years & I am delighted to share my knowledge of Italy in helping you with trip-planning & all aspects of your holidays, to make your trip special. This is part of our service at no extra charge.

Janine Dickinson purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Janine Dickinson chose Historic Center

My dear friend Josie & I bought this apartment in 2000 because we fell in love with Florence over many years & finally realised our dream to live a Florentine life. Over this time we have been thrilled to share the feeling of being a Florentine with our guests, who come back time & again. Some of our guests come every year & many truly feel it is theirs too.

What makes this apartment unique

Some of the things I love most about the apartment are: the sense of belonging - when the tourists go home at night the city is yours. I love being able to put my head out the bedroom window, look to the right & see Cosimo de Medici on his great charger, in Piazza della Signoria. I love Daniela's glorious fruit shop right at our door.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Jan,

We are back home after spending two wonderful weeks in your apartment. We had a great time in Florence. Thank you for all the useful information you provided to make our holiday so memorable.

We did so much in those two weeks. We went to the markets at Scandicci and met an Irish girl who owned the bottle shop. Had an interesting cooking class with Francesca that started at 9 am at the markets and finished at 5 pm.....very full and satisfied with the delicious meal we cooked and shared with her. Lots of eating in wonderful restaurants and our daily coffee and breakfast/lunch at ChiaroScuro in the Corso.

All in all a wonderful trip.

Thank you for providing our accommodation it was just what we wanted.

Hope to stay there again if ever we return to Florence.
Sep 2014
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Car: not necessary

Gorgeous medieval surroundings. The Uffizi is only 50m away. Gallleries, museums, cafes, restaurants & bars. No traffic.


Duomo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1130 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Quality towles & soaps etc supplied
  • Washing-machine Hair-dryer Towels
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • The master bedroom has a King bed which can also be made up as two singles. The sitting room has a 3 seater sofa + two armchairs as well as a double sofabed with innerspring mattress. The study has a sofabed.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
The is a telephone for local calls.


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Live in the medieval heart of Florence. WiFi. No traffic.
average rating of 4.882353 based on 59 reviews

Medieval Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our 6 night stay in this apartment. The apartment is large ( especially for just 2 people) and very well equipped. It was great that there were many pantry items in the kitchen, including numerous kinds of tea. The apartment had everything we needed for our stay. The location is absolutely perfect with many tourist sights very close by and restaurants, shops, grocery stores and gelato nearby. Jan provided lots of tips on places to visit and I only wish that we had more time to visit the less touristy places. It was nice to have a local person (Paolo) greet us on our arrival and explain where things were and how they worked. Rosemary checked in with us a couple times and that was helpful. While the apartment has good windows and shutters, I did still hear some noise from the bar that is across the street. I am a light sleeper but my boyfriend, who takes Tylenol pm, never heard any noise. Overall, we had a wonderful stay at the apartment in Florence.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to do the review, Kathy. I appreciate it. It was lovely to have you stay and I hope you might be back again one day. All the best Jan
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A Perfectly located Jewel right in the heart of Florence!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from our long vacation and the out of all the places we stayed at, this apartment was simply the best! Jan, who is the owner, made us feel so welcome from the start of the booking process. She made sure to have the whole apartment ready for us when we arrived. Before our arrival, she sent us very valuable information about the town, best places to eat, transportation, things that normally you would have to ask or look up yourself upon arrival. We cannot say enough about how gorgeous the apartment is itself. It was always a delight to return to it after a long day of sightseeing. We loved how close everything was to us, right outside of us was a wonderful fruit and vegetable stand then right around the corner was a supermarket, and just a block down the street was the Uffizi Gallery. If we come back to Florence, we will always stay at this apartment! Thank you Jan so much for opening up your beautiful home to all of us and for such an unforgettable time!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh Anna, what a lovely review. Another guest recently said that I want you to love it, and it's true, I do. I get so much pleasure from sharing something I love myself & knowing that something special is carried away when guests go home. Thanks for being a lovely guest and I do hope you might be back one day. All the best Jan
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Location, locaton, location. What at great place and thoughtful owner. Janice wants you to love it.

  • 5 of 5

Took a cab from train station per owner and was there in 10 minutes. Do this don't walk, way to confusing if you have never visited. Rang bell and Paulo ( I hope that is the right name) met us. He didn't speak much English, but with the little English he spoke and the little Italian I know we where able to communicate and he was able to show me everything and how it worked. He was refreshingly thorough and remembered everything to show us. Place is great, kitchen well stocked for cooking. Place is really big and has good windows so remains quiet even though there is a lot of street noise below. Bathroom is a little small but was no problem. Place is a little dark but it kind of ads to the charm. The location is unbelievable, go one way out the door and you are the Ufuzzi in less than 3 minutes, go the other direction and you hit the Duomo in 3 minutes. Great restaurants all over, markets just outside the door, I can't think of a better location. Owner is very attentive to anything you need before you arrive and is easy to contact ahead of time. I highly recommend this rental. You can not beat the value or location.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review Annie. It was great to have you and it was a pleasure to deal with you in the lead-up to your stay. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and will have lots of happy memories. ALL the best Jan
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Convivio is right in the heart of the historic part of the city and is a bit of living history, itself. Although Dante doubtless passed by the front door on numerous occasions, the interior amenities are modern and amazingly spacious, and it has everything you could possibly need including pots, pans, dishes, glassware and even a dishwasher. It is also very tastefully decorated - you feel as if you're staying in a renaissance palazzo.

Jan was extremely helpful and communicative from start to finish, and had great tips, such as going to the rooftop bar of the Renascente department store, for an afternoon aperitivo with a wonderful view of the city. Check in was also a breeze.

The apartment is a five minute (or less) walk to the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Republica, and Uffizi Gallery. It's only slightly further (10 minutes or less) to the Ponte Vecchio and other sites. In short, you couldn't ask for a more convenient location. I can't recommend Convivio highly enough!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Richard. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. It was truly a pleasure not only to have you stay but also the communication beforehand. I love to share the apartment and I love knowing of the memories guests take away with them. I hope you will be back one day. All the best Jan
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Convivio provides the perfect retreat each day!

  • 5 of 5

From the first moment that you make contact with Jan until you are greeted at the apartment by Paolo upon arrival and assisted by Rosemary with any local questions or are assured a great stay in Florence!

This is my second stay at Convivio and I hope to return again and again!

Jan always is there to answer any questions and she provides many helpful resources and suggestions all along the way.

The apartment is very clean, well-maintained, spacious, warm and inviting. Lots of special touches to make you feel at home! Each time you walk in the door, you have an "ah" moment!

It is a perfect location...everything within walking distance. Having Daniela's fresh fruit and vegetable market right outside our front door, a mini-market for staples a short half-block away, Perche No around the corner for the best gelato ever and Veranzano's for a morning cappucino and pastry is... "la dolce vita"!

The Duomo, Ufffizi and Ponte Vecchio are all short strolls away, as well as, places to indulge in some shopping. With the train station nearby, day trips to Venice, Lucca, Cinque Terre and more wonderful places are only a train ride away!

I look forward to my next visit to one of my favorite cities and staying at Convivio and... I have several family members and friends waiting to join me!

Rosemary D.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Rosemary. It was lovely to have you each time and I'm looking forward to your next visit. Grazie mille. all the best Jan
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Perfectly located home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Long before we stepped in the door to Convivio apartment, we had already met Jan, the owner. She had enthusiastically answered our questions about out-of-the way places we might visit during our stay and was ever so prompt in all of her responses. The flat overall is huge and well located near the major tourist attractions. We were able to walk everywhere within the city and come back to our lovely home away from home. The bed was incredibly comfy and the kitchen was well stocked with cooking and serving dishes and a few of the basic cooking needs too. A grocery store was close at hand and who could pass by the fruit and vegetable stand directly across from the front door without stopping. While there are three flights of stairs to climb to the flat, there are no stairs inside. The bedroom window does face the street and while there are no cars allowed, there is some noise from passersby and the late night bar on the corner, so if you are sensitive to noise, packing earplugs might make sleep easier for you. One morning while showering with the window open, I was serenaded by an accordian player. A special way to greet the day. The sitting area is quite comfy and made a lovely spot to invite a friend to join us for an evening of sharing the day's events over wine and a light dinner. As I understand it, the guest book is being updated and as there is a lot of really useful information in it, I think it will benefit from a little organization for future guests. We appreciated having the clothes washer and it became a ritual to put in a load on the fast cycle, enjoy our breakfast and then hang things on the drying rack before heading out for the day. While there are plenty of modern conveniences, there is still the charm of a medieval building. After having a few telephone conversations with the local manager, I was sorry to have not had the opportunity to meet her in person. It's a very comfortable neighborhood, many restaurants a few steps away, shopping for something special to take home for yourself or as a gift, and of course, gelato on nearly every corner.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Cat, for taking the time to write the review, for going to a lot of trouble to make it thorough and for all your thoughtful and helpful suggestions. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time and have taken away warm memories. I really hope you will be back again one day. Cheers Jan
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

From Euro 900 weekly / Euro 130-160
Ask about special rates
Minimum stay, 3 nights.
Refundable security deposit of Euro 150 payable in cash on arrival may be required.
Rates are all-inclusive and do not vary throughout the year.
There are NO extras of any kind.
Please contact owner for availability
May pay in Australian dollars
Weekly from Euro 730 Nightly from E 120-160.
At certain times we can offer 4 nights for the price of 3; and 8 nights
A 40% Non-Refundable deposit is required on booking, with the balance payable one month before booking date.
For cancellations up to 60 days prior t the booking, a fee 10% fee of the balance is required. For cancellation less than 60 days, full payment is required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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