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Sophisticated, spacious, bright apartment in a residential neighbourhood.

Bedrooms 1
Space 810 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Modern Italian design with all conveniences and extremely clean.

This sophisticated, spacious apartment accommodates two guests. It is located in a residential neighbourhood below Piazzale Michelangelo and close to the River Arno. Ponte Vecchio (The Old Bridge) is an easy, 25 minute walk from the front door. The large living area includes an open kitchen and living room. The large bedroom is furnished with a Queen sized bed, ample closet, nightstands with Tolomedo lamps. The separate dining room seats four. There are two marble tiled bathrooms, are each fitted with a shower, toilet, bidet and sink. Two exceptional features of this home are the abundance of natural light provided by the many windows and the unique off-white tile flooring, a specialty of the architect.

The owners live here part of each year, so are committed to providing for guests the same high standard of accommodation as they desire for themselves. Guests can expect a high standard of service, personalized to the degree that suits their needs. This apartment would be of interest to experienced, discerning travelers seeking quality accommodation offering extras at a reasonable price. This is not a pure investment property and is not listed on the popular, volume oriented listing service now used by so many. More information about this property may be found via a search for our dedicated website "FlorenceDesignApartment".

Guests also have the option of direct payments by Visa or MasterCard in Australian dollars. Payment by bank transfers in Euros, Australian, Canadian or US dollars are also options. 50% of the accommodation cost is due at the time of booking and the balance 60 days before check in. A security deposit of $350 CAD is due 21 days before check in. Security deposits are refunded within 5 business days. Cancellations outside of 21 days are refunded 100%. Inside 21 days, 70% of the amount paid will be refunded.



• Fully equipped kitchen with pans, pots, utensils, glassware, dishes.

• Siemens 4 burner gas stove top

• Siemens oven

• Siemens ¾ size refrigerator with freezer

• Siemens Dishwasher

• Nespresso coffee maker

• Toaster

For Your Comfort

• Large bedroom - Queen size bed with 5 zone, latex memory foam mattress

• Egyptian cotton towels by “The White Company”; down filled pillows and duvet by Frette and 100% cotton bedding by Mazzoni (

• Separate dining room

• Two zone air conditioning

• Hot water radiators and two forced air inverter (heating) units

• 46” Sony Television (Italian free-to-air channels. Some English internet TV programs are available as podcasts.)

• Orbitsound sound bar system with iPad/iPhone dock for enjoyment of your own digital music

• Bosch front loading washing machine

• Security: As for any destination, the usual travel precautions should be observed, however this is a safe neighbourhood in what is generally considered a safe city. The main building requires an entry key and is controlled by video enter-phone. The first floor location provides additional security and the single point of entry to the apartment is secured by a Dierre steel reinforced security door with multiple deadbolts.

• Iron & ironing board

• Hairdryer

• This is a non-smoking apartment and, sorry, no pets are allowed.


• Free WiFi

• Complimentary starter supplies of Nespresso coffee pods, tea bags, bottle of Chianti Classico, bottle each of still & sparkling water, bathroom soaps, dishwasher and laundry soaps, and garbage bags.

• Personal welcome by our English speaking concierge who will provide an orientation to the apartment's features, appliances etc.

• Assistance with requests for local information such as restaurants and gallery bookings.

• A comprehensive "Apartment & Neighbourhood Guide" emailed to guests prior to arrival

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 6, 2017

About Ray

Shawne and Ray currently live in Australia and have developed an extensive knowledge of Tuscany through many years of travelling there. As with many, over time their appreciation for the cultural richness, the beauty of countryside, and the food and wine has grown into a love of the Tuscan lifestyle. Several times each year they return to experience Tuscany and to visit friends.

Ray purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Ray chose Florence

The idea of spending extended time in Tuscany motivated them to purchase an apartment in Florence. Because it is their home when they are there, the apartment has been furnished and equipped to a high standard both aesthetically and with respect to comfort. When not in Florence, they make their home available for rental by discriminating travelers or business executives.

What makes this apartment unique

A 25 minute walk along the River Arno takes you to the famous Ponte Vecchio and Florence's historic centre. The Chianti countryside can be accessed within 15 minutes by car. After a day in the of sightseeing in the bustling centre, guests can return and relax in this sophisticated, fully equipped apartment.

The apartment is located in a neighbourhood of Florence which has wide, tree-lined streets and small businesses of every kind. Being outside the 'tourist zone' guests have the opportunity to experience an authentic residential neighbourhood.

A short, uphill walk following Via San Mineato al Monte takes the traveller to the famous vantage point of Piazzale Michelangelo. This is a wonderful spot to people watch and take in the magnificent city panorama and the mountains to the north. When we are home in Florence, our regular exercise route is to ascend via Via San Mineato al Monte and return along Viale Michelangelo. (Viale Michelangelo is a winding, tree lined boulevard with wide sidewalks.) A few minutes further takes you to the historic abby - Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte.


Gavinana Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 810 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite - toilet , shower , bidet
    Second bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Each bathroom - marble tiled walls and floors - enclosed shower, adjustable showerhead, toilet, bidet and sink, large mirrors, good lighting.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , Frette & Mazzoni bedding; latex memory orthopaedic mattress
  • Authentic Tolomeo LED reading lamps, ample closet and drawer space. Large shuttered window allowing natural light and a view to the magnificent magnolia tree directly outside the window. Separate air conditioned zone, wood floor, high ceiling.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Mid-stay bedding and towel changes for bookings over 7 days. The apartment entrance is secured with a multi-dead bolt, Dierre reinforced steel door. It is located on the first level above the ground floor and all windows have shutters for privacy and security.


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Sophisticated, spacious, bright apartment in a residential neighbourhood.
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at many good quality vacation rental properties in Europe, but his beautiful apartment in Florence is definitely and by far the best !!!!!!

It is spacious, modern, super clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated, and the appliances and furniture are of very high quality.

As soon as we walked into the apartment, my wife was so impressed and she said she definitely wanted to stay there again on our next visit to Florence.

Another very big plus for this property is the owner, Ray. He is so kind and helpful, providing a lot of valuable information and advice before and after our arrival, and he has very good taste when it comes to food. His restaurant recommendations are excellent and on several occasions he even made the reservations for us :)

The major attractions of Florence are all within easy walking distance of the apartment and it was so lovely to stay in a quiet and peaceful residential neighborhood with so many interesting cafes, shops and restaurants. Thank you so much Ray and Shawne for sharing your wonderful home with us and for being such great hosts !!!!!! We recommend this property very highly and would definitely come back in the future !!!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Byron, for taking the time to write this wonderful review. It is such a delight knowing that you had an excellent experience staying in our Florence home. Our intention when we first decided to rent our apartment, was to provide high quality accommodation and to assist guests have the best "Florence experience". Your comments suggest that we are on the way to doing this! It was our pleasure to have you as guests We very much look forward to hosting you again very soon. Grazie mille and safe travels to you both.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

Wonderful, calm, spotless, minimalist haven

  • 5 of 5

Thanks, Ray, for sharing your beautiful apartment. It was Fashion Week in Florence: 95 degrees and sunny every single day of our visit. This apartment allowed us a retreat where we could stay cool, calm, and collected. Immaculate, quiet, nice cool stone floors, super-efficient and targeted A/C, comfortable bed/linens and couch, good reading lights, nice showers, and a nice bottle of wine and Nespresso provided. The calm decor is like a palate-cleanser after all the overstimulation that is Florence. We loved being able to walk to the sites in the center and then ditch the throngs and return to the apartment. Short walk to San Niccolo for good, low key dinner spots, and if you want a really beautiful walk (on a cooler day), you can make the climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo, with its postcard view of the city. One day, we traipsed to the top of the Boboli Gardens, and got to the Fort (Belvedere) and a taxi magically appeared and brought us back down the hill to the apartment - a wonderful day. I am not a figure-out-the-bus person, but there was a bus stop just around the corner where you could catch buses that went everywhere we wanted to go. The recommended coffee bar around the corner was great for the morning cappuccino and an A+ cornetto con crema. We appreciated the thoughtful hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure for us to have you both stay - perfect guests. To receive this review from such seasoned travellers with a wealth of knowledge and experience about Italy was the icing on the cake. We hope to host you again in the future, and, in the meantime, buon viaggio wherever your travels take you.
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  • 5 of 5

We are more than happy to recommend this apartment, which filled all our expectations. We were particularly impressed with how true its description and photos are – there are no surprises. The neighborhood is a good place to get away from the city center, overcrowded with tourists. Yet “downtown” is easily accessible by bus or on foot. We knew the area from previous visits and enjoy its varied selection of bakers, butchers, fruit and vegetable stores and family restaurants, etc. It is a neighborhood where people live and work; I was particularly drawn to a carpenter´s workshop window, from where you can see everything from moldings, furniture or fireplaces being worked on.

It is a place that can easily be called home, to where one can return.

My thanks to our host, Ray, who made everything easy, and who did a superb job of getting us informed, settled in, and made happy to be back in a city we love.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your positive, generous review. It is reaffirming for us to have travellers who are familiar with this area of Florence reiterate our feelings about this area of the city - i.e. the richness of staying in an "authentic" residential neighbourhood which offers easy and quick access to centro. I appreciate, also, your kind remarks about the personal assistance you received. Anything which I can to improving the quality of the stay for our guests is truly rewarding - especially when a guest has so much knowledge from previous visits to Florence. We look forward to hosting you in the future. Grazie mille!
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Vancouver, British Columbia

Splendido! Wonderful accommodation!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented apartments in European cities including Paris, Amsterdam and Copenhagen, and this accommodation stands out. This apartment is bright, modern, spacious, well equipped and in a great location. It is truly a gem. All the luxury and comfort you could hope for. Everything is as described and the owner was extremely helpful prior to our arrival and during our stay. Ray truly treats his guests with care and it was a pleasure to correspond with him. He provided us with valuable information and fabulous suggestions throughout. We were warmly welcomed upon arrival by Serena and the apartment was spotless. The main attractions of Florence are within easy walking distance of the apartment and it is also well located for those who wish to explore Tuscany by car. It was lovely to stay in a residential neighborhood. Thank you Ray and Shawne for sharing your wonderful home with us and being great hosts from afar! We recommend this property very highly!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for this review. It was a complete pleasure having you as guests and to share both our home and knowledge of Florence with you. Thank you for mentioning the location. We love it for its easy access to the historic center and for the different experience of staying in a truly residential neighborhood. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have someone such as Serena to greet and take care of our guests' needs upon their arrival. We will be sure to pass on your comments. It has been our goal since we first decided to rent our apartment that we attract select travelers who share our expectations for high standards in all aspects of the rental experience - from the apartment itself to the service we provide. To appeal to discriminating guests such as you and all those previous, we purposefully avoid listing with the new and dominant force in the online the rental market. We are so happy to have our decision confirmed once again by your stay and this review. Auguri, grazie and safe, rewarding future travels — Shawne & Ray
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Vancouver, Canada

Highly recommended, fantastic apartment!!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this accommodation to couples who are seeking accommodation close to the historic center but without the crowds of tourists. It has everything that you could ask for. It is a spacious apartment for two people with two bathrooms and every convenience. The fixtures, bedding, supplies and all of the furnishings are top quality. There is free wi-fi, a washing machine, air conditioning and a really comfortable queen sized bed. It was very luxurious and comfortable.

The neighborhood has a lot of shops of every kind for local residents. You do not feel like a tourist here and everyone was so friendly. The apartment is very close to Piazzale Michelangelo.

The owner was extremely helpful providing information prior to our arrival. He emailed a very comprehensive booklet about the apartment and the neighborhood. We were greeted by Serena, an English speaking, local person who knows the city very well. It was easy to make the rental payment by Visa and the damage deposit was refunded withing 3 days of check out. The owner was also flexible about payments and offered several options to pay.

Without question, staying in the apartment enhanced our time in the city immensely. I recommended it most highly.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your taking the time to tell us of your experience and to support us with your great recommendation. As you have mentioned, we love this neighbourhood of Florence. It is so close to the historic centre yet just far enough away from the "tourist zone" to allow guests to have the more authentic experience of living in a local residential area. As for the amenities, we always strive to have our home here looking and feeling as new (even everything is only 2 years old). We are proud of our cleaners and of Serena, our greeter, who takes a genuine interest in ensuring that guests have the best possible experience during their stay. Regarding making the rental payment, we think t's important to meet the needs of guests so we are pleased to offer the variety of payment options that we do. Thank you once more, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the next time you visit Florence.
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Excellent Apartment in Florence!

  • 5 of 5

We've rented apartments and houses in London, Paris and Provence over many years; this apartment in Florence was superb!

A property for 2 persons; 30 minutes walk along the river Arno to all the great tourist sights in town; 20 minutes walk to the best fresh food market in town if you are inclined, as we were, to have dinner in the apartment for a couple of nights; a few minutes walk to great local amenities - bar / caffe; wine store; edicola (newspaper); bakery; and importantly a bar for a quick drink before dinner. The local merchants were incredible kind and positive at all the stores we went to - just lovely!

The apartment is sophisticated and stylish. One bedroom with two bathrooms (his and hers for us); and a great sitting room, very functional kitchen and dining area. We had dinner "in" two nights, and the wine glasses, cutlery and dishes provide were very good (with a good dishwasher to clean everything up afterwards!).

It was extremely hot when we were in Florence in the second week of September, so we really appreciated the excellent air conditioning in the apartment. Wi-Fi connectivity was superior.

The "secret sauce" to the whole rental experience was the owner Ray Hamilton. Ray helped us find local accomodation prior to coming to the apartment; once we arrived he gave us great suggestions for restaurants (both local and in the tourist areas); directed us to local stores for basic supplies; and had a support team (greeter and driver) available for anything you needed to support your stay.

Ray really cares about the clients who rent his apartment. He was very, very supportive and responsive of any requests we had for information or help, from initiating the rental request, to departure from the apartment at the completion of our stay.

Florence Design Apartments. Highly recommended - a great place to stay in Florence!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The opinions and impressions which you have shared here are, for us, extremely rewarding but also humbling. Thank you for taking the time to write us such a glowing and comprehensive review - as owners who rent, it reflects everything that we strive to achieve. We could not ask for anything more. We look forward to hosting you again when you are next in Florence.
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Nearest Airport
9.7 Kilometres
Florence Airport, Peretola
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4.9 Kilometres
Santa Maria Novella, Florence
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A1 Autostrada Milan-Rome
Car: not necessary

Appartamento Ricorboli is 15 min by car from the main train station (Stazione S. M. Novella) and 20 min from the main airport (Peretola). It is located near Piazza Ferrucci, on the south side of the River Arno (one street back). Viale Michelangelo, one of the most famous and beautiful boulevards in Florence is just a 1 minute walk away.

If you are a guest with a car, you will appreciate the easy access from the A1 (the Autostrada which connects Milan and Naples) and to the Chianti countryside. We are located outside Florence’s restricted traffic zone, so it’s possible to drive right to the front door of the apartment and park nearby.

We love our neighbourhood. The River Arno is 200m from the door and the wide streets and mature trees provide a marked contrast to the city centre. Windows look down onto Via di Ricorboli (a bustling street during morning and evening rush hours) and out towards Piazzale Michelangelo. Other windows look out onto a courtyard, the centerpiece of which is a magnificent magnolia tree. In early evenings, the bells from nearby Chiesa di Santa Maria a Ricorboli add to the sensory experience. (Chiesa di Santa Maria a Ricorboli houses a fresco - circa.1335 - attributed to Giotto.)

From Appartamento Ricorboli, Florence’s major attractions are easily accessed via a short, scenic walk along the Arno River or by using the regular city buses (ATEF). The bus stop is within 80m of the apartment. An uphill walk from the apartment to Piazzale Michelangelo, the viewpoint for magnificent panoramas, takes about 12 minutes.

Since the location is outside the area visited by most tourists, it has an authentic flavour, with Fiorentines going about their daily routines. There are dozen of small businesses of every description within 800m – everything from cafes, bakeries, delis, butcher, hardware store, pet shop, gelateria, bank, wine bar, restaurants etc. A major shopping centre is 1.3 km away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $244.32

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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