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Guido

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, french, italian

Very Bright Luxury Spacious full air conditioned Quiet Glamour near the Duomo

66 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Basilica of Santa Croce Apartment Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms 3 shower rooms, 4 toilets, 2 sofabeds, sleeps up to 10 people

This brand new 3 bedrooms, located in spacious premises within palazzo Franchini Stappo is a very bright, large, heritage apartment (142 yards, 130 square metres). It is fully air conditioned and located in the center of Florence in a 'Firenze capitale' 1850 aristocratic building at the second ('piano nobile') floor. It has independent central heating as well as luxury features such as elevator for the main staircase, top end faucets and bathrooms (Devon & Devon), top quality beds and mattresses, very luxury finishing (Oak wood floor, high end kitchen) and NO cheap quality furnitures. It is high speed WIFI covered (Telecom Fibra, the fastest connection available in Italy. This apartment was until very recently the private home of a lady of local aristocracy and has now been completely renovated to add a touch of freshness to the classic style. The 2 large windows of the huge drawing room look into a private garden where several trees are hand in hand with a big magnolia tree which rises amongst eighteen century statues. Please be aware that even if the main staircase has a brand new elevator the apartment it is not wheelchair accessible and not suitable for people with disabilities. As a matter of fact, this apartment is laid out on 2 floors (both with air conditioning): there is a private internal staircase (as shown in the photos) leading to the 3 bedrooms and to 2 of the 3 full bathrooms. One full bathroom is located in the main floor were the drawing room and the kitchen are. Please note that the people sleeping in the second bedroom upstairs will have to, either share one bathroom with the first bedroom, either use the bathroom downstairs. As far as the third bedroom is concerned, it has an en suite bathroom. In addition to the 3 bathrooms, there is a half bathroom in the entrance available for guests.

Historic heritage Palace: This very bright and spacious three bedrooms is articulated on two levels (both with air conditioning) linked by an internal private staircase which grants a quiet sleep even amongst a big group of friends or a large family. It is in a historical aristocratic palace in a fantastic location - next to the beautiful and much sought after Piazza d'Azeglio (one of the very few playgrounds for children in the green), and a short walk (0.6 mile) from the Duomo and popular shopping and restaurant areas of Sant'Ambrogio and Piazza Beccaria. It is possible to rent a private parking in the garden of the palace for 25€/day.

The house is in the most beautiful residential area in the historical centre of Florence, known as Piazza D'Azeglio. It is a twelve minutes walk from the Duomo, Santa Croce Cathedral, the Synagogue, or Ponte Vecchio. It is a very Florentine part of the town; where real Florentines still live. As a matter of fact this property has been until very recently the private inhabitation of a lady of local aristocracy.

Quite and Yet Lively Surroundings: The day market of Sant'Ambrogio where you can find all sort of delicious food is only a few hundred metres away. Twenty metres away you have one of the few organic food shops of Florence. If you do not feel like cooking, this is an area with plenty of charming little restaurants of all sorts. The world-renown Gelateria Veneta and Vivoli (ice cream shops) are only a few blocks away. Shops of all sorts are only a minute away and on the last week-end of each month the Flea Market is 250 metres away. Yet, the area is very quiet and the nights are unmolested by the touristic crowd. And if you want to climb on the hill of Piazzale Michelangelo is a 25 minutes walk to get on the top.

Comfortable and Cosy:: It is very nicely and tastefully decorated throughout and has three (king size) bedrooms (all with air conditioning), three baths with showers, 4 toilets, and a huge, high ceilings (4,50 metres!) living room (also with air conditioning). The kitchen is large and fully equipped with new and large SMEG fridge, freezer, stove, oven, dishwasher and washing machine. The apartment also has wi-fi Internet on both floors for your convenience. It is located at the second (noble) floor and an elevator has just been installed and ready to use.

This apartment is perfect for a group of people traveling together or for a family looking for room to spread out and privacy amogst them. As a matter of fact kitchen and drawing room are separated from the bedrooms by an internal private staircase which assures quite sleeping in every crowded or child-noise situation.

An important factor leading to chose this property is that this property is always maintained up to a 'as new' conditions. As a matter of fact, the owner is very attentive to all details; regular in depth professional cleaning, frequent periodical renovations and interventions make this property always IDENTICAL to the photos you see on this site and appliances and fornitures are in excellent status.

Fastest Internet wi-fi Connection available in Italy (telecom fibra) - Full Air Conditioning - Central heating- Washing machine - TV - Fridge and freezer - Gas Stove - Oven - Dish Washer.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guido (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, italian

About Guido

Former European Civil Servant at the European Commission, now retired to manage family properties. Speaks fluent English and French and he is used, from his former work, to deal with people of different cultures.

Guido purchased this apartment in 1850

Why Guido chose Florence

This property is always maintained up to a 'as new' conditions. As a matter of fact, the owner is very attentive to all details; Regular professional in depth cleaning, periodical frequent renovations and interventions make this property always IDENTICAL, if not better than the photos you see on this site. Appliances and fornitures are always in excellent conditions.

Family heritage property since 4 generations (150 years)

What makes this apartment unique

Historic aristocratic palace in a real florentine area; one of the few spots with an authentic taste of real florentine life unspoiled by the crowd.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This s the landlord just to inform that the construction of the new elevator is now over and it is working beautifully. However, be aware tat this apartment is not wheelchair accessible and not suitable for people with mobility issues or severe disabilities.
Jun 2013
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Reviews

4.8
based on 66 traveler reviews

Very Bright Luxury Spacious full air conditioned Quiet Glamour near the Duomo
average rating of 4.818182 based on 68 reviews
5

wonderful property, location and host

  • 5 of 5

My family of 6 and I have just spend an excellent week in this lovely property.

Guido, the landlord, kindly greeted us at arrival and gave us informations about restaurants and museums.

The apartment is very large and nicely decorated: a charming mixture of classic and modern style. The living room, which overlook a beautiful rose garden, has very high ceilings. It gave us a kind of grandeur feeling keeping the cosy intimacy of our family.

The 3 full bathrooms and the half bath fixtures are new and high quality as well as all the appliances (stove, refrigerator, sink, washing machine and air conditioning). The beds were VERY comfortable with fine linen and towels and the nights could not have been more peaceful.

Last but not least, the location was with no doubt the best we could choose: 10 minutes walking from most of the touristic sites, yet very authentic, classy and extremely quiet. A supermarket was 5 minutes away and a fantastic farmer market just 2 blocks from the property.

I will not hesitate to recommend this property to all my friends and I would certainly come back. Thank you Guido

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alvin and Ruth, Many sincere thanks for this excellent review. I am glad to know your stay has been up to your expectations. Best wishes
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Great value for the price

  • 4 of 5

Lovely old apartment in a great location. Charming, large, and for the price a terrific value. We encountered no problems during our 5-day stay. A great option for a larger group.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Matt, many thanks for your kind review. Please just allow me to point out to future guests that the building is more heritage than old. The apartment itself is completely renovated with new floors, painting and modern appliances, kitchen, bathrooms, air conditioning etc. Best wishes.
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5

Great place to stay in Florence

  • 5 of 5

Guido –

Our family had a great time in Florence. We really appreciated your hospitality and very quick response to any questions. There was plenty of room in your apartment for our family of five (with three grown children). We really enjoyed sitting, eating, and relaxing in the large room overlooking the courtyard after a long day of sightseeing.

Thanks again,

Steve

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Steve, thanks for your very nice review. all the best guido
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5

Great experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Florence, and enjoyed the apartment a great deal. It is a very good way to experience how residents of the historic part of the city live. Ten minute walk to "The David", and perhaps 20 minutes to the Uffizi Gallery. We are a group of 6, and enjoyed the large living room to visit and be together. The owner and his staff greeted us warmly when we arrived, and also allowed us the favor to leave our packed luggage in the apartment while we completed a tour. We then picked up the luggage at 13:00 and headed to the train. The apartment is as shown in the photos. The stairs were a bit of a challenge for two of our group, due to aging knees, but the lift helped immensely. One of the best meals of our trip was at the Cucineria La Mattonia, about 2 blocks away form the apartment.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rob, Many thanks for this very Nice review
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5

Perfect stay in Florence!

  • 5 of 5

Back from a month spent in Italy with my close family, I must write this review to thank

once more our host in Florence. Guido was, with no doubt, our favorite landlord in Italy. He speaks fluent English and gave us plenty of good hints to discover Florence. All the restaurants he suggested had the best local food. His renovated villa is charming, in a fantastic location and the cleanest of all we stayed in. All the bedrooms were very quiet with beds of high quality and excellent air conditioning (a must if you are staying in August). The kitchen was modern and perfect for the few meals we had at home. The living room was VERY large and overlooking a charming historical garden. One of the bathrooms upstairs was small but nevertheless modern and well working. The other two bathrooms are larger and very nicely renovated. The water pressure was excellent in every shower. Overall, the villa is very comfortable and nicely decorated.

There is an authentic farmer market only two blocks away and plenty of shops and restaurants all around the property. I would not hesitate to recommend this property to friends and family and certainly would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: dear Elena, many sincere thanks for this kind review. Best wishes
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5

Wonderful property in great location

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have spent 5 glorious days in this gorgeous property. We are all enthusiastic about our stay and could not have made a better choice. The owner live in the palace, he was a charming host and was helpful to us in many occasions advising on grocery stores, restaurants and museums.

The apartment looked just like the pictures: lovely and authentic. It was very nicely decorated, extremely cleaned, large and comfortable. It fulfilled completely our expectations. The kitchen and baths had all been remodelled with great taste and the water pressure was the best we have found in Italy. The location is ideal: a very nice neighbourhood and a lovely 10 minutes walk to the Duomo and other museums. It is only few minutes walk to the local farmer market where you find everything you need for your kitchen. Even though it was nearly 100 degrees F the apartment was very well air-conditioned and our nights were extremely quiet. We highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: dear Gergios, many thanks for this fabulous review. kind regards
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Map

Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Firenze Amerigo Vespucci
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Sant'ambrogio pub
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
livorno
Nearest Golf
8 Metres
Ugolino
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Santa Maria Novella
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Firenze Sud
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Cesarino
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Forte dei Marmi
Car: not necessary

Next to the beautiful Piazza d'Azeglio, one of the very few children playgrounds in the green and a short walk (0,6 mile) from the Duomo and popular shopping and restaurant areas of Sant'Ambrogio and Piazza Beccaria.

The house is in the most beautiful residential area in the historical centre of Florence, known as Piazza D'Azeglio. It is a twelve minutes walk from Santa Croce Cathedral, the Synagogue, the Duome or Ponte Vecchio. It is a very Florentine part of the town; where real Florentines still live.

The day market of Sant'Ambrogio where you can find all sort of delicious food is a few hundred metres away. Twenty metres away you have one of the few organic food shops of Florence. If you do not feel like cooking, this is an area with plenty of charming little restaurants of all sorts. The world-renown Gelateria Veneta and Vivoli (ice cream shop) are only e few block away.

Shops of all sorts are only a minute away and on the last week-end of each month the Flea Market is 250 metres away. Yet, the area is very quiet.

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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
 
Last minute high
Sep 1 2016 - Nov 2 2016
2 night minimum stay
$281
 
 
low season
Nov 4 2016 - Nov 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
$258
 
 
thanks giving
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
$426
 
 
low season
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
$281
 
 
Christmas 2015
Dec 15 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$426
 
 
Low
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
$224
 
 
high season
Mar 15 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$359
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$415
 

Additional information about rental rates

Final cleaning $135

in july and august minimum stay 4 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Basilica of Santa Croce Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , devon & devon luxury faucets !
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , devon & devon luxury faucets !
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , devon & devon luxury faucets !
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , devon & devon luxury faucets !
  • All bathrooms whith high quality tiles and tubs ( Devon & Devon brand).
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 king , with air conditioning
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , crib on demand with air conditioning
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , this bed can be divided in 2 single with air conditioning
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • tennis
Notes:
Maximum stay 4 weeks. children welcomed, minimun age 25 unless accompanied by adults. all bedrooms with air conditioning. no air conditioning in the drawing room and kitchen

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