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Romantic apt in the centre of Florence, near Piazza della Signoria - Francesca

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome




Our new property has been under a complete restoration ended in sept. 2011.

It has been appointed with the same attention to details and comfort as per our previous and highly reviewed apartment Simona: They are both on the same floor with a private entrance from the road, so no other properties have access to them.

The apartment is in an ancient building right in the middle of the historical centre of Florence. You can look to the tower of Palazzo Vecchio from the windows of the property. Stones away from all the major sites of Florence, it is still in a quite road with almost no traffic.

Wooden white ceiling, parquet floor, two bright new and contemporary bathrooms both with extra-large showers, a brand new kitchen and a sitting room/dining area with antique furnitures and a 32in LCD tv: this is the property.

Take note that Francesca unit DO NOT share the terrace with Simona's.

A/C and Heating are of exclusive use of the apartment. Guests can easily controll them

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About the property


In the area of Piazza della Signoria and Piazza Santa Croce. At the second and unique floor, in Via Vinegia n. 2, a small and very quiet road in a pedestrian area, these two lovely and particular apartments have been completely restored and decorated with taste and care for any expectations you may have. Home parfumes, extra -virgin olive oil of our own production, coffes and teas for complementary..

My sister and I take a high pleasure to ensure our guests the best staying by taking care of you since your very first enquiry to your departure.. We own and manage personally both apartments so you'll always be checked-in by one of us and we'll be avaialble for you any time for any question, help or need you may have..

Both apartments belong to an ancient bulding dated back to the XV century and share a private entrance from the road, in front of the magnificent stonewall of the medieval S. Remigio Church, in one of the oldest and most famous area of Florence. The location is so central that you can easily get back home any time of the day for a quick rest or a bite and go out again to visit this magnificent city, With all kind of shops just around the corner and Piazza della Signoria at 1 minutes walk, these property are really in the centre of the centre!

With some of the best restaurants, ice-cream, fresh pasta, street food an coffee bar just around the corner you'll be able to enjoy your staying with no efforts trying to find out where you can have the best ice-cream of Florence!!

Both with two confortable bedrooms, with high-quality linen and duvet, sitting room and kitchen and a 5th bed in the sitting room.

Simona's apartment has got a cozy and secluded terrace full of plants and partially covered. With a coffee table and 5 comfortable seats, it's perfect for breakfast, tea time or a glass of wine..

The Simona unit has 1 bathroom

Francesca's apartment has 2 brand new contemporary bathrooms with big and comfortable showers, antique wooden high ceilings but NO terrace!

Via Vinegia 2: a very strategic position! You can look at the tower of Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria from Simona's terrace or from Francesca's kitchen .

Simona's apartment has been entirely restored and redecorated with taste at the end of 2008. Full equipped kitchen, brand new bathroom, beautiful floor.. a romantic and private terrace rich of plants.. Perfumes d'ambience, extra-virgin olive oil of our own production.. LCD TV with decoder.. Antique furniture.. A house prepared with love to give you a place to relax after a full immersion in the beauties of the city!

Francesca's is our new apartment, completely restored at the end of september 2011: it has its own personal taste with the same attention to details: wooden white ceiling, parquet floor, antique furniture and contemporary confort: two bright new full bathrooms with extra large showers, kitchen fully equipped, a relaxing sitting room..

Both apartment have their own heating and a/c, our guests can easily set them as preferred

History and leisure: The entire historical centre of Florence has been declared World Heritage by the UNESCO and Via Vinegia is just in the middle of it! All the major sites are within walking distance: Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte vecchio, The Duomo, The magnificent church of Santa Croce: everything is just around the corner.

And if you like to try the very best food you have a choice of restaurants and, most of all, you are at 10 min. walking from one of the oldest and most famous market in Florence, The Sant'Ambrogio market where you can buy the most exquisite traditional food.. and as far as ice-cream is concerned, Vivoli (the most famous one) is at 3 min walking

Via de Neri, the road at 20 mt from Via Vinegia is full of all kind of shops: groceries, take away, chemistry, fruiters, ice-cream, bakeries, mini market, bars, laundry...

Anything you may need is just around the corner!

Car: The centre of Florence is closed to car with specific rules. We suggest you NOT TO ARRIVE WITH A CAR if you can. You won't need (and you won't be allowed too) to use it during your staying in the city. But in case you should have it, we will be glad to give you all the informations you may need for entering and parking in this area. Please take note that since June 2013 the area around the property is going to be Pedestrian so there is no way to reach the apartments with a car

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Simona Tofani
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

About Simona Tofani

I am a florentine in love with Florence! But I also love to travel and always look for places that can make me feel home away from home. So I prepared these properties asking myself what I, as a traveller, would have loved to find in a rental property and try to do my best to accomplish this goal. That's why you'll find tea and coffee available on your arrival or the home fragances to welcome you at the property.

Simona Tofani purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Simona Tofani chose Florence

From the very first moment we, my mom and me, visited the apartment (the actual Simona unit) we realized it was special.. Even if it had to be entirely restored (believe me, it was terrible!!) we felt it was very special..

The terrace and the view on these 800 years old stone walls of San Remigio chuch, the tower of Palazzao Vecchio so beautiful at any time of the day.. the calm and tranquility while just a stone away from everything, a few steps and you get to the crowded and lively Via de neri.. The apartment really needed to be updated but the display was gorgeous.. All moved, perfectly designed to have a sleeping area and a daily area, the ancient ceiling in the sitting room.. A house of carachter..We fell in love at a the very first sight!!!

The same happend when we were able to purchase the property beside (the actual Francesca unit) which has its own carachter too.. Again we entirely restored it but what a result!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Review of Via Vinegia 2

This apartment provided a great base from which to explore Florence. Tucked away in a quiet street between the Piazza Signoria and Santa Croce, the location is excellent, within walking distance of just about everywhere. The apartment itself is as nice as the photos with large bedrooms, lovely bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen, all immaculate and finished to the highest standard. Simona was very welcoming, explaining how everything worked, and leaving a huge bowl of fresh fruit and the essentials for cooking – olive oil, tea and coffee and lots of condiments. She was also available at any time for questions or advice. There are several shops to buy food and wine nearby, and lots of good restaurants. We especially enjoyed Trattoria Anita on the next corner and Pennello near Dante’s house. Staying in this apartment was so much more enjoyable than a hotel and much more reasonable. I feel I’ve found my ‘home away from home’ and will definitely be going back.
Apr 2013
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The refundable deposit is required on arrival and given back on departure
Rental price up to 4 pax -
Final cleaning will be increased for rentals longer than 1 week (with linen/towels changes)
The check-in is always on APPOINTMENT
check-in 3.00-7.00 pm
check-out 10.00 am
For departure earlier than 8.00 am you'll be checked out the day before


Santa Croce Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , shower 80 x 100
    Bathroom 1 en-suite - toilet , shower , bidet , shower 70x120
  • Both bathrooms have two beautiful large showers
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , queen size bed 160
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , large single beds (90-200)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , singolo 80-190
  • The master bedroom has got 2 large single beds and a bathroom en-suite The second bedroom has a queen size bed. Please take note that we can accomodate a 6th person adding a 3rd single bed in the masterbedroom Both bedrooms are provided with soundproof windows
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
The stairs common to both apartment have only 14 steps up from the road. Elderly with no particular problem of deambulation can easily jump them.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(67 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.8208957 based on 68 reviews

Modern 15 century unit

  • 5 of 5

Our unit was lovely, tastefully decorated & modern bath & kitchen. It is in a very convenient position, close to all main attractions & restaurants , bars & supermarket close by. Simona met us on our arrival & we found her very professional , helpful & her English is excellent. I would recommend this unit & the one next door to anyone. It certainly exceeded our expectations . Thank you for the chance to stay in this beautiful unit.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, very nice unit!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed 6 nights in Florence, and will definitely go back and rent this place again. Really convenient to fantastic restaurant, shops, etc. Right in the heart of Florence!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, charming apartment

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this wonderful apartment! We were 2 sisters and our mom, celebrating our mom's 70th birthday. We chose the "Francesca" apartment because it has 2 bathrooms. It was lovely, well maintained and perfect for the 3 of us. They provided us with coffee and sugar, which we greatly appreciated! There was a washing machine and we were able to dry our clothes on the towel warmers in the bathrooms. The bathrooms and kitchen were renovated so everything works well :)

We were able to look in to see the Simona apartment. It was also lovely. It has a nice terrace, but only one bathroom. Also renovated. The apartment is in a great location as well.

Simona and Francesca were wonderful to work with and responded quickly. Our stay was fantastic. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location very comfortable apartment

  • 3 of 5

Text not responded to so was unsure if our arrival time was received but Simone did meet us on time However this added to stress. Good orientation to apartment by Simona-all was as promised. Checkout was perfect.

At 700 am every morning high heel clicking on the ceiling woke all of us up. Apparently a bed and breakfast occurs daily. Apartment ceiling needs sound proofing and in the meantime quieter shoes. Living room dark and more lights would remedy this.

Had to put suitcases under bed as there was no area to open them up.

Most of our recommended changes are easy fixes. We enjoyed our stay in this wonderful location.

Thank you Simona

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jo Ann I am relieved you "enjoyed your staying at this wonderful location" otherwise you would have rated it 1 star instead of 3!! What a disaster.. dark living room (two windows and 3 lamps), suitcases on the floor.. No mentioned about decors, cleaning, bed comfort, appliances, bathrooms.. so I presume those aspect were fine.. Check-in: We want to reassure our guests that once time of arrival and travel schedule are provided, they have to be 200% sure that their check-in has been properly arranged and they will find one of us waiting for them at the apartments. No stress is necessary at all! You provided your time of arrival together with your train info, so I knew exactly what time I had to be there and confirmed to you.. I really don't understand your stress It is our job to welcome our guests and proud to say we are really well organized after 8 years of renting and hundreds of check-in . We are also proud to say that our apartments belongs to a XV century buildings. The ceilings are the original ones, it's easy to calculate how antique they are. Soundproof didn't exist back then and I am afraid it won't for the future. We won't cover those beautiful original antique wooden ceiling for any reason. Luckily there is a B&B above us, their guests more or less have the same daily schedule of our guests, so usually they don't disturb each other.. of course there are exceptions, it seems it was yours. If you told me I could try to fix it!! Earplugs are always the best options when traveling! Thanks anyway, we are fixing whatever is fixable and luggages chairs are already on their way..
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Thank you Francesca and Simona for such a perfect place for 5 sisters on an Italian getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment could not have been more perfect for 5 sisters in Florence! Location amazing, beautifully appointed, and everything we needed for an amazing week. Truly perfect. Francesca and Simona were very professional yet warm and helpful in every way.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good location, well equipped and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This 1st floor, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment is well located for all the main sights. It is down a side street, which means it is quieter than the main thoroughfares. That said, Florence is essentially quite noisy, so is not the place for a quiet break, as in most cities. The double glazing helps a lot though. The apartment is well equipped, especially the kitchen, so home cooking is easily achieved. There is a small supermarket and several food shops nearby. The owner is very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Firenze S.M.N.
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The property is located in a quiet small road, Via Vinegia 2, between Piazza della Signoria and Piazza Santa Croce, in front of the medieval walls of St. Remigio church. We are in a pedestrian area in the very heart of the historical center of Florence. Every famous artistic site can be reached in a few minutes: piazza Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, Pontevecchio, Palazzo Pitti. The area around the property is full of shops, restaurants, pubs, bars, internet point and wireless cafè and any services needed (supermarket, laundry, pharmacy etc..) This area is known as ZTL (limited traffic area) and from June 2013 it will be pedestrian.

No cars are allowed to reach the property in no case (apart from taxis) so in case you plan to arrive with your car in Florence, there are special instructions. We'll be glad to provide them


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