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Simona Tofani

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, italian

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

58 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Santa Croce Apartment Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms apartment in historical centre of Florence

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

More Details

Details for Francesca 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 2 Bathrooms

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

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Simona Tofani (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, italian

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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Reviews

4.8
based on 58 traveler reviews

Francesca
average rating of 4.8448277 based on 59 reviews
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5

"Perfecto!"

  • 5 of 5

My cousin, sister and I were met by Simona who graciously showed us around her lovely home. I found the home to be just as described and more. It is a combination of old world elegance and modern conveniences: windows that keep out the noise of the city, a washer, dishwasher, air conditioning units that don't need to be used all of the time because of the old construction, and an adorable kitchen just perfect for those nights when you want to eat in.

The beds and linens were extremely comfortable and two modern and good sized bathrooms were perfect for 3 women!

The internet worked extremely well and it was a delight to be able to FaceTime with our family at home.

Via Vinegia is a quiet street just minutes from shopping and the bustling, historic areas of Florence.

My next visit to this beautiful city will definitely include a stay in this wonderful home.

Grazie, Simona and Francesca!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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4

Great location and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

My daughter and I spent 6 comfortable nights in the “Francesca” apartment during the first week of September. We were very happy to each have our own bedroom and modern bathroom, a nicely stocked kitchen (including coffee and palmiers, my favorite cookies) and a generally impeccable and nicely decorated apartment. Simona was there when we arrived and greeted us warmly despite the fact that she was in “crisis mode” (as the air conditioner in the second bedroom was not working). Simona went to some lengths to try to get the A.C. fixed the same day but that didn’t work out in the end. In any event, my daughter stayed in the room without air conditioning and said she was quite comfortable with the extra fan that Simona was able to supply. Also, the windows in the apartment really do limit the loud sounds from the streets outside so we found it easy to get a good night’s sleep. I should also mention that Simona was easily reachable and quickly responded to any questions we had before and during our visit. We loved the location of the apartment and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a nice place to stay in Florence!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

Enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

Simone was very informative during the process of selecting her apartment and when we arrived. The apartment had the expected conveniences. It was well appointed; the kitchen included all necessary items, including dishwashing soap, paper towels, coffee and the family-produced olive oil. It was delicious. The apartment is on a generally quiet street near the Plaza della Signoria. We enjoyed our stay and would return to the same apartment.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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5

Incredible home in the heart of Florence

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed in this lovely apartment in Florence. It is a short walk to everything. The apartment was tastefully decorated, very clean and the beds were very comfortable. It had everything we could need and there were several great restaurants a block away, including our favorite, Trattoria Anita. It was very hot when we were there and we only needed to turn on the airconditioning briefly while when we were in the apartment. The cost of the electricity was very minimal. Communication with Simona was easy before and during our stay. Unfortunately Simona was away while we were there but her sister Francesca met us on arrival and arranged for prompt taxi pickup for us on departure. We would love to return to this property and would recommend it to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Wonderful apartment in central Florence

  • 4 of 5

The property was great and was everything we hoped for. Our only comment is that twin beds in both rooms would have suited us better, as we had to let our kids (boy & girl teens) have the en suite master bedroom as it had the twin beds!

The area is very central and we had an extremely relaxing holiday. We hope to come back again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Amazing property! Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Spent 4 nights in the "Francesca" apartment. It was clean, modern and beautifully furnished and had everything we could possibly need. In an ideal location in Florence - nicely tucked away in quiet back-streets but very close to many of the key sights. This apartment was the best we have stayed in throughout our Italian travels and I would highly recommend it. Simone was a pleasure to deal with and made us feel very welcome.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Firenze S.M.N.
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
A1/A11
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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Rates & Availability

Santa Croce Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High season
May 24 2016 - Nov 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
$202
$1,122
 
 
medium season
Nov 3 2016 - Dec 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
$180
$1,010
 
 
High season
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
$202
$1,122
 
 
low season
Jan 9 2017 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$168
$898
 
 
medium season
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$180
$1,010
 
 
high season
Apr 1 2017 - Nov 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$202
$1,122
 
 
medium season
Nov 2 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$180
$1,010
 
 
high season
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
$202
$1,122
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$202
$1,122
 

Additional information about rental rates

final cleaning $79
Refundable damage deposit $337
Stay tax €2 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

ELECTRICITY ON CONSUMPTION (ENERGY SAVING POLICY)
HEATING ON CONSUMPTION FOR RENTAL FROM 1 WEEK On
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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Santa Croce Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Luxury
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

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