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Romantic Apartment With Garden 2 Minutes' Walk From Pitti Palace

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Santo Spirito-Piazza Pitti apartment with garden sleeps 2/4

Santo Spirito-Piazza Pitti apartment with garden sleeps 2/4This newly-renovated apartment is located on the first floor of an old building 50 metres from Piazza Pitti. It is about 45 square metres and has the rare feature of a beautiful walled garden which, being at the back of the building, is a haven of peace and birdsong in the centre of the city.

The living room has a mezzanine floor with a double bed. On the lower level is a comfortable sofa bed and seating area, large wardrobe, desk and work area with internet connection and large window overlooking the garden.

The spacious, brand new kitchen has a traditional marble-topped table that seats four comfortably, an armchair corner and a door leading out onto the garden.

The bathroom is done out in pale stone with slate grey tiling on the floor: it is contemporary and chic and really quite large for an apartment of this size. There is a small storage room too.

There are oak floors throughout.

The garden has jasmine and antique roses climbing the walls and fresh herbs for use in your Tuscan cooking: a table and chairs provide a perfect spot for al fresco meals and aperitivi.

Although we are at present renting this apartment out, we have deliberately restored it with a view to using it as our own pied-a-terre in Florence one day, so we have not cut corners!

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Nicky Swallow
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2018

About Nicky Swallow

I am English and Luca is Florentine: I have lived in Florence since 1981. We live around the corner from the apartment just off Piazza Santo Spirito and would not want to live anywhere else. We will always be on hand to help out with any practical problems and to make sure you get the most from your stay in this beautiful city.

Nicky Swallow purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Nicky Swallow chose Ponte Vecchio

A garden, even a small one, is a dream in the centre of Florence: we couldn't resist!

What makes this apartment unique

The location of Casa Giardino is perfect: the Oltrano is the most interesting area of Florence, removed from the worst of the tourist crowds yet within easy walking distance of all the main sights and monuments. The combination of this location and the fact of having a garden to retreat to after a hard days' sightseeing is unique.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Drop whatever you're doing and book this apartment RIGHT NOW. If you are heading to Florence and only want one of the most charming places to land, this is the place for you. Among other things Casa Giardino has the most quaint garden that looks upon the observatory where Galileo made his observations. GALILEO. IN THE 1500's! Nicky (absolutely charming) was waiting for us, a chilled bottle of Prosecco in the fridge and gave us instructions. She showed us the loft sleeping area and double bed, the downstairs living area, the eat-in kitchen bath and the all important air-conditioning. Everything was very well appointed, clean and neat, warm and inviting. The location was across the river from the hordes of tourists and the sites and this suited us perfectly. The city is easily walkable and we enjoyed the stroll into town. To its every credit this is not a hotel. It is a real slice of life lived in Italy, you are separated from the hotel with its monogrammed everything, you are home. So yeah, my review is all exclamation points and such because I was blown away. Shortcomings? Not worth mentioning, nit-picky. Besides, you'll spend most of your time out in the streets. IN ITALY!
Jul 2014
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Ponte Vecchio Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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Romantic Apartment With Garden 2 Minutes' Walk From Pitti Palace
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

At home in Florence

  • 5 of 5

We were in Florence for a week to attend an Italian language course and Nicky's apartment was just perfect. Clean and cosy with a well-equipped kitchen, plus a big new bathroom. It was very easy to feel at home there, as it is nicely put together with all kinds of interesting books, music and magazines. The little book next to the bed was a nice touch! The little garden was a great bonus. The whole apartment stayed cool even during warm days. The apartment is very well situated- not far to walk to all of the sights, but blissfully away from the tourist hordes. The neighbourhood is very bohemian and lively- definitely follow Nicky's restaurant/cafe recommendations- every one we tried was absolutely great. We would love to return and most certainly recommend this apartment. Thank you Nicky!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for such a great review! It was a pleasure to have you staying with us and I hope to see you in Florence again soon.
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Beautiful and Great Location VRBO with a Great Hostess

  • 5 of 5

Nicky is one of the best hostesses ever! The vrbo is located close to the Pitti Palace, and is minutes away from anything and everything one would enjoy in Florence. The vrbo is spacious, with central heating and a beautiful little kitchen. The bed is super comfortable and solid. We were not able to use the garden since we visited in the cold months, but we imagine it to be a great place to hang out with a bottle of vino during the warmer season. There is a bar right downstairs to get your caffe or a panini, dozens of ristorante around, and historical sights within minutes of walking. You will not be disappointed.

As typical for Italian culture, the train workers decided to strike when we were leaving Florence. We explained our predicament with Nicky, and she gave us numbers to call in order to get more information about taxis, advice on taking other trains, and offered for us to stay another day should we need to. She accommodated us in our time of need, and for this we are forever grateful. We ended up being able to leave on schedule, so we did not have to stay the extra night. However, Nicky gave us peace of mind to at least have a place to stay. Grazie mille Nicky!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Darling apartment in the perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this apartment. It was the perfect size for just the two of us. We also loved the little garden area for enjoying a glass of wine and playing cards after a long day of exploring. the location was excellent, right next door to the Pitti Palace. Also very close to coffee shops and a grocery store for making a few light meals before heading to a local restaurant for a beautiful dinner. The owner, Nicky, met us when we arrived and made sure we had everything we needed. A great experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well equipped, secure, and within easy walking distance of pratically All there is to see in Florenc

  • 5 of 5

Clean, tidy, everything is provided. Lovely to have the garden to sit out and chill after waking around the “ sites” of Florence. Only 25 mins walk from train station if you want to further explore.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment in great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time in Nicky's apartment in Florence. The living room and bedroom loft were comfortable and relaxing. The kitchen and bathroom were recently remodeled and very nice. It was wonderful to have an outside area for a morning cup of tea or a place to dry clothes (after using the convenient washing machine in the kitchen). An added bonus was the great collection of travel books and magazines -- some of which were authored by our host!

The location was ideal. We were less than 10 minutes from Ponte Vechhio, the Duomo, the Ufizzi Gallery; the Pitti Palace was even closer right around the corner. Michaelangelo's David at the Galleria dell Accademia Gallerie was a 25-30 minute walk away. The Boboli Gardens were right behind the apartment and a wonderful place to wander through. The buses in Florence were easy to figure out, and the bus stop was just outside our door

It was a special treat to hear the 17:30 daily mass with Gregorian chants at San Miniato al Monte (a 15-minute bus ride away). And we had a fantastic meal at Veni e Vecchi Sapori (via dei Magazzini, 3r, near Piazza della Signoria).

Nicky was a warm host, showing us around her apartment and giving us tips about the neighborhood. She even printed something for us when we found ourselves without a printer! Above and beyond the call of duty.

We hope we'll be back to Firenze & will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible flat... I found my home in Italy!?!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is impeccably clean with a perfect location. Walkable to just about everything. Nicky is an amazing hostess and all her recommendations were spot on. We will never stay anywhere but here when visiting. Florence.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a positive review-looking forward to your next visit!
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Nearest Barpub
5 Metres
Caffè Bianchi
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Ugolino, Grassina
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Santa Maria Novella
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
Santo Graal
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Our apartment is located in the Oltrarno area south of the river, a few metres from the Pitti Palace and also very close to lively Piazza Santo Spirito. This is one of the few neighbourhoods in Florence that still has a genuinely local feel. It is only metres from the tourist haunts of the Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti and yet farmers still sell produce daily in the piazza. Five minutes walk brings you to Ponte Santa Trinita across which lies chic Via Tornabuoni, the Duomo, the Uffizi gallery and Palazzo Vecchio. A five minute walk to the east through the newly-pedestrianised Piazza Pitti leads to the Ponte Vecchio. There are lots of bars, restaurants and shops of all types (from bakares to butchers to chic antique stores and quirky independent boutiques) in the area plus some of the city's most interesting sights. The Pitti museums are virtually on the doorstep, the back entrance to the Boboli gardens is just up the road, the delightful Specola museum of natural history is next door and the church of Santo Spirito, Brunelleschi's last work, is 50 metres away. There are banks, a post office, buses to the train station nearby. It's a great area to live in! This exceptional location plus the garden make our flat an ideal place for your Florence holiday.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Final cleaning $61.53
Stay tax $3.69 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

The final cleaning charge is included in the rental total.
Central heating and air con will be charged extra where relevant.
A non-returnable deposit of 25% of the total cost is required to secure the booking.

Discounts are offered for rentals longer than 10 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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