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Giovanni Paxia

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Speaks: english, french, italian

Apartment in centre of Florence, balcony and terrace with amazing view

98 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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1 bedroom apartment to sleep 4 in Central Florence near Duomo

The apartment, (55 square meter - 592 square feet ) is situated in the historical centre of Florence. It is located at the 4th floor (without elevator). From the balcony and the roof terrace you will enjoy a wonderful view over Florence and its monuments. From the living room five stairs take you on the lovely roof terrace with the view of Duomo, Campanile di Giotto, Battistero, San Lorenzo church (Medici Chapel) and the hills around Florence. The apartment has a living/dining room, a bedroom, a fully equiped kitchen, large enough for you to self-cater (seats 4) and a modern bathroom with shower. The apartment has parquet floors, air conditioning and heating, wi fi internet access, coffee, espresso, tea. There are many travel guides in the unit for easy reference. All main museums and monuments of Florence can be visited within walking distance. It has a lot of light and fresh air, and the views are spectacular. Even the shower has a window with a view! Most of the major attractions are easily reachable within walking distance (Duomo, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Galleria dell’Accademia). The stairs (73) are a bit of a challenge, but think of them as your private gym...

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Giovanni Paxia (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, italian

About Giovanni Paxia

I have been dealing with management activities for many years in companies operating in consulting and design services for cultural and educational Private and Public Companies.

I worked with several companies and organizations for the design and delivery of classroom modules in organizational behavior

Giovanni Paxia purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Giovanni Paxia chose Historic Center

First time I saw this property, I realized it was the perfect place for everybody wants to spend some days in Florence. The apartment is bright, calm and close to everything.

What makes this apartment unique

It's quite unique to find in Florence an apartment with a balcony and a terrace where you can enjoy a view of Cathedral S. Maria del Fiore, the bell tower of Giotto and the Baptystery and the church of San Lorenzo.


based on 98 traveler reviews

Apartment in centre of Florence, balcony and terrace with amazing view
average rating of 4.9387755 based on 98 reviews

Right in the heart of Florence, but so quiet!!

  • 5 of 5

Although we only stayed at 15 Borgo San Lorenzo for three nights, we found everything to be just perfect! From the communications from Giovanni all the way up to our arrival, it couldn't have been smoother!!

The location was perfect - less than five minute's walk to the Duomo and the heart of the city centre, and we could not believe how quiet it was whuch made for comfortable nights!

We didn't use the cooking facilities due to our short stay and the fact there were numerous restaurants close by, but the kitchen had everything you would need, and the fluffy bath towels were gorgeous!! Another bonus was the really comfy bed!! And we loved being woken by the church bells in the morning!

The view across to the Duomo from the terrace and the rooftop balcony were superb, and even prettier at night with the beautiful buildings lit up!

The stairs up to the apartment gave us a workout each time we came back from exploring the city, and Giovanni was kind enough to help us with our cases when we arrived - so they weren't as bad as we were expecting!!

We can highly recommend this clean, bright and well-maintained little apartment, and would have no hesitation in rebooking when we return to this beautiful city!!

Thanks for all your help Giovanni, and for allowing us the pleasure of your lovely apartment!!

Alison and Mark Smith, Swindon, UK

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Escape - and enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in 15 Borgo San Lorenzo - and we loved it exactly as much as the first time (4 years ago). When you have had enough of the tourist crowds in Florence, it's just fantastic to escape to this perfect little top floor apartment - and especially the small and very romantic roof terrace between the domes of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica di San Lorenzo - looking at the stars above and enjoying a glass of wine.

The apartment is very cozy inside, you will find everything you need, and we felt in every way really comfortable. We would love to come back for a third stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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A room with a view, and then some!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent an amazing 2 weeks in the San Lorenzo apartment. It had all of the modern conveniences, while full of local, historic charm. The views were incredible. We spent many mornings and evenings hanging out on the rooftop terrace. It made every one of those 72 steps worth it. The location couldn't have been better. Walking distance to everything. We shopped often at the Central Market and there was also a supermarket just a few doors down. We made several day trips from Florence. It was great being so close to the train and bus stations and then having such a comfortable home to return to in the evening. We really felt like we lived there and enjoyed the opportunity to be "locals" for a bit. Giovanni was a pleasure to work with, quickly responding to any request. If we are ever blessed to find ourselves in Florence again, we will definitely be staying here.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Just How Italy Should Be

  • 5 of 5

My 19 year daughter and I stayed here 4 wonderful days. It is perfect!!! The location is in the heart of Florence but still quite for sleeping. The accommodations are great once you make it up the 73 steps. You get used to those as well. Helps burn off all the incredible pasta you will eat. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. Giovanni is a perfect host. Loved the bottle of red wine he left for us 😎 The restaurants in the area we very good. This cute little apartment is everything I read in other reviews.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fantastic 28 days in Florence, and part of this exceptional experience was due to our apartment at 15 Borgo San Lorenzo. The apartment was amazing. The kitchen was beautiful and well equipped including a dishwasher. The washing machine especially came in handy. The bedroom was really comfortable, with the added bonus of the adjoining balcony terrace. The two terraces were delightful with spectacular views of the Duomo and Chiesa San Lorenzo. The central location was perfect making all the wonderful museums, piazzas, and shopping all within walking distance. Giovanni and Francesca were extremely welcoming with lots of information and were readily available, responding to any questions or concerns. The apartment was even better then the description and was very clean and well maintained. I would recommend this listing to anyone wanting a true Florentine experience.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic five days at this lovely apartment in Florence. Giovanni was so helpful and friendly, both before arrival and after. We really appreciated the bottle of wine and, strangely, even more the bottle of cold water in the fridge. We have fond memories of sitting on the little terrace off the bedroom in late afternoon, listening to the duomo's bells and watching the people on top of the dome and belltower-would love to be back now! The position is just so handy too-near the sights but also near little streets with bars and bakeries. The only drawback is the stairs, but if you plan your day well you only have to climb them twice and that's certainly doable-especially as it means you are high above the bizz of the street and have great views.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
9 Kilometres
Firenze Peretola
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Via de' Ginori
Nearest Ferry
115 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3.5 Kilometres
Circolo del Golf dell'Ugolino
Nearest Train
800 Metres
Firenze SMN
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
A1 Firenze Sud
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Sergio Gozzi
Nearest Ski
85 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

If you like cooking, you will find everything you need in Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo (central market), the main market for food, 100 mt from home. The market was built in the second half of the XIX century, at the time when Florence was capital of the nation. The market offers meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese of the best qualities at cheap prices. It is the traditional market used by people living in the town. It is open only in the morning till two pm. If you prefer to do the shopping in a self-service minimarket, there are two great supermarkets right near by.

Close to the front door (to the left leaving the building) there is one of the most equipped cd-DVD shops in town (Alberti). And a TIM shop (mobile phone service).

Many restaurants and pizzerias are available nearby.


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San Lorenzo Apartment Rental Rates

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Low Season
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter season
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Historic Center Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 55 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Even the shower (large and comfortable) has a window with a view!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The shades in the bedroom do a great job of keeping it dark when you want it to be.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
A mobile telephone is available in the apartment. Booklet with instruction for using the house equipment

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