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Perfect Fascinating Frescoes, Terrace, AC WiFi, Washer Art, Harmony, Quiet Luxe

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,080 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 3)

Conde Nast Traveler Expert Specialist. Travel + Leisure Magazine Italy All-Star 2013, 2014; BBB A+

The Tesoro apartment is a treasure of art and harmony in the historic center of Florence one block from Piazza Santa Croce.

We welcome your inquiries and questions and will respond within one business day. The calendar is kept up to date.


The Santa Croce neighborhood is one of the most fascinating and historic in the center of Florence. Piazza Santa Croce is traffic free and hosts events of every kind, including the famous Calcio in Costume (soccer as it was played in ancient times - in medieval costumes). Surrounded by history, the neighborhood has many restaurants and markets.


Located between Piazza Santa Croce and the river, this Renaissance palazzo is built in the style typical of the period. Grey pietra serena (serene stone) outlines the geometry of the facade. The building is beautifully maintained; it is clean and quiet.

Interior Description

Glowing with radiantly colored 15th century frescoes, the entry transports you into another time. You can enjoy these beautifully preserved murals up close from an antique settee.

The spacious living room has a 20th century flair with a sofa, side chairs, chaise longue, a handsome antique sideboard, fireplace and many pieces of art. The exceptional aesthetics of the apartment evidence harmony and a spirit of beauty that can be appreciated at every turn.

A dining table, where you will find your welcome basket of wine and a few essentials, seats four. You can also choose to dine on the terrace, a particular joy during warm weather. The terrace has a wrought iron table and chairs for four. It is right off the large kitchen where there is another table for casual meals. The kitchen is thoroughly modern and offers artistic elements to enjoy.

The terrace and living room overlook the inside of the block with its secluded gardens.

The study is another treasure with every wall and the ceiling covered with 18th century frescoes. Their beautiful clouds and cupids contrast with the vivid colors and themes of the entry frescoes. A leather sofa converts to a single bed. A full bath with shower adjoins the study. A flat-screen television has satellite reception for a few English language shows, a DVD player, and a stereo. We listed this as a second bedroom with VRBO but because it has a sofa bed and not a regular bed, it really shouldn't be so. Unfortunately we cannot change it once it is coded, so apologies. It serves well as a bedroom however, with an ensuite bath.

Tranquility suffuses the master bedroom with its warm yellow-gold walls and polished wood throughout. The decorating language is Japanese with a queen sized bed is on a wooden platform, so is a little lower that the usual. It has a heavy foam mattress. A glass walled room forms a temple to the bath.s The toilet is in a separate room off the bedroom. A sofa and large lounging pillows invite you to recharge in this magical room. The room faces the internal, quiet courtyard.

Guests receive by email complimentary and helpful documents: 1. FAQ About Renting in Italy, 2. Helpful Information About Florence, and, 3. for children, a copy of the Italy Discovery Journal eBook.

Keywords: Apartment Florence Italy

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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

I was satisfied with the Tesoro apartment. I found it to be spacious and clean, and the appliances and equipment worked well. A special feature was the frescoes and other design attributes (e.g., ornate ceilings) of the apartment. The greeter was also helpful in her explanations of how to function in the apartment. In addition, I appreciated the information that you provided, and your courteous and informed responses to my questions in advance of my trip. I would recommend your company and the Tesoro apartment to others.
Sep 2013
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Santa Croce Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1080 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , bidet , toilet and bidet separate from sink/tub area
    Bathroom off study - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) This is a flat sofa bed (not folding) but because it can be left made up, we are showing it as a regular bed.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews

Beautiful Apartment in wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was fantastic. The location to sites, excellent restaurants, and piazzas was wonderful. The apartment was beautiful and spacious. We'd stay here again and recommend it to anyone. The greeter was wonderful. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lisa, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team
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  • 5 of 5

The Tesoro apartment is conveniently located near Santa Croce Church. It was a wonderful place to be for the week we stayed in Florence.

This is the second time we have used Italy Perfect and would highly recommend them. Lisa and Pat are full of helpful information and respond to any questions quickly and efficiently.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Denise! We look forward to welcoming you back. The Italy Perfect Team
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Incredible Gem of an Apartment

  • 5 of 5

First, we would certainly recommend Italy, Paris and London Perfect for any travelers. We have used all three and your services are the best. The specific apartment we rented in San Croce in Florence was spectacular. The location was perfect - San Croce is full of great restaurants, sights and shops to visit and a GREAT walking neighborhood as is the entire city. The apartment is large, in a 500+ year old building with beautiful frescos covering many of the walls that go back hundreds of years. Our greeter, the apartment's owner was also very gracious and hospitable and make arrangements for our late arrival. I would strongly recommend the apartment, the neighborhood and Florence.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jim, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay! Please come again. The Italy Perfect Team
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Wonderful Apartment, Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is fantastic - great location, with many shops, restaurants, and markets nearby. We found a great small pub, gelateria, market, and some wonderful restaurants, just around the corner. Although located in the center of Florence, the apartment is quiet and lovely. Beds are comfortable, linens are very nice and plentiful. The apartment itself is decorated beautifully, yet it's comfortable. Kitchen is very well equipped, with a full size fridge, many small appliances (microwave, toaster oven, blender, coffee maker, etc.) The terrace was lovely, and we enjoyed sitting out after a long day of exploring Florence and having a glass of wine. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again! The Italy Perfect Team
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Berkeley CA


  • 5 of 5

I heartily agree with all of the superlative reviews of the Tesoro apartment. The only thing I can add is that I had the most restful nights there, with vivid and beautiful dreams. I awoke each morning smiling and delighted. It is a wonderful home, and I felt so happy to "live" there for two weeks. It is the perfect place to stay in Florence, close enough to walk everywhere, but in a secret and silent courtyard. The hostess was incredibly generous with her time and her treasure.

My favorite ristorante in Florence is Sostanza, must call for reservations.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, please come again! The Italy Perfect Team
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Florida, US


  • 5 of 5

We are back from our wonderful vacation in Italy and I wanted to let you know personally that our time in Florence was spectacular. The Tesoro apartment that we rented last week was exceptional and provided everything we needed for comfort while we were there. I would highly recommend Tesoro to anyone who's interested in visiting Florence. The location, the Frescoes, the amenities were all perfect.

And thanks to you, Pat, for all of your assistance with scheduling and reservations. You are excellent at what you do and your help made our vacation so perfectly wonderful.

Have a great day. I hope to work with you again on our next vacation to Italy.

We'll be back next year for sure.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, please visit us again! The Italy Perfect Team
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Rates & Availability

Santa Croce Apartment Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $23 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $582.34
4-nite supplement note* $133.94
Service Costs per week $174.7

* 4 night stay supplement, remove for longer stays. Service Fee represents HomeAway fee. Local tourist is payable in cash on arrival. For latest information see

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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