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Gavinana, Florence, Italy
  • Apartment710 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms0
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

Two bedrooms and two baths, large living space overlooking parks and villas

Ideally located, this sunny and peaceful apartment offers one master bedroom with king size bed, large wardrobe and a private bathroom; a second bedroom/office with two single beds and its own private bathroom with shower, and a large open living room and kitchen with spectacular views over the Tuscan countryside.

This apartment has been completely restored with a contemporary sense of space for living and its spacious interior tastefully furnished.

Both bathrooms have large showers and colorfully decorated with Italian tiles.

The modern kitchen is fully equipped for Italian cuisine. A breakfast table and a round table complete the dining. Couch and armchairs, and bookshelves with tons of guides, maps and books assure a relaxing time after touring the city.

Windows overlook on both sides of the hill, and provide views and nice breezes during the summer. All windows are equipped with screens.

One more thing…….don’t miss the sunsets from your windows!


silvia puliti

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english, french, spanish, italian, Italiano, Inglese, Francese, Spagnolo
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About silvia puliti

I was born in Florence. I currently travel quite a bit but spend most of the year in Missoula, MT. I'm a pharmacist and an international public health consultant with particular focus in HIV, TB and malaria. Whenever possible, I fly back home. I love to walk from the hill of Pian de Giullari down to Florence. I'm always amazed at the beauty of these places.

silvia puliti purchased this Apartment in 2008

Why silvia puliti chose Arcetri

My work takes me away from Florence.

What makes this Apartment unique

For years I have tried to find a property on the hill of Pian de Giullari. This is not an easy catch! Forever home of the Florentine aristocracy, owners keep their residences in this hill within the family, and very rarely properties here come to the market. The place has always represented to me the ideal location to live or visit Florence. The tiny neighborhood of Pian de Giullari, located on the south hill of Florence, retains its full charm and opens up over both beauties: the Tuscan countryside and the uniqueness of the city of Florence. Close enough to reach by walking the old part of town, yet so quiet and secluded. The city bus (#38) stops in the little square below the apartment. The traditional trattoria Omero serves delicious meals, and offers takeaway, sells food, coffee or a glass of wine, like in the old days. After so many years, I'm still amazed at the beauty, the views, the enchanting parks, villas, little churches, and overall the peace of this place.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Walking closet and private bathroom with shower
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, Two sigle beds and private bathroom
      • Master bedroom with king size bed, large wardrobe and private bathroom. Second bedroom with 2 single beds and private bathroom with shower.


      • 0 Bathrooms
      • Shower room 1
        shower, bidet
      • Shower room 2
      • Both bathrooms have large showers and are decorated with colorful Italian tiles

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Town


            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      Couches and arm chars provide a relaxing space
                    • Computer Available
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central heating An extra fee of 10 Euro per day will be charged whenever used.
                    • Internet
                      Free unlimited internet access
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Linen is provided
                    • Fan
                    • Parking
                      Numerous parking spaces
                    • Telephone
                      Land line is provided only for local calls
                    • Towels Provided
                      A full set of towels is provided
                    • Vacuum Cleaner
                    • Washing Machine
                      Washing machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Kitchen
                          Modern, fully furnished kitchen for Italian cuisine. Dishwasher, gas stove, oven, microwave, toaster. Wood counter top.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Italian mokas and American filters
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Complete sets of dishes, glasses, and cutlery
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Kettle
                        • American Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Electric oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian spices are all provided
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Gas stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Small breakfast table and round dining table for four
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Lots of tour guides, maps and English/Italian books
                                • Television
                                  TV is provided


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                    • wheelchair inaccessible
                                      No accessible

                                      Onsite Services

                                        • Staff


                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • botanical garden
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • museums
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • golf privileges optional
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • tennis


                                                            • Guests in addition to those booked must be approved by owner and might be subject to extra fees. Home has to be left clean and in good conditions An extra fee of 10 Euro per day will be charged whenever heating is used Check in after 4:00 PM Check out before 10:00 AM House cleaner available upon request

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 15.00

                                                              Check-out: 10.00

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              19 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              beautiful apartment - quiet and private - just a quick walk to everything we needed

                                                              Janet W.Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

                                                              Our hosts were very friendly and helpful and the apartment provided everything we needed to settle in for a week long exploration of Florence. It was lovely to be away from the busier parts of town but still a quick and beautiful walk to all the major attractions. The trattoria down the street was a great neighbourhood place to enjoy a fabulous meal or a cappucino, order takeout, or get what we needed to cook at home. We were able to access the Tuscan hills with a quick bike ride or a great walk on a sunny day and so were able to explore the city as well as the countryside. It was exactly what we were looking for. Thanks so much for a beautiful stay!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you very much, Janet!

                                                              We are very glad that you enjoyed our place as much as we do. We wish you a pleasant return home and we are looking for seeing you again


                                                              Silvia and Giancarlo

                                                              A lovely home in Florence

                                                              Joe D.

                                                              We had a wonderful time in Florence while staying in your home. We were able to catch the bus to get into the city just steps from our front door. It was just a 10-15min ride to the city. We did catch a taxi one evening and it was only 7 euros so very reasonable. The wonderful restaurant only a few doors down the road from our front door was a great treat we enjoyed a couple of times. We even got some meat, cheese and bread from the restaurant to enjoy back at the apartment.

                                                              The apartment itself was great. Giancarlo had some fresh fruit, cold water, crunchy snacks and a lovely bottle of wine as a housewarming gift. We enjoyed it all!!! But the refreshing breeze that we were able to enjoy being up from the city was lovely. To be able to open the windows, feel the breeze and hear the peaceful sounds floating around outside in the evening was a wonderful way to end a day of amazing sight seeing.

                                                              Thank you for letting us stay in your apartment. Silvia, we were sorry we didn't get to meet you. Giancarlo, you went above and beyond to make sure we had what we needed. Thank you for your hospitality. We hope to stay with you again in the future.

                                                              Anne and Joe Doman

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you Joe and Anne,

                                                              It has been wonderful having you as our guests and glad that you loved our place as much as we do

                                                              I hope that I will have an other chance of meeting you sometimes in the near future.

                                                              Have a good rest of the summer

                                                              Silvia and Giancarlo

                                                              Fabulous Situation overlooking Florence

                                                              Christine D.Clyde, Central Otago

                                                              Very well set up with everything you need for a very comfortable stay. The owner was very helpful and welcoming. The fly screens are great and you could enjoy the pleasant breezes which helped cool the very hot summer temperatures.

                                                              Beautiful and Peaceful home.

                                                              Shawn R.

                                                              A truly wonderful experience from arrival to departure. Silvia and Gioncarlo were both incredibly nice and helpful. The apartment itself was very clean, modern and in a wonderful location just outside the city, but still accessible by bus or taxi.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you very much Shawn, It has been a pleasure to have you staying at our place and we are looking for to seeing again.

                                                              Silvia and Giancarlo

                                                              Very clean, comfortable and well appointed apartment.

                                                              Dianne F.

                                                              This is a very comfortable, well organised apartment that is ideal for people who want to do things in and out of Florence. Wonderful walking around the beautiful roads and laneways. Buses or a good walk can get you into Florence, easy to get a taxi back at night.

                                                              Very good for travellers with a car who want to explore the countryside as well as Florence. Preferably with a small car because the roads are very narrow at times. There is car parking in the piazza outside the apartment.

                                                              It is a very quiet area.

                                                              Apartment is small but very comfortable and well equiped. A perfect base.

                                                              Silvia and her husband were extremely helpful from first contact to the end.

                                                              I would highly recommend this apartment for travellers who want to be outside the city of Florence.

                                                              Peaceful, beautiful, and comfortable!

                                                              Jimi Sue C.

                                                              We loved Silvia and Gioncarlo' s apartment! They greeted us weary travelers with a bottle of wine and fresh strawberries and flowers, so thoughtful! The location is quiet and private but the bus stops right in front to take you to the city center. So interesting to think that Galileo lived next door at one time! It was really convenient to have the two bathrooms as we were two couples traveling together. Everything was very clean and decorated beautifully! There is a Michelin rated restaurant just a couple doors down with amazing views and food, and a short walk to piazza Michelangelo which we all throughly enjoyed at sunset! Overall the apartment was fantastic!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much, Jimi Sue. We loved having you there and wish you all the best to your wonderful families

                                                              Silvia and Giancarlo


                                                              Gavinana, Florence, Italy

                                                              The hill of Pian de Giullari is an ideal location for visiting the city of Florence. The slow climb of the stone paved road leads to this apartment, located in a tiny neighborhood at the top of the hill of one of the most famous sights in the world. Breathtaking views of the city and magnificent architectural style blends in perfectly with the rolling countryside scattered with cypresses and olive groves and gives us a true sense of the rural Tuscan landscape. This sunny, quiet, newly renovated apartment opens over the villa that housed Galileo Galilei during the last days of his life. For those who likes to walk, lovely paths lead from home to the famous panoramic terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo, to the Basilica of San Miniato, considered a real architectural jewel, and to the old part of town (Porta Romana and Porta San Niccolo'). The city bus (#38) stops at the door. The well known, traditional trattoria "Omero" is located only few steps away and serves delicious meals, acts as local food store, offers take away, a coffe or a good glass of wine, just like in the old days!

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                                                              19 Reviews
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