1-room apt sleeps 4 in the city centre near Piazza Duomo (the Cathedral Square)
- english, french, italian
I am a civil lawyer and I decided to rent my apartment to tourists: it is a very pleasant experience that allows me to meet friendly people from all over the world.
Elisabetta purchased this Apartment in 1990
What makes this Apartment unique
This charming apartment embellished with old wooden beams, stone shelves and antique furniture creates a warm atmosphere and a very particular charm.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great Area to Stay But There Were Concerns!
The apartment is exactly as pictured. It's very large, roomy, CLEAN and comfortable. The furniture is beautiful and you truly feel like you are in Italy in your own apartment.
Check-in was easy-- information presented was very concise. We had no problem. My husband and I stayed here during very HOT weather in Europe at the end of June 2019. Advice: Don't drag your luggage from the St. Maria Novelle Station like we did -- take a taxi. Everywhere else you can walk. In fact, Academia is just right around the corner from this apt. Duomo is about a 5-10 min. walk away.
The apt. is on the 2nd floor which is actually the 3rd floor to us Americans. (The 1st floor is actually "0" floor in Europe.) So, there are two flights of stairs to walk up as there is no elevator or "lift." I am 63 and my husband is 71 and we had no problems.
I read other reviews about noise at night. San Marco Plaza has a lot of activity which we found fun. Lots of buses do come in and out and sirens to a near-by hospital. But, during the night -- it's not that loud. However, we use a "white noise" app on my phone to sleep. It blocks out other sounds.
Elisabetta was a great host but we did have four major concerns:
1. Fire safety -- if someone leaves the apt. and takes the keys (3 keys locked together-- key for apt. door, key for street door and key to turn on electricity including air conditioning and lights) -- there is NO way to get out of the apartment. You need the door key to open the door from INSIDE the apartment. If someone is left inside the apt. -- they can't get out if keys are gone. I left one time and took the keys (can't separate them) and my husband tried to leave but couldn't. Please Elisabetta -- you need to reconsider unlocking these 3 keys.
2. It was very HOT when we were there. When we left the apt. -- we couldn't leave the air conditioning on as we had to take all 3 keys. I understand the cost of electricity but it was 98 degrees out. Upon return -- the apt. was very hot.
3. One day when we were there -- we had the a/c on and my husband was washing the dishes. All of a sudden, the electricity went out. I tried texting and calling Elisabetta but she never texted or answered my calls. Luckily, my husband figured out the breaker and managed to turn the electricity back on.
4. We never could figure out the washer. Easy steps written in English would have actually saved electricity as the washer went on for at least 2 hours.
thank you for the nice description of the apartment that I really appreciated. I'm sorry for the problems complained of by the guest. as for point 1) problem with the keys: I was amazed and I don't know how it could have happened because the key is not necessary to open the door from the inside. 2) The air conditioning cannot remain switched on all day to avoid an overwork of the system and a possible blockage of the same, as sometimes happened. Furthermore, the cooling of the apartment is almost immediate. 3) probably a sudden power surge has caused electricity to be interrupted. 4) the washing machine has its user manual in a folder present in the apartment; anyway thank you for the report and I will add a brief description on the washing machine.
Great apartment. Location is fantastic. Elisabetta was a great host. Apartment super clean and very spacious for a family of 4 from USA. Had a great time in Firenze.
Sono molto contenta degli apprezzamenti: effettivamente l’appartamento è un bilocale spazioso e che può ospitare adeguatamente una famiglia di quattro persone. Presto molta attenzione alla pulizia d alla cura dei particolari.
Our hostess thought of everything. We had a lovely stay. We were able to wash a load of laundry, make meals and even watch a video about highlights of Florence. We appreciate all Elisabetta did for us. The location is very central, making commutes easy to main attractions.
Only one recommendation would be to remember your ear plugs as the bus runs nearby and there are many noises at night. This is understandable in such a good location.
Only a few hundred yards from the David. Elisabettha was very accommodating. We arrived very late and she waited up for us. The apartment was clean, well furnished and we had plenty of room. The apartment was so close to everything we could come home in between museums. Since we arrived very late and missed seeing some things she let us leave our things in the VRBO for a couple of hours until we had finished site seeing. The place you catch the bus is literally in front of the apartment. I would definitely stay there again.
Good location but the noise was brutal at night with buses, taxis, people. Had to get earplugs just to sleep
I'm sorry for the inconvenience suffered by the guest; it is a very lively square in the city center, with restaurants and bars and lots of people; all this to someone disturbs, but to others no or even like it. Buses however end their runs at 11 pm.
Lovely Apartment with the perfect location and gracious owner.
Staying at this apartment in Florence is a wonderful experience. It is in easy walking distance from the center of the historic city and just literally down the street from the Academia and Michelangelo's David. Downstairs, there are several food shops. My favorite is Pugi's. In my opinion, they have some of the best pizza in the city. There is a grocery store just around the corner and a the famous Gelateria Carabe only a little further.
One of the things I've appreciated the most is the spacious and well-appointed kitchen. It has all the tools one needs to make all of one's meals if desired and to even host guests. The clothes washer means I can pack less when I go there and the bathroom has a comfortable shower (a real bonus). The bedroom has a lot of storage space so that one can unpack and settle in and the bed is very comfortable.
Although I was usually out and about most of the time, there is a comfortable two-seater sofa that is a pull-out bed if needed. Having a sitting area with a TV meant I could watch the fireworks on TV on New Year's Eve instead of fighting the crowd. But I could also just stroll down to the piazza around the Duomo and enjoy the festivities and return at any hour, feeling safe.
While the location is indeed the bus station, I found the sounds quite tolerable and slept very well at night. Elisabetta is a kind and very helpful owner and makes sure the apartment is well cared for, communicates with you quickly and easily, and does everything she can to make your stay fantastic. Although the first journey up the stairs with suitcases is a workout, it is quite doable and well worth it. I have stayed here twice and plan to again soon. I love looking out the window in the morning at the Basilica de San Marco and museum while having my coffee. And of course, the museum and convent right there is filled with must-see art.
I have stayed in this apartment during a hot summer and a cold two weeks in January. In both cases, the apartment had all the cooling or heating equipment needed for a comfortable stay. Fantastic apartment for a very reasonable price. I highly recommend it.
The apartment overlooks a dynamic square full of bars, restaurants and pastry shops, exactly in the centre of the city. Moreover, it is at walking distance from the Gallery of the Academy of Florence, which is the home of the Michelangelo's sculpture David, and from the National Museum of San Marco, which exhibits all works by Beato Angelico. Our apartment is located in a strategic location, ideal to reach in few minutes on foot all the main tourist points of interest of the city. Thanks to the main Florence bus lines, which stop next to our apartment, you can reach every part of the town and suburbs (Fiesole or Michelangelo Square). Few metres from the apartment you can find a high-quality restaurant called "L'Accademia", where you can try some of the best Italian dishes.