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The Perfect Florentine Retreat, walking distance from The Old Bridge, Garden

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room,2 kitchnettes, garden, terrace

The Florentine Retreat is a house of 90 sqm with garden and terrace .It is possible to rent only a suite for two people.

It consists of 2 apartments of 45 sqm each, in a Villa with 1 double bedroom each, a living room, 2 bathrooms with original Amalfi tiles ( with showers), 2 kitchnette: 1 is located in Garden apt living room with access to the garden, and 1 is located in Studio and can be used to have meals on the upper terrace during warm days.

Free Wifi and parking available.

The prices are for 2 people in one suite.

The apatment is rentable for 1-2-3-4-5-6 guests.

It's possible to add 1 single bed in the living (on request) and one in Studio..

The Suite Apartment is located in a Villa , ex Hay Loft of an old tuscan family.

The Villa is now owned by Martelli family and surrounded by gardens in a secluded area but at only 12 minutes from Forte Belvedere and Boboli garden entrance, 20 minutes from the Old Bridge and Piazzale Michelangelo; a fashinating walk in th one of the most intersting antique road of Florence. The composer Tchaikovsky loved Florence and its climate and spent a winter in a house in Via San Leonardo, less than 100 meters away from us.

When you are in this apartment you do not need a car for visiting Firenze ( historical city center is off-limits for cars)

Bus stops at 100 meters.

Anyway we have complimentary parking available.

The owner is glad to help you to book museum tickets

You can also do it by yourself calling the booking office: the Uffizi Gallery is 0039.055.294833; this number is also valid for the other state museums ) or at www.polomuseale/firenze

There are many temporary exhibitions held in Florence throughout the year. Some of great interest include the bi-annual antiques show in October, the Craftsmanship's Exhibition and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s season of concerts and operas. In some seasons, it is possible to observe the night sky from the nearby Arcetri's Observatory of Galilei.

A local Open Market every Tuesday morning in Cascine Park,

Fashion Outlet The Mall (Armani, Gucci, Tod's, Ferragamo, Burberry.....) at Incisa Val d'Arno at 15km ( A1 motorway)

The villa is very close (100m) to the historical Chalet Fontana, caffé, restourant recentely restored with great charme, exellent cuisine, splendid park.

The Terrazza del Principe , restourant and pizzeria is at 250 m. from home, very beautiful panorama.

At the top of the hill of Arcetri, at 600m from home, there are the ancient trattoria-restaurant Omero, serving tipical tastefull tuscany food.

More Details

Property Manager
Laura Martelli
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

Why Laura Martelli chose Centro Storico (Quartiere 1)

The Villa is located in a very beautiful area close to historical city center far from noisy and close to the best spotlights such as Piazzale Michelangelo

What makes this apartment unique

A garden in the city.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Laura,

we are leaving today and we would like to tank you again for the perfect hospitality and your precious hints

We hope to come back next spring for a longer stay


Joan and Bill
Jun 2014
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Centro Storico (Quartiere 1) Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Free Wifi
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Garden apt. bathroom has original Amalfi style tiles and a window on the private garden. Studio apt. Bathroom has sardinian style tiles adn large windows on the garden. Bath towels provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Studio - 1 double , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Garden - 1 double , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The Bedroom of Garden apt. has a queen size bed, two windows watching the garden. The living room has a single sofabed, as well as a child bed on request and a door window on the garden. Studio has a french size bed and a sofabed, windows and door window on the terrace
  • Books
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
A common laundry area is available for Guest. Free WI FI Parking is available complimentary


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The Perfect Florentine Retreat, walking distance from The Old Bridge, Garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

An Oasis from the City

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this accommodation was perfect and better than expected. We chose it because it had gated parking so we wouldn't have to worry about our car while in Florence. Easy access to the bus route or walk to Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens and Ponte Vecchio. Every comfort you should need, lovely antique furniture, garden, and our hosts went beyond expectations preparing our suite with treats, food, wine and even a pair of bus tickets to get us going. Really made our stay in Florence such a special one! Thank you so much, grazie mille to Laura and Lucia!!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice apartment!

  • 5 of 5

This was a picturesque place to stay that was close to the bus stop, which made getting around easy. We were greeted with so many thoughtful amenities which we really appreciated. Bread, butter, jam, milk, cereal, fruit, nice! Our host was gracious, kind, and available if needed. A perfect place to stay for a visit to Florence .

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Laura was an amazing host. The rooms we had were just beautiful especially the studio, a basket of food and wine in the fridge when we all arrived was just fabulous. It was a shame we could only stay for 2 of our 3 night stay. Unfortunely we had to get back to Rome earlier than we planned but it was just fabulous. Highly , highly recommend

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Lovely family who went out of their way to ensure a perfect holiday.

  • 5 of 5

The property was in a beautiful area of town and very comfortable, in a traditional style of villa.There was a very good welcome pack covering several breakfasts and our hosts were very thoughtful and provided every support for my mother, especially when we had problems organising her disability status with the local police. They even let us check out later at no extra cost as they didn't have a booking until the next day.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Beautiful Accommodation with Great Host

  • 5 of 5

Laura's garden apartment is perfect for hot summer days - we stayed there in late August and loved being able to use the garden. We took all of our meals outside (heat and mosquitos permitting). The apartment is beautifully furnished with mostly antique furniture, a very comfortable bed, a nice bathroom, and a small kitchen area in the living room. If you close the wooden shutters before it becomes really hot, the apartment remains quite cool even without air conditioning (but there is air condition, too). Everything was spotlessly clean, wine grows just outside of the building, and little lizards come out of hiding as soon as the sun is up. It is a very relaxing place to stay.

Laura herself is a great host - an extremely likeable and engaging person. She provided everything we needed for our first breakfast, as well as the best (home-grown) tomatoes I have ever tasted. As other guests have already noted, the property is about 20 minutes on foot from the city center; we usually walked down the hill and took the bus back up. Due to its location, it is fairly quiet (even though you hear cars passing by in the street). It is easy to feel at home there. In other words: if you have a chance to stay there, take it!

Eva, Berlin

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

Chateau Fontina is right down the road Laura was fantastic and accommodating!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
6 Kilometres
Firenze Peretola (Pisa 85 kms)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Chalet Fontana walking distance
Nearest Ferry
129 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Circolo Golf Ugolino
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Firenze - Santa Maria Novella
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
A1 - exit Firenze Impruneta (ex Certosa)
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Chalet Fontana walking distance
Nearest Ski
97 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
112 Kilometres
Forte dei Marmi
Car: not necessary

The Apartment, 1400m from Old Brige, is located in a beautiful Villa in Via San Leonardo, historic lane connecting the Astronomical Observatory G.Galilei on the hill of Arcetri with Forte Belvedere and Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge).The Villa ,an ancient hay-loft, was renovated by owner and it is surrounded by a garden with vines, wisteria pergolas, laurel hedges and cypress trees.

Via San Leonardo is a narrow road through antique buildings, olive groves and gardens in the protected and silent area landscape, with few inhabitants – villas and farmhouses converted into artists’ studios, that takes about twenty minutes to walk to the Old Bridge. Walking towards the Old Bridge: Chalet Fontana, historic meeting place of writers and artists, the house of Tchaikovskij, the famous painter Ottone Rosai's studio, the Church of San Leonardo in Arcetri of XI century and passing close by Forte Belvedere of XVI century.

From Forte Belvedere a gate leads into Boboli Garden and Pitti Palace, but if you go through the door of old walls, you find Bardini Museum of Macchiaioli, Galileo's home and Ponte Vecchio.

Piazzale Michelangelo is a walking distance with its marvellous view of Firenze


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $3.55 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

- Prices refer to 1 full week reservation for two persons.
A 3 nights reservation only will be considered
Long Term Rental are welcome.
The charge for the added person in the living room is 150 € for week
-Prices include: accommodation for 2 persons, a welcome basket for your breakfast, electricity, water and gas for the kitchen and bathroom need. Bed linen, towels will be replaced every week.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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