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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 110 sqm with garden and terrace .It is possible to rent only a suite for two people.

It consists of 2 apartments 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

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-restourant Omero, serving tipical tastefull tuscany food.

More Details

Property Manager
Laura Martelli
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

Why Laura Martelli chose Florence

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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

The Perfect Florentine Retreat, walking distance from The Old Bridge, Garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Wonderful hosts, beautiful apartment

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in the Garden apartment. It was perfect for two. We had a warm welcome even though we were about 6 hours later than anticipated. Parking inside the gate was perfect, but be warned that if you have a larger car (we rented a KIA Sportage) it is a tight fit! We got a lovely welcome basket with wine, fruit, breakfast food and coffee. Bed was comfortable, bathroom was modern and complaints! Everything was as promised and the walk to Ponte Vecchio was about 15-20 minutes. Would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Our first impressions were great and they lasted

  • 5 of 5

It was fantastic . We absolutely loved the apartment and Laura and her family were so helpful. They went out of their way for us. A lovely family. The apartment is a beautiful space filled with beautiful antique pieces and the balcony is very private and a great place to rest after a long day of walking around Florence. There is a little kitchen where we made cooked breakfast daily and dinner a couple of nights. There is a fantastic restaurant on the corner and you can walk to the Ponte de Vecchio a couple of different ways in 15 - 20 minutes. It is a great place to stay and we will be going back.

Thank you so much Laura and your lovely family

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful retreat with lots of character

  • 5 of 5

We came to Florence as part of our silver wedding anniversary celebration, and I cannot recommend Laura's apartment highly enough. It has the feel of a cosy country house with ample character and thoughtfully and tastefully decorated, with lovely rugs, terracotta tiled floor and beautiful old furniture. We absolutely loved the large French doors opening out to the pretty private garden area, surrounded by grapevine. The centre of Florence is a pleasant short walk away (around 20 mins). I believe there are also buses- but the walk is so nice!

We were met by Laura's daughter Lucia who is a lovely person and very helpful in recommending places to visit in Florence, and even took the time to talk to us about the next part of our trip to Tuscany and had some suggestions for what we could do there! Loved every minute of our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming place in the best part of Florence

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 nights in Laura´s apartment in Via San Leonardo and we were very satisfied. The place is wonderful – very quiet, elegant with a beautiful garden. We stayed at the ground-floor garden apartment, which was very comfortable also for 3 adults - well equipped, clean, nicely decorated and very calm.

Florence is a beautiful city, but with all the hustle and bustle and the swarm of tourists could be sometimes very tiring. We always appreciated this peaceful place after couple of hours in the city and we enjoyed sitting in the garden and having lunch during our midday breaks. It was very relaxing.

The apartment is located uphill from the centre. It is close to Piazzale Michelangelo and San Miniato al Monte, which offer majestic views over the city. Reaching the centre is also very easy. You can walk down and reach Ponte Vecchio in about 15-20 minutes by foot or take a bus which is about 2 minutes from the house.

This place is really very charming and Laura is a lovely person – very welcoming and careful. She greeted us with refreshment and also filled the fridge with enough breakfast food for the entire stay. The house is easily reachable from the highway and also very good located if you want to make some trips outside Florence. Laura offers private parking in the garden – this is a big bonus in Florence!

So in summary, this apartment is a perfect place in a fantastic location, with a warm and very lovely landlady Laura. We really enjoyed our stay and we would definitely recommend it to our friends. Thank you, dear Laura, we hope to come back soon!

Tanti saluti da Praga!


  • Submitted: May 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Quiet, clean, serene retreat; pleasant walk to Old Florence

  • 5 of 5

[Mi dispiace, Laura, for this late review--I should have placed this review much earlier! Mille grazie!] With or without a car, Laura Martelli's two apartments are excellent places to stay while visiting Florence. The location is excellent, with an easy walk into historic Florence and its awesome testament to the Renaissance. The setting for the property is along a walled street. Within the property's walls, one may park a car safely. The property is graced by nice gardens and surrounded by similarly graceful properties. The ground-floor apartment in which I stayed for three nights is clean, comfortable, well-equipped, and a beautiful example of native Florentine design with its fine oak appointments and exposed ceiling beams. Laura herself was a thoughtful host; even providing me with a meal when I arrived tired and late, having driven from Rome after stopping in Umbertide, on a rainy November night. Also, her directions for locating the apartment and for leaving Florence were excellent. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, Thank you so much for you kind and generous review about my home and me. I am very grateful and hope to welcome you with the whole family. Best regards Laura
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Adorable quiet apartment away from city center

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Laura's guest house in the fall. The weather was still very nice except for a sudden rain and lightening storm on one night.

The apartment is attached to a main house, but you wouldn't know it. It has a private entrance away from the main entrance. The apartment was spotless and beautifully decorated.

Laura was very accommodating. She was leaving in the afternoon for the weekend and because we drove from France we got caught in a wicked storm in Genoa that caused a several hour delay, and she waited for us, ruining her plans.

The property is very secure, being walled and gated. We had a car that Laura let us park in her garage.

Upon our arrival she was there to greet us with wine and a big bowl of fresh fruit.

The property is located uphill from the city in a magnificent neighborhood of old homes and Villas.

It was an easy walk to city center, however on one night when we were loaded down with shopping bags we took a cab that was very reasonable.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Shelley and George, thank you veru much of your wanderfurl review about your stay in my house.You say a lot of nice things on me. But its true, perhaps you are too generous, I am very grateful. I remember the days with you in Florence, your Vashon Island near Seattle and your splendid Pacific ocean. I will be happy to see again in Firenze, and if you like to return to florentine retreat you will have a treatment reserved to friends. I enbrace you with affection and sympathy and I wish you happiness and health. Best regards Laura
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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

Centro Storico (Quartiere 1) Apartment Rental Rates

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High Season 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Nov 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $49 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $2.72 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.

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