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A Few Steps From Duomo, Bright and Quiet Apartment With Wifi and AC

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

1Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

Principio is on Via dell’Alloro, a quiet street 300 meters from the Duomo, where Giotto used to live! It’s on the first floor of a classic Florentine building, with only 20 steps of a wide and easy ladder to go up.

It can host up to four people: two in a queen-size bed in the bedroom and two in a comfortable sofa-bed in the living room. Principio has been totally refurbished in July 2016 and is equipped with all the necessary conveniences. Everything is brand new.

- In the kitchen/living-room: dishwasher, microwave with grill, coffeemaker, kettle, induction stove and induction cookware, toaster, Italian coffee machine, bluetooth Speakers with embedded radio to connect your Smartphone/Tablet and play your favorite music.

- In the bathroom: a spacious shower for two people, towels, hairdryer.

- In the utility room: washing machine, clothes dryer, iron and board. There are many laundromats in the center of Florence, too.

Principio is provided with high speed WiFi connection reachable from all the rooms in the apartment.

You can find maps of the city and brochures of museums and entertainment places.

It is a non-smoking apartment.

Via dell’Alloro is a quiet street in the heart of Florence, just a few steps from Piazza del Duomo and walking distance from Santa Maria Novella Train Station. It is the perfect base for a day trip to Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Bologna. Even Rome, Venice and Milan are just a couple of hours away thanks to the high speed train that stops in Santa Maria Novella Train Station.

Within walking distance from the apartment you can find all the major sites and piazzas: the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, Giotto’s campanile (bell tower), Piazza della Signoria, Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazza Santa Croce, San Lorenzo Market, and others. You can visit magnificent shops (the Richard Ginori shop, a porcelain brand renowned all over the world, is just two steps from home) and walk the very same streets as the most important Renaissance artists: Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo… Giotto himself lived on Via dell’Alloro as we said!

And don’t pass up a visit to the church of San Miniato al Monte and the breathtaking views from Piazzale Michelangelo! You can begin your “climb” at Piazza Ferrucci

Nearby Principio you can find plenty of food stores, gelaterias, bakeries, and other shops where you can buy all the delicacies you need for a delicious dinner at home. Or if you prefer, you can take a stroll to one of the many typical Tuscan or international restaurants nearby. Plus, there are so many terrace bars with a view where you can grab a cocktail before dinner that you won’t know which one to choose... you will love them all and we'll be happy to show them to you at your arrival!

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Santa Maria Novella Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Late check-in (after 7 p.m) is charged €30 - Late check-in must be agreed in advance with the owner.
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • bathroom is well designed and features a spacious shower for two people, towels and hairdryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • 1 bedroom with a comfortable queen size bed. Soft mattress and ergonomic wooden slat frame. Cotton linens are provided. The unit offers a cozy queen-sized sofa-bed in the living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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A Few Steps From Duomo, Bright and Quiet Apartment With Wifi and AC
average rating of 5.0 based on 46 reviews

Lovely Apartment

  • 5 of 5

Lucia was a pleasure to deal with. The apartment is within easy walking distance of the center of the historic district. It was clean, modern and exceeded our expectations.

We could not have asked for more.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything was just right for our stay in Florence

  • 5 of 5

There's nothing negative to say about this condo. It was great for my boyfriend and I who were visiting Florence for 5 days. I would say the highlights were the location (right near the Duomo, walkable to anything), the bed was super comfortable (which is a high priority of ours), and Lucia was very friendly and helpful. She left a large bottle of water and a bottle of wine for us to enjoy. We used the binder provided to check out suggested restaurants, as it supplied a list of smaller, non-tourist places to go. The bathroom is modern with a very large shower.

We did not use the kitchen or living room much, as we were either out or sleeping. The washer and dryer were very convenient, we came from other spots in Europe where we couldn't do laundry.

Overall, highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Allison for the detailed review! Very glad you enjoied the apartment and your stay Take care ciao, Lucia
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Loved it!! It could not have been more cozy and convenient!!

  • 5 of 5

Stay here!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: : ) Thanks Andrea, I hope to host you again! Lucia
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Very comfortable and clean

  • 5 of 5

Lucia keeps a beautiful property that is bright, clean, and comfortable with modern amenities - right down to the USB ports on each side of the bed. Despite the age of the location (everything is old in Florence!), the apartment felt like new. The building is secure and appears to be inhabited by young families. And, of course, the location is very convenient to everything you'll want to see in Florence. Molto bella!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your retail review Rob, very glad you appreciated everything, and you have learned some Italian words!
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Spacious Florence Apartment

  • 5 of 5

Apartment was amazingly spacious for a city apartment and in a perfect location for all the Florence sightseeing. Apartment was clean and neat and well stocked for those who like to cook in. Lucia greeted us upon arrival and answered all of our questions. She offered her thoughts on places to visit and eat and we took advantage of them. Would highly recommend this apartment to anyone going to visit Florence. Bob V.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bob! So glad you liked the apartment and so happy to read your words : ) Greetings to Jan, Lucia
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Absolutely amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location and beautiful apartment! Lucia and Walter were wonderful hosts and greeted us after a long day of travel with a bottle of wine. Very accommodating and we had lovely conversation with them.

The apartment was recently updated and you can tell. Had all the essentials we needed and in an absolutely perfect area to walk to all the sites. We loved that it had a washer and dryer! Very hard to find in Italy and greatly appreciated after a week of travel. We hope to be able to visit again!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Kathleen for your words, you are really welcome back and I hope to visit you and your property in California! Lucia
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Lucia Poggiali
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Lucia Poggiali

A bit photographer, a bit creative art craft host for primary school children, much mummy, and full time host for Principio Apartment. I love to take care of our guests by showing them Florence's particular locations frequented by Florentine. To be present at their arrival and departure, to host people from every part of the world is for me a big pleasure. My greatest satisfactions is to see them leaving Florence fully satisfied and wishful to come again.

Lucia Poggiali purchased this apartment in 2016

Why Lucia Poggiali chose Santa Maria Novella

We traveled a lot (and still do!), for business reasons and for leisure, and we really like to get in touch with people coming from other cultures. That's how we came out with the idea of buying Principio apartment. "Principio" means "beginning", and we hope that it will be the beginning of your wonderful stay here in Italy.

What makes this apartment unique

Principio is in the perfect location both for visiting Florence and for travelling around Italy. Via dell'Alloro is a very quiet street and you will find at the first floor (only 20 steps) of n°6 a really lovely apartment with all the amenities, furnished with the typical Italian taste


Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Peretola Airport
Nearest Train
550 Metres
Santa Maria Novella Train Station
Nearest Ski
92 Kilometres
Abetone Sky Area
Nearest Beach
110 Kilometres
Forte dei Marmi beach
Car: not necessary

Principio apartment is located in the heart of Florence, a perfect starting point to experience all historical attractions within walking distance.

Exact adress is via dell'Alloro n. 6: it will be a big plus to have the Duomo a few steps down the street and get to Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria, Santa Croce in a while ! Restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, leather goods stores, markets and especially the old Central Market are nearby.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $184.43
Flat Cleaning Fee $73.77

CHECK-IN is from 2pm to 7pm - Late check-in charge €30 - Late check-in must be agreed in advance with the owner. CHECK-OUT time is at 10am

ELECTRICITY COST: we apply a flat electricity fee of € 9,00 per night stay
FLORENCE CITY TAX: at check in we collect the city tax which is € 3,00 euros per day, per guest. This is the requirement for all hotels and rentals and should be paid at the check in. This must be calculated only for the for the first 7 consecutive days, excluding children under 12 years.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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