|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
two bedrooms apartment in an antique quiet building.
1 bedroom with a king size bed (cm.160X200) which can be divided into two twins.
Full bathroom en suite.
2nd. bedroom: queen size bed (cm.150X200)
2nd full bathroom.
Fully equipped kitchen.
Internet wifi, A/C, heating, Sat, dish washer, washing machine, American cofee maker, Microwave, free Italian Mobile.
I can arrange within home cooking class and day trip to Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti.
If you need more bedrooms or have a larger group (max 11 people), please see my adjoining apartment at VRBO Property number 165586.
Something from the guest book, something about a cooking class and something about a Chianti tour with wine and oil tasting.
from the guest book:
We have lived in five different apartments in Florence over the last six years, and “Pinti 1” is easily our favorite; we lived there for over three months last year. It is beautifully and comfortably furnished, it’s stylish, and it clearly shows the love and care of its owner, Mrs. Claudia Morace. Borgo Pinti is a quiet, mostly pedestrian street. It’s off the “tourist track,” yet within easy walking distance to the historic center of the city. San Ambrogio market, the best market in Florence, is about seven minutes down the street. The apartment is on the top floor of a quiet building, up manageable flights of stairs. It has two floors: the top floor contains the master bedroom and bathroom and a small, quiet alcove for reading or other pursuits. The main floor contains the kitchen, dining area, living room, large bathroom, and guest room. Morning sunlight pours through the large living room window. There is a big dining room table – we seated eight for Thanksgiving dinner – and an abundance of dishes and pots and pans. The apartment is supplied with many quality bed linens and towels; there are three televisions, one in each of the bedrooms and one in the living room, and there’s a good desk where one can work at the computer; the apartment is wired for the internet. Easily our greatest surprise was that the apartment has screens, a luxury in Florence where mosquitoes seem to thrive year-round. A wonderful domestic, Marta, seems to know everything about the apartment, and if she can’t answer your questions, Mrs. Morace is only too happy to help. Speaking of Mrs. Morace, we have never met a more pleasant and accommodating landlady; the instant we met her we were struck by her warmth and friendship. We never felt that our relationship was “strictly business.” She and her beautiful apartment remain one of our happiest memories of Florence – where we hope to return very soon.
John and Susan Rogers
325 Meadows Road
You are invited to discover your own exceptional private oasis right in the center of Florence. After an exciting and fun filled day of sightseeing, shopping, museums and theatre you can escape from the fast pace and find peace and quiet...just steps away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
You'll start to relax when you enter your apartment, Have a glass of good wine or a cup of coffee.
This tranquil sanctuary is on an old street, partially closed to the traffic, with easy access to just about all you want to see and do.
Take an easy walk to Mercato di S. Ambrogio (2 minutes), to Duomo (5 minutes), to S.Croce (3 minutes)and to other famous
sights and monuments.
The two flats are delightful, wander inside to enjoy the charm of exposed brick walls, plank floors and original oil paintings.
The Relais is located on the Borgo Pinti, an enchanted street of shops,stores, and lovely restaurants, and home to artisans and artists.
The two flats have been recently restored to a very high standard and represent the opportunity to enjoy luxury living in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Pinti 1 and Pinti 2 are on the top floor (second European floor)above the noise and traffic of the street
There is no elevator, but the climb is worth it. The steps bring you to a beautiful sunlit entrance to the flats.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Insider Tips: VRBO in Florence, Italy
Panorama of Florence, Italy, taken from the Piazza de Michelangelo.
This travel tip comes from my friend Shelley in San Diego, California, who stayed in a three-bedroom apartment - a 'dream in the heart of Florence' - in December. When she told me how perfect it was for her family, I couldn't resist sharing her comments with you. I love that it's in an upscale area and close to good neighborhood restaurants. It sounds like a great deal and someplace you might want to consider for the next time you travel to Italy.
Vacation rentals are great for authentic travelers who want to connect with the community and the local culture. In my opinion they are better than hotel accommodations for 3G (three-generation) family vacations.
'We had the pleasure of staying in Claudia's beautiful apartment while visiting our daughter who is studying in Florence. We arrived on Christmas day, which we expected to be less than convenient, but Claudia was gracious enough to let our daughter store some food in the kitchen and provide her with a key in advance so that we did not need to disturb anybody's holiday with our arrival. Additionally, the kitchen was stocked with water, juice, coffee, a fresh fruit basket, and wonderful olive oil that Claudia bottles herself. The apartment was spacious enough for the 4 of us to not feel crowded. It was well furnished, with comfortable beds and linens. WiFi, heat, and hot water were all in excellent working order. We were even able to comfortably prepare meals in the kitchen. The location was fabulous...convenient walking distance to everything in Florence, and a true upscale residential neighborhood. Neighborhood restaurants and shops were all very nice. We look forward to staying at Borgo Pinti again on our next visit to Florence.'
Duomo Vacation Rental - VRBO 165586, 3 bedroom apartment in Florence, Italy
Posted by Elizabeth Hansen at 5:28 PM
WITHIN HOME COOKING CLASS:
Here are some informations about how a cooking class usually works: I arrive at 8:30 am to go shopping together at the fresh food market in S. Ambrogio (the market is open only in the morning), then we go immediately back to the apartment to cook for lunch. The cooking class last untill 12:30 - 1:00 pm. The cost of the cooking class is 250 euros (in total and not for each person) and at the market you buy the ingredients we need.
Usually the menu consists in three different dishes: an appetizer; a main course and a dessert.
I can suggest a typical Tuscan menu such as: Crostini di fegatini (crostini with chicken liver paté); Crespelle alla fiorentina (Spinach and Ricotta filled crepes); Tiramisù
Keywords:5 stars Apartment, great hospitality, elegant, luxury and comfortable furnished, fully equipped, modern kitchen.
My name is Claudia Morace. I am 70 years old, I have a daughter, she is a pianist and two sons lawyers as my husband was.I have also eight grandchildren.
I love taking personally care of my house and of my apartments in Florence.
I love flowers, nature, people and life.
claudia Morace purchased this apartment in 2002
I had to sell a wonderful family property dated 1880 in Austria.
Just to try to save money for my children, I decided to buy a small apartment in Florence and to make it a very special place where to stay.
I think than better than me, some comments from the guest book, can describe the apartments.
Sorry this has taken me so long to write. My testimonial is below
My husband and I were very fortunate to find Claudia's apartment on Borgo Pinti. The apartment is centrally located in the historic area and is walking distance from everything. We were pleasantly surprised by its accommodating size and design. The two bedrooms are both comfortable and well appointed. The kitchen is fully equipped and welcoming. The apartment has all necessary amenities including wifi and air conditioning which can be hard to find in the historic district.
Claudia did everything possible to make our stay enjoyable, including leaving us with a bowl full of fresh figs and almonds and pressed olive oil from her farm. I would highly recommend this lovely apartment and its even more charming owner.
My husband and I had the privilege of staying in this adorable apartment along the streets of Florence. Claudia was the perfect hostess and greeted us with wine, oil, fruits and vegetables from her gardens, milk, water and fresh linens.
The apartment is beautifully furnished and houses a dish washer, washing machine, two bedrooms, two baths, an apartment mobile, safe and many other amenities. The apartment is also stocked well with all utensils, plates, glasses, microwave, stove; all you would need and expect in an apartment.
We were located close to the major sights of the city as well as local markets and authentic Italian life steps away. There is a small library containing books and leaflets on Florence and surrounding areas worth checking out!
Claudia was most helpful prior to our arrival as well as during our stay with assistance of train ticket purchases and taxi cab calls. She was knowledgeable and helped us plan many of our day trips to other areas. I suggest working with her if you have any doubts.
Absolutely worth the stay. Clean, comfortable, and accommodating to your needs!
Thank you, Claudia!
Literally Claudia has meticulously created the perfect home away from home! I've traveled extensively so my bar is high but this amazing apartment exceeded all of my expectations and more! I lived and worked from here for a month so I can confidently tell you what a relaxing relief it was to live in an apartment filled with character, lots of refreshing light, and tastefully furnished with sentimental pieces that brought additional warmth and coziness. The beds are extremely comfortable and the linens are of the highest hotel quality. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need, the bathrooms are beautiful and modern, the air-conditioning is quiet and having a washing machine is an added bonus.
The apartment is located right in the heart of the historic district minutes from the Duomo, yet on a quiet street. There's excellent restaurants, Piazza's, fresh markets, coffee cafe's and a pharmacy only steps away. Claudia has everything listed out for you on restaurants, museums, markets, taxis, wine, etc... plus there is an entire bookshelf of Florence and Italy guide books left from past guests. The apartment is in a secured door lock building that is very safe and although it is a walk up, the stairs are wide and well lit even at night.
Lastly, Claudia's warm generosity as a host to ensure your stay is exactly what you need is the personal touch that will smoothly elevate your stay. She will respectfully make sure you are very comfortable and happy. The only problem with this apartment is having to leave! I guarantee you will want to come back. I definitely will!
Our family of 5 fit perfectly in this lovely apartment. The location was so great for walking to all attractions and was just steps from delicious restaurants and shopping. Claudia provided everything we needed and even left two bottles of her own olive oil! Ketty met us the day of our arrival and was so helpful in giving us tips and making sure we were all set and comfortable. They were so accommodating with our early arrival as well. We had an amazing time in Florence and would stay here the next time we visit for sure!
We had two couples staying in this adorable apartment in a very central location in Florence. The apartment was beautiful, well-equipped, and comfortable. Claudia was amazing! There was a welcome treat for us, she explained everything, had a local phone, ordered us a cab for our departure, and was unbelievably helpful when we had a mishap with lost belongings. We could walk wherever we wanted to go- to the Piazza del Duomo, Palazza Vechio/Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and more. There was a bar (for coffee) right across the road, restaurants near by, a little market, and many shops. We enjoyed leaning out the window to watch normal italian life in the streets. It was not a touristy location, but was close to everything.
We had a wonderful experience staying in Claudia's apartment. The space was plenty large enough for 2 couples and it was very well equipped with travel essentials (washing machine, iron, towels, linens, coffee maker, dishes, WiFi, etc.). We prepared a full dinner in the apartment, and again found all the necessary kitchen equipment and tools. Perhaps the biggest plus for this property is the location. Apart from taking a taxi to the train station (because of all our luggage), we were able to walk everywhere. Major attractions, restaurants, mini-market, coffee bar, shopping, outdoor fresh market...all were available within a 5-10 minute walk, and some literally across the street. The apartment is on the top floor of the building, and requires a lengthy hike up...I think we counted 50 steps. There is no elevator, so be prepared.
Dealing with Claudia and her assistant Ketty was a pleasure. E-mail responses were prompt, and they had a ton of great advice and recommendations to make. For example, Claudia alerted me that Borgo Pinti is in the Restricted Traffic Zone. If you are arriving by car rental, I would suggest doing the drop off at the airport and then a taxi. If you are considering a cooking class, look no further. Claudia's friend Barbara is a very qualified cooking instructor and chef. We enjoyed a private class right in the apartment! Barbara first walked us to the market for fresh ingredients and then we prepared a full dinner of our choice.
All in all, we can highly recommend this apartment
We were absolutely thrilled with the accommodations that Claudia provided. Her apartment was even better than all the reviews we had read before coming. Claudia was so unbelievably helpful to me before our family even arrived in Italy. She provided names and numbers for reliable car services, tour guides, people to come and prepare a full on Italian meal in the apartment. Claudia is a wealth of knowledge and so happy to share any information you need. It was comforting receiving all of this helpful information before even arriving in Italy. We arrived a little later than planned so Claudia had Ketty meet us at the apartment. We appreciated how accommodating Claudia was for our later arrival. Ketty was so kind and hospitable to us. Once we arrived we were blown away by all the extra goodies that Claudia had provided for our family in her apartment. There was juice, water, milk and coffee in the refrigerator. The sweet aroma of the beautiful flowers was such a nice and welcoming touch. The centerpiece in the kitchen with those gorgeous tomatoes, string beans, radishes and herbs along with her own home made olive oil are all still fresh in my mind. We traveled to many other places in Italy and never had such a kind welcoming like Claudia gave us. The apartment was sparkling clean and very comfortable for our family of four. The location was just perfect with phenomenal restaurants and amazing sites right down the street. I would recommend this apartment to anyone staying in Florence. There is not a doubt that when we return to Florence that we will be staying here again. Our many thanks to Claudia and Ketty for everything!
it is possible to arrange special wine tasting tours
Oil tasting, walking tour, within home cooking class, transfer.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$393|
|A/C/Heat only if used||$112|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.