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Luxury Apartment on the Arno in the Center of Florence

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

In the heart of Renaissance Florence, this large, elegant apartment overlooks the Arno 100 meters downstream from the Grand Hotel. The Duomo, Uffizi, and all the other museums and art-filled churches are 10 minutes away by foot, if you don't stop to window-shop along the way. The flat is on the second floor (American style) of a 19th century palazzo, built in the classic Florentine style. There is an elevator. The view, from the living room, dining room, and study, includes the Arno and the 'Oltrarno' section of the city, with Brunelleschi's Santo Spirito and the Pitti Palace, and beyond are the Belvedere Fortress and the Bellosguardo hill, with villas visited by Dante and Boccaccio and olive groves, vineyards, and 600-year old cypresses.

If you look out the windows to your left, you see the palaces lining the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio. In the midst of this intense little city, the apartment provides an oasis of spacious calm, the ideal refuge from visiting museums and shopping.

The apartment has a large living room (24 feet by 16 feet), a dining room that sits 10 adults, and an elegant study with beautiful views in two directions.

The master bedroom is 17 feet by 16 feet, with a queen-size bed, and has a large master bathroom en-suite (17 feet by 7 feet), with a bathtub and a large, separate stall shower. A smaller bedroom also has a queen-sized bed and a small bathroom with large shower en-suite.There is a third bedroom, with a single bed, off of the master bedroom. In addition, in the study, there is a brand-new, high-quality day bed and trundle, which can be made up as a single bed, as two single beds, or as a king-sized bed.

One of the joys of the apartment is a large (500 square foot), covered terrace, in the back of the apartment, well-furnished for enjoying cocktails or a meal, or just for hanging out on a lazy day.

Located on the Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, in one of the most elegant neighborhoods of central Florence, the apartment is within a few minutes walking distance of all that Florence has to offer - art, history, culture, and world famous shops and celebrated restaurants. The new Opera di Firenze is a 15 minute walk. The main city park, the Cascine, with tennis courts and swimming pools, is a 10-minute walk away.

Just behind the flat is the Borg'Ognissanti, one of the most elegant shopping streets in Florence, with stores selling antiques, jewelry, leather, linen, groceries, pastries, plus Botticelli's parish church. Gucci, Pucci, Ferragamo, Valentino, Prada, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Buccellati, Frette, etc., are all within easy walking distance - as are many wonderful shops that aren't world famous - yet.

Many of Florence's most celebrated restaurants are in the neighborhood, but if you want to cook in the flat's up-to-date kitchen, there also are superb butchers, bakers, fruit and vegetable vendors, a fish-monger, etc. The main city food market is at San Lorenzo, which is 10 minutes away by foot, and there is also an excellent modern supermarket 15 minutes away by foot. If you want to explore Tuscany, the main Florence railroad station is a 10-minute walk away. The main bus station is just before the railroad station.

Keywords: Luxury apartment on the Arno

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 2, 2017

Why The Owner chose Historic Center

This apartment has been in the family since just after World War II. It is our home in Europe, and we love it dearly. We frequently spend up to two or three months a year here, and hope to make it our full-time home when my wife retires in a couple of years.

What makes this apartment unique

The thing that makes this apartment truly special is its location. All of the wonderful things that Florence has to offer - art, music, shopping, food, wine, and so on - are at the very doorstep. But the apartment is a total escape from the hurly-burly of this intense little city. With its spactious rooms and terrace, and its breathtaking views over the Arno, it really provides a warm and tranquil oasis.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Luxury Apartment on the Arno in the Center of Florence
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Spacious and family friendly!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was perfect for our family of 7 vacation. My husband and I, along with our 3 children and his parents enjoyed both the sights and experience of Florence from George's well-loved apartment. The apartment is spacious and well appointed and within walking distance of all the historical, art and shopping destinations, while also being just far enough away to experience life as a local (and some peace and quiet at night). George has a binder with extensive notes for everything imaginable -- his favorite sights, neighborhood restaurants, local bakery with the most amazing flat bread and sandwiches, excursions, etc. It really exceeded all of our expectations. I highly recommend this apartment!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Vacation Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this apartment for our honeymoon in Firenze and we had a marvelous time! The apartment is well-maintained, elegantly decorated, and comfortable. And the location is perfect. We could easily walk to the Duomo, the Uffizzi and the Ponte Vecchio. The views from the apartment looking onto the Arno are beautiful. We had all the comforts of home - AC, a washing machine, dishwasher, and a huge master bathroom! The owners are art enthusiasts who have taken great pride in their home. We were amidst great shopping, restaurants and markets. This place was truly a gem. If you're looking for a quiet and private alternative to a hotel, we definitely recommend this apartment. If you want to try authentic restaurants that are a bit off the beaten path, the owners provide excellent recommendations as well. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Great Place to stay with lots of room - Not very wheelchair accessible

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 8 nights and had a wonderful time. This apartment is very large by European standards and is within walking distance of the rail station (7 min) the Duomo (12 min), Academia Museum (20 min). Mr. Lesser was wonderful and provided lots of helpful information about not only the apartment and how everything worked, but also about good local restaurants, gelato stores, etc. I walk with forearm crutches and use a small electric scooter to go longer distances. The building and elevator are not accessible for wheelchairs unless you have someone that can carrier it up the step at the front of the building and fold it up to get it on the elevator (which is verrrry narrow). My son and daughter were very helpful in this regard and we made it work. Computer and internet service was great, the place is quiet except for the occasional ambulance that drives by, and beds were quite comfortable. Except for the wheelchair access, we would certainly come back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry the elevator was not big enough for your "scooter". We have had a number of guests with scooters and wheelchairs stay in the apartment with no such problem. Please see the comment below from Ed and Deborah, who said, "The apartment was perfect and wheelchair friendly for Ed."
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Souderton, PA

Our Stay in Florence

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. Staying in an apartment is much more comfortable and relaxing than a hotel; especially one as elegant and original as yours. The apartment is in a perfect location to the many sites and museums, only a 10 to 20 minute walk. We loved the beautiful views of the Arno and the city from the apartment. Craig and I don't know which we like best, your home in Florence or your home in Cape May.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely apartment with grand views and ideal location

  • 5 of 5

Many thanks for allowing us to stay in your Florence apartment over the Christmas holiday. We very much appreciate all the instructions, guidance and amenities of staying in such a lovely apartment! There isn't a thing we would recommend changing. The apartment is such a perfect representation of our time visiting beautiful, gracious and romantic Florence.

The kitchen was the gathering spot, and had all the equipment to allow us to fix a traditional Christmas Eve dinner for seven in style. The apartment's comfortable and spacious rooms allowed our family to group out to watch movies in the living room (our kids enjoyed "The Motorcycle Diaries" again!), play cards at the dining room table, and chat in the study over tea -- everything we would do if we celebrated Christmas at home.

The location is ideal for those traveling with or without cars. We looked forward to coming back to the apartment each day. It served as a perfect holiday destination. Many thanks!!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such an enthusiastic review. George Lesser
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  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful apartment~! It was so clean, traditional and roomy. The outside patio is a treat and a delightful way to spend any meal or a good book. If you are going to book this flat, you should book a few extra days because you will want to lengthen your stay. Kids had room and freedom to roam and enjoy. Highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Aeroporto di Firenze ('FLR'), 'Peretola'
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Bar Piccioli
Nearest Golf
8.6 Kilometres
Golf Club Ugolino
Nearest Train
500 Metres
'Firenze SMN'
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Autostrade A-1
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Il Profeta (Not Recommended)
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Lizzano in Belvedere/Corno alle Scale
Nearest Beach
109 Kilometres
Forte dei Marmi
Car: not necessary

Tennis and swimming are available in the Cascine Park, which is 10 minutes away by foot. There is a gym about five minutes away by foot. People catch fish in the Arno just in front of the apartment. Just behind the apartment is an elegant shopping street, and all the famous Florentine shops are within a few minutes walking distance. The neighborhood has superb restaurants, food shops, bakeries, etc. The municipal theatre - the site of the Maggio Musicale festival - is a two-minute walk away. All the major museums and art-filled churches are within easy walking distance, as are the train station and the inter-city bus station.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $534

For each person in a party larger than five, there is a supplemental charge of 300 euros per person per week, or 50 euros per person per night.

One half the rent is due at time of booking. Remaining half of the rent and the damage deposit are due 60 days prior to occupancy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Santa Maria Novella Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Hall Bath - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Large shower stall
    Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , Large bathtub, large separate shower stall
  • The Master Bath is 17 feet long and 7 feet wide, with a large bathtub and a large, separate stall shower. The second bathroom is small, but it has a large, stall shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Bathroom ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Bathroom ensuite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Entrances off of Master Bedroom and Terrace
    Study - 2 twin/ single , Day-bed and trundle,- for use as 1 or 2 singles, or 1 king
  • Queen-size beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), A high-quality day-bed can be made up as one or two single beds, or as a king bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • swimming
  • tennis
Air Conditioning and heating controlled by the tenant; satellite TV with DVD player; computer with DSL internet connection; fully equipped kitchen with microwave, Nespresso espresso machine, "American-style" electric drip coffee maker, dishwasher, etc.; washing machine, large, covered terrace in the rear of the apartment. There are also hundreds of books, including a varied collection of guide books to Florence, other places in Italy, and much of Europe.

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