1 bedroom apartment to sleep 4 in Central Florence near Duomo
The apartment, (55 square meter - 592 square feet ) is situated in the historical centre of Florence. It is located at the 4th floor (without elevator). From the balcony and the roof terrace you will enjoy a wonderful view over Florence and its monuments. From the living room five stairs take you on the lovely roof terrace with the view of Duomo, Campanile di Giotto, Battistero, San Lorenzo church (Medici Chapel) and the hills around Florence. The apartment has a living/dining room, a bedroom, a fully equiped kitchen, large enough for you to self-cater (seats 4) and a modern bathroom with shower. The apartment has parquet floors, air conditioning and heating, wi fi internet access, coffee, espresso, tea. There are many travel guides in the unit for easy reference. All main museums and monuments of Florence can be visited within walking distance. It has a lot of light and fresh air, and the views are spectacular. Even the shower has a window with a view! Most of the major attractions are easily reachable within walking distance (Duomo, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Galleria dell’Accademia). The stairs (73) are a bit of a challenge, but think of them as your private gym...
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
About Giovanni Paxia
I have been dealing with management activities for many years in companies operating in consulting and design services for cultural and educational Private and Public Companies.
I worked with several companies and organizations for the design and delivery of classroom modules in organizational behavior
Giovanni Paxia purchased this apartment in 2010
Why Giovanni Paxia chose Florence Historic Centre
First time I saw this property, I realized it was the perfect place for everybody wants to spend some days in Florence. The apartment is bright, calm and close to everything.
What makes this apartment unique
It's quite unique to find in Florence an apartment with a balcony and a terrace where you can enjoy a view of Cathedral S. Maria del Fiore, the bell tower of Giotto and the Baptystery and the church of San Lorenzo.
(121 traveller reviews)
Second Flawless Visit
This was our second stay at this wonderful apartment and again we could not have asked for more. We had arranged for nine nights but ended up spending eleven because of Air France - but Giovanni was so responsive and helpful in arranging/rearranging the taxi and allowing us to extend our stay in his apartment. It was wonderful, can't think anywhere I would rather stay in Florence. Right on one of the main streets off the Duomo but only foot traffic. Surrounded by great restaurants, gelato shops, grocery store, you could literally never leave your street and have a wonderful Italian vacation. We will be longing to return not only to Italy but to this perfect apartment in Florence. Thank you Giovanni for helping make such a wonderful vacation.
Perfect, Perfect, Perfect!
Ottimo, un salto (in senso figurato) e sei sulla cupola del Duomo. Non abbiamo potuto sfruttare al meglio le due terrazze, era il periodo più freddo dell'anno, ma nonostante ciò, facendo capolino, non abbiamo rinunciato alla vista mozzafiato. L'appartamento è ben pulito, tenuto bene e attrezzatissimo. Costantemente riscaldato non abbiamo sofferto il freddo in nessun giorno della nostra permanenza. Le scale? Salire le scale fa bene alla salute e quindi abbiamo unito l'utile al salutare. Grazie ai preziosi consigli del signor Giovanni siamo riusciti a sopperire ad ogni nostra piccola defaillance. Sicuramente, quando torneremo a Firenze, fisseremo le date del nostro soggiorno in base alla disponibilità dell'appartamento. Grazie ancora signor Giovanni e, sicuramente, a presto.
Such a charming apartment!
My husband and I stayed here for the weekend. It was a perfect location. The stairs did give us a good workout, but overall were not that bad. Giovanni was a perfect host! He really made renting from him a pleasant and easy experience. The apartment itself had everything we needed. We really enjoyed the balcony and the roof terrace. We would recommend to anyone to stay here and if we ever visit Florence again we will stay here.
Great apartment right in the middle of Florence
We arrived as planned, and Mr. Paxia was there to welcome us. Although I protested, he carried one of our bags up the stairs, I carried the other. The apartment was clean, attractive and well stocked. It is comfortable, but not fancy. Mr. Paxia gave us a complete run down on how everything in the apartment works, showed us where to shop, gave us some restaurant business cards and also showed their location on a map he left for us; all were close by. We later noticed that Rick Steves had mentioned several of these restaurants, and we wound up going to one of them three times. Mr. Paxia left a cell phone in case we needed to contact him.
The positives of the apartment include: 1. location on a pedestrian-only street, so it was quiet. The Duomo bells go off several times a day, but with the windows closed weren't a problem for us. Often I would open the windows sometimes to hear them 2. A great food market is about a half block away with any food item from eggs, wine and milk, to gourmet sweets, meats, cheese, etc, and the prices were reasonable. You can shop for all your food needs here, you really don't have to go anywhere else, unless you want to eat at a restaurant 3. About four(?) long blocks to the main train station, with buses next to it, so you don't need a car (a car is a liability if you stay in this apartment since you can't drive in the center of Florence in general; we took the train to Cinque Terra for two days) 4. Half a block to the C1 minibus stop which will take you to multiple galleries, and you can also transfer to other city buses 5. location is fantastic about a block away from the Duomo and close to many other key sites by foot 6. Apartment has a balcony with table which looks over the street and a terrace for enjoying a broader view 6. apartment has nice views of Duomo, San Lorenzo, etc.
If we return to Florence, we would stay here again; the price is reasonable, and I recommend it. The only downside is its location on the top floor, as is mentioned, I believe, in the Homeaway writeup. I'm 73, and the stairs weren't a problem for us, but you should be aware of this.
Great location in the heart of Florence
We really enjoyed Giovanni's apartment in Florence. The city is extremely walkable and his location is an easy jaunt from many great spots. There are great views from the rooftop terrace. Giovanni was a terrific host and we appreciated the care he put into our stay with great directions and additional resources on the local area.
From the Owner
“First time I saw this property, I realized it was the perfect place for everybody wants to spend some days in Florence. The apartment is bright, calm and close to everything.”
Activity and Interests
If you like cooking, you will find everything you need in Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo (central market), the main market for food, 100 mt from home. The market was built in the second half of the XIX century, at the time when Florence was capital of the nation. The market offers meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese of the best qualities at cheap prices. It is the traditional market used by people living in the town. It is open only in the morning till two pm. If you prefer to do the shopping in a self-service minimarket, there are two great supermarkets right near by.
Close to the front door (to the left leaving the building) there is one of the most equipped cd-DVD shops in town (Alberti). And a TIM shop (mobile phone service).
Many restaurants and pizzerias are available nearby.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
1 Nov 2017 - 24 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
From the Owner
“It's quite unique to find in Florence an apartment with a balcony and a terrace where you can enjoy a view of Cathedral S. Maria del Fiore, the bell tower of Giotto and the Baptystery and the church of San Lorenzo.”
- Tourist Attractions
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Sofa Bed
- Telephone ...
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker ...
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
- Books for Kids
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Stereo ...
- Video Player
- Video Library
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- city centre
- botanical garden
- laundrette - not serviced
- live theatre
- winery tours
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- 55 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Even the shower (large and comfortable) has a window with a view!
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
- The shades in the bedroom do a great job of keeping it dark when you want it to be.
- Balcony ...
- Terrace ...
- 4 garden chairs
- Max. occupancy: 4
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- A mobile telephone is available in the apartment. Booklet with instruction for using the house equipment