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FABULOUS 2 BDR LOFT WITH ALL COMFORTS IN GREAT OLTRARNO LOCATION!

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Space 780 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet

Overview

About the property

This fabulous apartment is located  in the heart of the Oltrarno district, just a few steps away from Santo Spirito square and all of the typical antique shops, artisans' studios and great restaurants the neighbourhood has to offer. Located on the first floor of a beautiful Palazzo of via dei Serragli, it has been entirely renovated in 2013, painted in 2017, and can sleep up to 4 guests.

LOCATION DETAILS

The bridge right next to the apartment is Ponte della Carraia, where it is possible to find excellent cafes' and restaurants and just walk through streets with unbeatable character and fantastic shopping. All of the city's main monuments and points of interests can be quickly and easily reached in a just a few minutes walk. To name a few examples: world renowned Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is just a about a 5 minutes walk away, the Uffizi museum and Piazza dell Signoria just about 7/8 minutes, Santo Spirito square (with its wonderful daily market) about 2 minutes away and the Pitti Palace about 5 minutes away.

Please note that the loft is inside the centre town's restricted traffic area, so it is ideal for those travelling by plane or train, wishing to live as a local, within walking distance of the main tourist attractions. However, upon request, a car pick-up and parking service is available and includes cancellation of any penalty for entering the restricted area outside of the accessible times.

DESCRIPTION AND FEATURES

The apartment is about 780 square feet large on two levels - with a loft section connected by a wooden stair case. It can sleep up to 4 guests and comes with 2 bedrooms and 1 and a half bathrooms.

It has been entirely renovated in 2013, repainted in 2017, and is very quiet, with double-paned windows, air-conditioning, wi-fi, (see speed below*), a flat TV with blu ray reader and elegant furniture including lively paintings.

* INTERNET SPEED

1. Nominal bandwidth

-Downloads: 20 Mbps

-Upload: 1 Mbps

2. Minimum data speed transmission (minimum bandwidth *)

-Download: 7.2 Mbps

-Upload: 400 Kilobits /s

The entrance of the apartment opens up on the living area that features a cozy living room and a dining area with an open fully equipped kitchen.

One double bedroom with a king-size bed overlooking a quiet courtyard allows for a peaceful night sleep, undisturbed regardless of the potential late night happenings of the lively neighbourhood.

The upstairs mezzanine/loft hosts two single beds and is light and airy thanks also to its large window. It is possible to easily stand up in the mezzanine as in its highest part the ceiling is at about 6 feet.1” but mind the beam at its end! 

The first bathroom has wonderful wooden exposed beams, and features a sink, walk-in shower, toilet and bidet. The second (half) bathroom comes with a toilet, a basin. a washing machine.

NEIGHBOURHOOD

The name “Oltrarno” literally means “beyond the Arno”, and this district, which stretches along the south bank of the river, represents the true character of Florence and in general is quieter, greener and more relaxed than the other districts of Florence so that many tourists tend to choose the Oltrarno area for this reasons.

Locals still live and work in this area and have not given it over completely to generic chain shops and hotels as some of the other area of the center have slowly done. Traditionally an artisans’ quarter, the Oltrarno still boasts many lovely antique shops and artisans’ studios (especially furniture and leather-workers) and Via Maggio remains the focus of Florence’s thriving antiques trade. In many little squares and streets of this area the traditional daily life can still be seen more easily than elsewhere in the city. Monuments, museums, churches, palaces, parks: Pitti Palace, the Ponte Vecchio, Santo Spirito Square, the Gardens of Boboli - as well as Yoga studios, bookstores with restaurant, cafés, music venues, jazz shops, art galleries and the best restaurants in town for quality price ratio make the Oltrarno the trendiest district of Florence.

CHECK-IN/OUT TIME AND FORMALITIES - CITY TAX AND DECLARATION OF PRESENCE

The check in time is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m and the check out is at 10.00 a.m.

A security deposit of 200 euros to be paid on arrival will be given back to guests on departure after checking for damage or breakage.

The price listed is inclusive of: all linens and towels provided, wi-fi internet connection, tv & air conditioning/heating, utilities. A fifty euros final cleaning fee is asked to short term guests (under 1 week) as extra at check-in, to cover for linen and towel washing+ironing and flat cleaning.

The Florence city tax is 2,50 € per >12 years old person per night - probably raised to 3,00 € in 2018. Such amount shall be collected in cash at check-in, and paid by the flat owner to the City of Florence on a monthly basis - see http://centroservizi.lineacomune.it/immagini/images/IMPOSTASOGGIORNO/firenze2014/Multilingua.pdf" and http://centroservizi.lineacomune.it/immagini/images/IMPOSTASOGGIORNO/firenze2014/misuraimposta2015.pdf.

Tourists arriving in Italy must submit a declaration of presence form to a local police office within 1 day of arrival. A photo of the main page of the passport of every guest is hence required (alternatively passport details such as number [only for the head odf the family or group], date and country of birth, citizenship), before arrival or at check- in.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
15 December, 2017

About The Owner

My name is Gaia. I am an economist but have worked in movies as production secretary and script critic, and currently for a museums' photo agency so I

often deal with Florence's art. I am fluent in English and French, and speak a little Spanish. I am married with a photographer and chef, and we have a 10

years old daughter. I grew up in Rome and have briefly lived in France - and in Florence since 1997. I love meeting people from other cultures.

Tel. +39 338 6843256

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2014

Why The Owner chose Ponte Vecchio

I wanted a safe, quiet, comfortable, clean, and fully-functional flat as a future home for my daughter in the Oltrarno, which is my favourite district. Oltrarno preserved until today a truly Florentine atmosphere made of art and artisans, squares where people meet and live together, shops and unique workshops, cafes and restaurants, world-famous and lesser-known museums and monuments - and a way of life you cannot find in other quarters of Florence.

What makes this apartment unique

What I especially liked besides the ideal location allowing you to walk to the main attraction points, is the twin beds mezzanine, the kitchen internal window openind onto the adjacent dining area, the two bathrooms, the high ceilings and the quietness of the loft.

Location

Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Florence Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.03 Miles
Cuculia Ristorante Libreria
Nearest Ferry
58 Miles
Livorno
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Golf Club Parco di Firenze
Nearest Train
0.7 Miles
Florence Santa Maria Novella
Nearest Motorway
6.4 Miles
A1
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Il santo Bevitore
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Abetone
Nearest Beach
68 Miles
Forte dei marmi
Car: not necessary

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Ponte Vecchio in Centro Storico (Quartiere 1)

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 780 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Lift
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , WASHING MACHINE
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed , 3RD FOLDABLE BED CAN BE ADDED UPON REQUEST AT AN EXTRA FEE
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • tennis

Reviews

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5

Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying here. It was very quiet, the kitchen is well equipped and the beds were very comfortable. We could walk to many attractions, restaurants and a fantastic gelato shop! Gaia and Cristina were very helpful throughout our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Linda and Diane , it was great to meet you! Hope to see you back
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5

A true Home away from Home!!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a 19 day stay at this property and loved every minute of it. We were greeted, right on time, by Christina, who helps to manage the property, and lives in the building, too-very convenient if you have questions. Gaia, the owner is lovely and from day one, responded to our inquiries within the same day. We were able to communicate via text to both when we had questions about where to go and what to eat from the locals. Since we were staying for quite a while, we were able to get a real feel of Florence and the Oltrarno neighborhood. The location is excellent since it is only a 10 minute walk to the big sites ( Uffizi, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio) but at the same time away from the crazy tourist scene. The street that the apt is located on is very busy, however, we never heard a thing once inside. The inside is tastefully and cheerfully decorated with original oil paintings. The ceiling is high, with the loft access and there are two sets of large windows to give lots of light. The loft has two twin beds and a closet which we did not use, but would be great for kids. As usual with a loft, the ceiling is sloped, which does not give much standing room, but we did not need it.The One and a half Bathroom set up worked well for us. Just one shower, but that was all we needed. The Master bedroom was average size but the bed, a King size, was very comfortable. The Oltrarno neighborhood is home to many locals which makes it authentic. There are several clothing boutiques, Vintage clothing stores and several Home Accessory stores that have one of a kind items. There are also Artisans that are actually working on their items including a Wood working store .There is a chain grocery store and a Pharmacy and ATM one block away. This was the best VRBO we have had and consider ourselves fortunate to have met Gaia and Christina and hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and appreciation of your stay. It was a pleasure to host you guys and I reciprocally consider myself fortunate you chose my flat. Hope to see you again in Italy soon.
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4

Quiet comfortable and we'll equipped.

  • 4 of 5

Very close to the city highlights, all within walking distance. The perfect haven after a busy day sightseeing.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fabulous central location

  • 5 of 5

A real treat to stay in this apartment. no more than 50 meters from the best gelato shop in Florence and 60 meters from the River Arno. The facilities in the 1st floor flat are great and it is in a really traditional Italian building which is a big bonus. The flat is tastefully decorated, with modern facilities and good wifi. The loft space is fun and my tall teenagers did not mind ducking to get into bed. The apartment feels very safe with a main street door an internal gate and a very safe front door! Ms Christina met us on arrival and was very kind, she put on the air conditioning before we arrived. with a welcoming bottle of Prosecco. Gaia was excellent at keeping in touch prior to our arrival. I would recommend staying for 3 days at least, if you want to make the most of Florence. We also fitted in a day trip to Pisa. The train station is only a 10 minute walk and the bus to the airport leaves from the train station also. Really handy!

thank you for the great memories! x

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Everything you need for your stay in Firenze.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful apartment. Best gelato in Florence on the corner and very accommodating host. Would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic location and wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

It was a quick 20 minute walk from the train station. Christina was waiting at the door to show us up to the apartment. She was a great help to show us around the apartment and where to find the supermarket (just a few mintues down the street). There is an elevator, which some of us took advantage of at the end of long hot days exploring. The loft got a little warm at night for sleeping and the air conditioning didn't seem to make it up there but there were fans to help keep the air moving.

Gaia was even kind enough to leave us some bottled water in the fridge and some snacks for our arrival. The Prosecco did not go to waste as we thourgly enjoyed it with dinner one night.

Gaia was quick to respond when we had any questions before and during our trip. She even helped us find the fantastic balsamic she had in the kitchen so we could take some home.

We would for sure stay at this apartment if we are lucky enough to return to Florence in our future travels.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for such high praises, it was a pleasure to deal with you and I am really happy you enjoyed your stay, Florence and my flat.
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