Sleeps 2, 1 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, air conditioning, delightful bright apartment, historic area, easy walking everywhere, no lift
Vacation Property Details
This lovely apartment is located on the first floor (without elevator - 48 steps to climb) in this historic building This street is very quiet and goes up to Forte Belvedere, one of the most beautiful vantage points of Florence along with Piazzale Michelangelo and Fiesole. In just a few minutes from here you can reach all the main monuments in Florence. The area has plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and anything you might need during your stay in Florence.
The apartment has 1 bedroom, can host up to 2 people and has 1 bathroom complete with shower. You arrive in a living room in which you will find some elegant sofas, a dining table with 4 chairs and a flat screen TV. Near the dining area you will also find a fully equipped and modern styled kitchen to cook anything you like. Perhaps something enticing you have found at the Mercato?
An antechamber near the living room will lead you to the bathroom, complete with shower, and to the double bedroom (with twin beds - 80x190cm - which can be separated on request). The apartment is equipped with WiFi internet service and air conditioning.
- House linens (sheets & towels)
- Air conditioning
- Coffee machine
- Television Dishwasher, Washing machine
- Ironing Set
- No Elevator
- No Smoking
- Maintenance services
Area The apartment is located in the Oltrarno district in Florence’s historic city. The name “Oltrarno” literally means “beyond the Arno” and this district which stretches along the south bank of the river represents a different facet of Florence to that which is found near the Duomo. The Oltrarno perhaps displays the true character of Florence and in general is slightly quieter, greener and more relaxed than the other districts of Florence. Indeed many tourists tend to choose the Oltrarno for this reason. Traditionally an artisans’ quarter, the Oltrarno still boasts today many lovely antique shops and artisans’ studios (particularly furniture and leather-workers) and Via Maggio remains the focus of Florence’s thriving antiques trade. Over time the Oltrarno became a rather chic area and many aristocrats chose this neighbourhood to build their villas and palaces, the largest of these being the Pitti Palace, which became the home of the various Grand Dukes. Today this sumptuous palace houses several important museums which rank amongst the best in Florence. Other major sights the Oltrarno has to offer are the Cappella Brancacci with the fabulous frescoes of Masaccio, Piazzale Michelangelo with its breath-taking views over Florence, the magnificent church of San Miniato, (one of the highest points in the city of Florence and also one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture within Tuscany) together with the most famous and oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio, home to a glittering array of jewellery shops and goldsmiths. Extending up the hill from the Pitti Palace are the formal Boboli Gardens, an outdoor museum of garden sculpture that includes Roman antiquities as well as 16th and 17th century works. The Oltrarno is famous for its wine bars such as Olio & Convivium, authentic trattorias serving typical Tuscan cuisine, including Il Santo Bevitore, I 4 Leoni and Il Magazzino, not to mention the wonderful fresh produce market held every morning in Piazza Santo Spirito. For those choosing an apartment in this area the Oltrarno quarter also offers a choice of grocery stores, patisserie, bakeries, gift shops and much more.
Public transport Link for the public bus service in Florence: www.ataf.net Link for the national train network in Italy: www.trenitalia.it
Included/Excluded in Price
Utilities included up to € 150.00 (for stays up to 30 days), final cleaning, towels and sheets provided, condominium fees, and agency fees.
Not included in the price: Tourist tax of €2.50 per person (over the age of 12) per night, for the first 7 nights Payable in cash locally; utilities of water, electricity, (for rentals over 30 days) if exceeding € 150.00; fee for registering the contract (which in accordance to Italian law must be written in Italian), for rentals over 30 days, equal to 1% of the total rental price (with a minimum fee of € 33.50) plus tax stamps.
Approx Location: For security reasons this is approx only, you will receive full details prior to arrival
Rentals, particularly through agencies, have two important requirements. Most obvious, the space itself has to be what's advertised and comfortable. The other is that the agency has to provide support during the occupancy. This apartment satisfies both conditions. It is substantially as shown on the website, and, absent an occasional, noisy, transient resident in another rental, the apartment is very quiet, and is fairly bright, and does have a charming view over a garden and over rooftops. The agency, particularly Ms Marteil, was always responsive to reasonable tenant requests, including incoming post, restaurant recommendations, the print of some extensive documents, and provision of linens on an irregular schedule. The apartment is well-located, on the cusp of the "tourist ghetto", but a turn out the front door away from the Duomo leads quickly into the actual Italian residential life.
ARTURO R. 4.6/5 I was very comfortable in this apartament, I found every thing in good conditions and every thing works very nice. Thanks. I will recomend your company!
JTerry. 4.4/5 Warm, friendly apartment, made even more so by Deborah's greeting and generous explanations of how to make best use of it. Rich furnishings and quaint old fixtures add to its ambience. We couldn't have enjoyed our two day Florence stay more!
Belinda Smith. 4.4/5 The apartment is in the most fabulous location possible and that is one of the most satisfying memories of our visit. We enjoyed everything about it and the ability to keep the windows open in the evening and night with no traffic noise was wonderful. We enjoyed walking out the front door, along Pontevecchio and under the bust of Cosimo de Medici and realizing that he had walked the same paths we were about to walk. It was positively awesome. Loved being able to buy groceries on the way home in the evening from local vendors. It was a wonderful place. The apartment was fantastic, there was security, the bedroom was nicely done, well planned and bed quite comfortable with extra sheets and towels. Bathroom was nice,all seemed brand new. The living room was cosy and the kitchen more than adequate for our needs. Would definitely come back.
Becky H. 4.4/5 This was our second time renting in Florence for a week-long stay. Our first experience was in a lovely apartment on the Piazza della Signoria. This time we chose to be across the river in the quieter Oltrarno section of Florence. The location of Topazia is very convenient; close to the Ponte Vecchio on a small quiet street with a nearby grocery store, bank, post office, taxi stand and restaurants. We loved leaving the crowds when we went home at the end of each day of sightseeing. We were told that Topazia was recently rennovated and was new to the rental market. The apartment is very nicely layed out and well-equipped. The rooms are a good size for 2 people and it would be easy to entertain for 4-6. It was great to have a washing machine. We did find that the apartment was quite damp and drying clothes was a challenge. The apartment is well represented on the website with one exception; it is not bright and sunny as is shown in the professional photos. It is in fact, quite dark, especially the bedroom. This was not an issue for us for one week, but some people may want to consider this for a longer term rental if low light is an issue. Overall, a positive experience